3rd International Conference on Social and Solidarity Enterprises in the Circular Economy

On 7 November 2019, RREUSE held its 3rd International Conference in Berriozar, focusing on the role of social and solidarity enterprises in the circular economy. The RREUSE network diverts over 1 million tonnes of material from landfill every year – which is equivalent to the weight of 137 Eiffel Towers. The conference, co-organised by AERESS and Traperos de Emaús Navarra, welcomed over 140 participants from 17 different countries. RREUSE was […]

European Council adopts conclusions on the Economy of Wellbeing

European Council adopts conclusions on the Economy of Wellbeing

RREUSE welcomes news from Luxembourg that today, October 24th 2019, the Council of the European Union has adopted conclusions on the economy of wellbeing. Earlier in its presidency, Finland expressed the need for a paradigm shift in Europe towards an economy of wellbeing. [1] The council conclusions include recommendations and measures for both EU Member States and the Commission, stressing the need to move towards an economy that works for […]

New €1.3 million EU project to boost re-use policies

New €1.3 million EU project to boost re-use policies

On 22 and 23 October, EMULSA hosted the launch meeting of 2LIFES, a European project involving seven partners to promote re-use through public policies. 2LIFES is part of the fourth call of the Interreg Europe programme in which 170 applications were submitted and only 74 selected. The project officially started on 1 August 2019 and will last for 42 months, ending in 2023. With a budget of €1,383,826, 2LIFES operates […]

Grab your tools! Today is Repair Day!

We all have drawers and cupboards we don’t dare open anymore because we’re worried its unsteady and rickety content will knock us over… But you might find some forgotten gems left hibernating and in need of some tinkering. Today is Repair Day 2019, so arm yourself with tools (and a sturdy helmet…) and save these items from premature burial! Ever since 2017, Repair Day takes place every year to promote […]

SUBTRACT: New Interreg Project

SUBTRACT: New Interreg Project

RREUSE collaborates with six international partners on re-use. From the 7-10 October, partners from seven European countries, Italy, Austria, Belgium, Finland, Italy, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden, discussed the future of re-use in Europe at the headquarters of AURI, the Umbrian Waste and Water Authority in Perugia, Italy. Representatives from regional governments like Styria and Catalonia, waste authorities such as Vakin from Sweden, managers and experts of re-use centres were amongst […]

EU leap toward the Right to Repair needs an extra push

EU leap toward the Right to Repair needs an extra push

After having persistently pushed and advocated for measures facilitating repair[1], the RREUSE office optimistically welcomed the European Commission’s newly adopted EU Ecodesign regulations on 1 October 2019[2]. As of 2021 and for the very first time, the measures require manufacturers to produce longer-lasting products and provide professional repairers with spare parts up to 10 years after the purchase date. Added to that, spare parts will need to be replaceable using […]

EU Officials Firsthand Visit to a Re-use Centre Before Next Commission Mandate

EU Officials Firsthand Visit to a Re-use Centre Before Next Commission Mandate

On June 27, RREUSE organised a site visit to a major Belgian textiles sorting facility owned by the social enterprise “Les Petits Riens”. The site visit attracted about 20 representatives from the European Commission, including from the Department for Employment (DG EMPL), Environment (DG ENV), Market, Industry & SMEs (DG GROW) and the European Economic and Social Committee. While EU officials approached the end of their mandate, they nonetheless left […]

EU Environment and Climate Ministers support a shift towards a truly circular economy

EU Environment and Climate Ministers support a shift towards a truly circular economy

Following agreement of the European Council’s strategic agenda 2019-2024, which appears promising for social enterprises active in the circular economy, Member States again expressed their willingness to go deeper in implementing the circular economy. On 12 July 2019 [1] the environment ministers reached a consensus that ’the goal must be a society that does not squander natural resources but creates new business opportunities from scarcity and problem solving. Manufacturing and […]

European Council’s strategic agenda 2019-2024: Looking promising for social enterprises in the circular economy

European Council’s strategic agenda 2019-2024: Looking promising for social enterprises in the circular economy

A “change towards a greener, fairer and more inclusive future” seems high on the European Council’s new strategic agenda for the next five years [1]. The agenda promotes inclusive labour markets that provide opportunities for all and help tackling inequalities and different forms of exclusion. In order to achieve this, the Council underlines the need to invest in people’s skills and education, support entrepreneurship and innovation. It also stresses the […]

RREUSE meeting in Bologna: Four days on bio waste, textiles and social inclusion

In late May, the RREUSE network gathered in Bologna to attend conferences, network meetings and visit local social enterprise initiatives. The programme started off with a workshop on bio waste and more specifically, focused on the transformation of used cooking oils into new products such as biofuels, candles or detergents. The following two days were dedicated to sessions on the various work areas of the RREUSE network which included detailed […]