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 […]
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 […]
RREUSE has published a joint briefing highlighting the key policy areas that must be addressed by the EU institutions to ensure a fully functioning circular economy, and some of the often overlooked benefits that can result. Read the briefing here.
We want the EU to put re-use and repair at the heart of the new circular economy legislation, to be published later this year. Putting second hand first with concrete action and targets, beyond recycling, will be a major boost for the economy, society and the environment. Read our position paper here
RREUSE has published a joint manifesto calling for legislation that ensures new products sold in Europe are made more durable and easy to repair. RREUSE will work together with the co-signatories, including IFIXIT, Repair Café International, FoEE, the EEB, ZWE and ECOS, to achieve the aims outlined in the manifesto. The groups are also keen to encourage other organisations that also share this vision to join them. Read the statement […]
The proposal by the European Commission to withdraw the Circular Economy Package from its 2015 Work Programme has produced a worrying climate of uncertainty. The arguments given for proposing the withdrawal call into question the legality, substance and democracy of the decision. Download (pdf)
Brussels, 7 January 2015 Joint Statement on the European Commission’s plan to withdraw the waste component of the Circular Economy package from its 2015 Work Programme The signatories of this statement, which include business associations, NGOs and federations of municipalities, wish to underline their support for the Circular Economy package as it would bring about substantial environmental, economic and social benefits. Although there are various ideas about how to improve the current set of […]
Brussels, 19th November 2014 Dear President Juncker, We, the undersigned, are writing to express our deep concern about the potential withdrawal of the Circular Economy Package from the Commission’s 2015 Work Programme. Given its potential for green job creation, resource security, environmental protection and economic growth, combined with the strong support from a wide variety of stakeholders, we condemn its possible withdrawal. Since its release in July, the political process has begun in earnest, […]