Joint Statement: Call for specific support measures for inclusive and integrated forms of employment during the Coronavirus crisis

Joint Statement: Call for specific support measures for inclusive and integrated forms of employment during the Coronavirus crisis

A united call made by ENSIE, RREUSE, Social Firms Europe – CEFEC and CEC. For the attention of the Presidents and representatives of the EU institutions, the Members of the European Parliament and the attention of Government Representatives The Coronavirus Pandemic is affecting all of us right now, those closely impacted by the Coronavirus as well as those in confinement at home and businesses uncertain of their future and staff […]

Social and Circular Outlook 2020-2025

RREUSE’s vision is a Europe that supports the role of social enterprise in the transition to a circular economy, prioritising activities in re-use and repair. Actions under the European Green Deal, Circular Economy Action Plan 2.0 and future Action Plan for the Social Economy must ensure a job-rich, just and inclusive circular transition focused on the wellbeing of all individuals. Click here for the PDF version Cliquez ici pour la […]

France to create a Solidarity Re-use Fund (and other re-use friendly measures)!

France to create a Solidarity Re-use Fund (and other re-use friendly measures)!

Member States have until the 4th of July 2020 to transpose the updated Waste Framework Directive. After a final vote in the Senate on the 30th of January, France is now the first to validate its transposition law. Among other ambitious proposals, the text will trigger the creation of a Solidarity Re-use Fund, a re-use and preparing for re-use target, a ban on the destruction of unsold goods, re-use corners […]

RREUSE feedback on the New Circular Economy Action Plan

RREUSE feedback on the New Circular Economy Action Plan

RREUSE welcomes the roadmap on a New Circular Economy Action Plan and supports the idea that, to speed up the transition, we must take into account impacts associated with “the lifecycle of products”. The strengthening of circular economy related policies is very much needed to change our consumption patterns, create local jobs and achieve the objectives set out by the European Green Deal. While the roadmap identifies a number of […]

RREUSE comments on the effectiveness of the ESF in promoting social inclusion

RREUSE comments on the effectiveness of the ESF in promoting social inclusion

RREUSE responded to a recent call for the evaluation of the effectiveness of the ESF  in promoting social inclusion, combatting poverty and discrimination (over the period 2015- 2018). A call was put out for members to respond before the closing date of the 19.12.19. The next public consultation on the evaluation of the support to education by the ESF can be found here. RREUSE members may have particular experience promoting lifelong learning, supporting vocational […]

Vision for a New Fashion Season: Social and Circular

Vision for a New Fashion Season: Social and Circular

Each EU citizen consumes a staggering 26 kg of textiles per year on average with the textile supply chain responsible for 15 % of primary raw material consumption of EU households[i]. The ‘fast fashion’ phenomenon shapes the way we consume clothes and has soared per capita sales[ii]. Overconsumption and insufficient regulation on circularity has led to increased volumes of low quality textiles, unfit for re-use let alone recycling. With textiles […]

Joint statement: Social enterprises as an integral part of the fair, green and circular transition in Europe

Every day in Europe, 2.8 million social economy enterprises employing some 19.1 million people are dedicated to solving societal challenges whilst running a sustainable business. All in all, this accounts for some 6.3% of the total paid workforce in Europe.1 Unlike traditional businesses, social enterprises create revenues and profits that are directly re-invested into up-skilling, innovative jobs and training opportunities. By working towards an inclusive and circular economy with a […]

WEEE preparation for re-use: Position on CENELEC standards for the sector

A professional approach to the preparation for reuse[1] of WEEE[2] is essential both in terms of consumer safety and confidence when purchasing second-hand goods. It is also important because of health, safety and environmental issues, particularly considering the potential presence of substances of concern). Hundreds of social economy enterprises across Europe are active in this sector, giving a new lease of life to products and providing local job and training […]

10 Priorities to Transform EU Waste Policy

Almost 90% of material resources used in the EU are lost after their first use. A lot more effort is needed to accelerate a systemic transition to a circular economy, to drastically reduce the EU’s absolute natural resource use and greenhouse gas emissions, respecting the planetary boundaries and striving towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The European Commission’s next Circular Economy Action Plan alongside the overarching European Green Deal should […]

Drawing to a close on the centenary ILO celebrations of 2019

RREUSE presented at the ILO’s 11th SSE (Social and Solidarity Economy) Academy during the year, contributing to the session in mid-October (14-18 October) which took place in the Ministry of Labour, Migration and Social Security in Madrid, Spain. Approximately two hundred gathered for the SSE Academy travelling from five continents, for the event which aptly fell during the centenary celebrations of the ILO. The theme for the bi-annual academy, ‘The […]