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 […]

RREUSE 2016 Activity Report

RREUSE 2016 Activity Report

RREUSE 2016 activity report is now available online. It includes the latest set of data collected from our members across Europe as well as best practice examples. Learn more about our policy work, communications and projects: Download the report (pdf) *If you download the document to your computer you will be able to click the hyperlinks in the report  

Position paper on Reduced taxation to support re-use and repair

Position paper on Reduced taxation to support re-use and repair

In Europe 77% of citizens would be willing to have their goods repaired but hardly ever do because it is too expensive for them to do so [1]. Re-use and repair activities need to be made cheaper in order for Europe to keep the value of products and prevent wasting resources. The Commission’s Circular Economy Action Plan encourages the use of economic instruments to help ensure the extension of a […]

10 key steps to get the circular economy back on track

10 key steps to get the circular economy back on track

Setting binding targets for preparing for re-use at EU level amongst the 10 key steps to get the circular economy package on track. We call on the EU Parliament and Member States to put second-hand first Download the full pdf here        

RREUSE position on Commission’s circular economy proposals

RREUSE position on Commission’s circular economy proposals

In December 2015, the European Commission relaunched a strategy for moving Europe towards a ‘Circular Economy’ which includes a set of legislative proposals to revise key EU waste laws. It is critically important that re-use of unwanted but re-usable goods is the top priority, above recycling and that the role of social enterprises in the sector is explicitly supported within the legal text. Read our feedback and suggestions to policy […]

Re-use has higher employment potential than recycling

Re-use has higher employment potential than recycling

A new briefing from RREUSE shows that the job creation potential of the re-use sector is significantly higher than recycling, incineration and landfill. The report cites US figures showing that for 10,000 tonnes of waste products and materials, 1 job would be created if incineration were used compared to 6 jobs in landfill, 36 jobs in recycling, and up to 296 in refurbishment and re-use. Data from Komosie, a Belgian […]

Making repair cheaper and easier through EU policy

Making repair cheaper and easier through EU policy

In response to the European Commission’s recent consultation on a new Circular Economy package, RREUSE has published an analysis of how EU policy could be better implemented to ensure products entering the EU market are easily and cheaply repairable. Michal Len, Director of RREUSE said: “Jobs in repair are rapidly declining – EU citizens want their stuff repaired but it’s too expensive for them to do so and consequently they […]