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EU Environment Commissioner Vella says the first report will be published not before 5 years from the adoption. Key roles to local authorities.
The full implementation of the European Package on Circular Economy is on track, according to Environment Commissioner Karmenu Vella. However, Vella specifies that a progress report will not not be carried out before 5 years.
Vella added that the correct implementation of the Circular Economy Package, announced in December last year, would represent a triple win situation to society through “savings for EU businesses, job creation and a reduction of environmental pressures including carbon emissions”.
“Implementation of the Action Plan is on track – he said – Last year, we launched targeted calls in the Horizon2020 programme for ‘Industry 2020 in the Circular Economy’, and the Commission adopted its proposal for online sales of goods. And one month ago (17 March) we presented a revised Fertilisers Regulation, including measures to improve the market access of organic and bio-waste-based fertilisers in the EU.”
Vella also announced that the Commission is now preparing the new Eco-design Work Plan, in order to promote energy efficiency, reparability, durability, upgradability, and recyclability in manufacturing.
The Package foresees a progress report 5 years after its adoption, although more regular updates to member states and to the European Parliament are expected.
According to Vella, cities and regions can play a key role in the transition towards circular economy, which includes measures targeted at product design as well as waste prevention, recycling and reusing. Local authorities are usually in charge for managing waste sorting, providing citizens with information and implementing rules, as pointed out by Vella, therefore they are in the right position to support an intelligent implementation of these measures at a local level.