Why we need to tackle food waste and what social enterprises are doing about it

With 88 million tonnes worth of food wasted annually in Europe,[1] there are strong reasons for the new Commission to keep the fight against food waste at the top of its agenda. By 31 December 2023, the EU Commission will establish food waste reduction targets for Member States, including guidelines to ensure that targets are met by 2030 in line with SDG 12.3. As part of Member States assessments, the […]

Open letter: Google threatens existence of independent repair service providers

Open letter: Google threatens existence of independent repair service providers

At the initiative of Runder Tisch Reparatur, a German organisation composed of repairers, NGOs, consumer organisation, scientists and local repair initiatives, a joint letter was sent to the European Commissioners Margrethe Vestager (Competition) and Karmenu Vella (Environment) endorsed by 17 organisations from across Europe including RREUSE. This letter was addressing the issue of Google blocking adverts from independent repairers. Thousands of independent repairers are affected and can no longer advertise […]

Social public procurement for environmental services: examples from the RREUSE network and beyond

Social public procurement for environmental services: examples from the RREUSE network and beyond

55 % of procurement procedures still use the lowest price as the only award criterion [1], without considering any potential added social or environmental value they could support through making purchase choices between competing products or services. With public authorities in the EU spending about 14 % of GDP on public purchases, they have significant potential in driving markets for ethical and sustainable purchases and supporting local job creation. Re-use, […]

Response to the Public consultation on sustainability requirements for batteries

Response to the Public consultation on sustainability requirements for batteries

The 9th of January 2019, the European Commission published a roadmap on sustainability requirements for batteries. RREUSE welcomes this commitment from the European Commission to take action towards an improvement of the sustainability requirements linked to batteries placed on the European market. This is the opportunity to make sure that: All the batteries can be readily removable non-destructively by the end-user Soldering or gluing the batteries to other parts is banned […]

RREUSE comments on EU VAT rule proposals

RREUSE comments on EU VAT rule proposals

On 18 January 2018, the European Commission published proposals to revise the current VAT directive, part of an effort to create a harmonised and simplified VAT system across the EU.  The proposals are now under the scrutiny of the European Parliament which is set to formalise its opinion during a plenary sitting in October this year. Nevertheless, at a later stage the ultimate decision on the final rules rests in […]

RREUSE 2017 Impact & Activity Report

  RREUSE Activity Report 2017 Learn more about our policy work, communications and projects: Download the report here RREUSE Network Impact 2017 The 1,000 social enterprises making up RREUSE’s wider network diverted 1,000,000 tonnes of material from landfill through re-use, repair & recycling and engaged around 160,000 employees, trainees and volunteers. For more details download the infographic here * The RREUSE Network Impact contains official updated 2017 figures. This data […]

RREUSE position on the updated EU Waste Framework Directive

RREUSE position on the updated EU Waste Framework Directive

As part of the European Commission’s Circular Economy Package, a number of EU waste laws have recently been updated with Member States having until 4th July 2020 to transpose the new provisions into their national legal frameworks. These include EU Directives on Waste, Packaging and Packaging Waste, Landfill, Batteries, Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) and End of Life Vehicles (EoLV). RREUSE, the European network of social enterprises active in […]

RREUSE comments on the European Semester

RREUSE comments on the European Semester

National Reform Programmes 2018 The European Semester aims at contributing to the coordination of economic policies across the European Union (EU). Within the European Semester [1] process, National Reform Programmes (NRPs) [2] are published by Member States each year, to present the policies that are going to be adopted in order to boost jobs and growth and to counter macroeconomic imbalances. Some sections of the NRPs are dedicated to respond to […]

Response to the Public consultation on integration of long-term unemployed into the labour market

Response to the Public consultation on integration of long-term unemployed into the labour market

RREUSE welcomes the European Commission’s interest in following up on the evolution of long-term unemployment in the EU through a public consultation. RREUSE is a network representing social enterprises in the field of re-use, repair and recycling and our members are key actors when it comes to employing disadvantaged people distanced from the labour market, which includes long-term unemployed persons. RREUSE took the consultation as an opportunity to present two […]

Response to Public Consultation on the Evaluation of the 7th Environment Action Programme

Response to Public Consultation on the Evaluation of the 7th Environment Action Programme

The 7th Environment Action Programme is the long term overarching strategy of the EU and its Member States in the field of environment and climate change. It covers a seven-year time frame (between 2014 and 2020) and is the first to set a long-term vision for policy-making in the field, until 2050. RREUSE welcomed the opportunity to comment on the implementation of the 7th Environment Action Programme which has had […]