Youth Employment Support: a bridge to jobs for the next generation. A Greener Future ahead of European Youth?

Youth Employment Support: a bridge to jobs for the next generation. A Greener Future ahead of European Youth?

On 1 July 2020, the European Commission released a communication for a reinforced youth guarantee as part of a package to support youth in the turbulent backdrop of the global pandemic. The package ensures that all young persons from 15-29 receive a quality offer of employment, education, apprenticeship or traineeship within four months. As part of the communication, social economy organisations such as cooperatives and social enterprises have been commended […]

Extra clarity needed on social and circular European recovery funds

Extra clarity needed on social and circular European recovery funds

On 27 May, the European Commission revealed its revamped EU budget, a European Recovery Plan and its adjusted work programme, reaffirming the urgency for the post-coronavirus world to be “sustainable, even, inclusive and fair for all Member States”. Based on a first analysis and aware that discussions are still ongoing at EU level, RREUSE welcomes the recovery strategy as a big step in the right direction. However, more clarity is […]

Circular Economy Action Plan: A socially inclusive vision with re-use and repair at heart

Circular Economy Action Plan: A socially inclusive vision with re-use and repair at heart

Today, the EU Commission published its much-anticipated Circular Economy Action Plan (CEAP). Mathieu Rama, Senior Policy Officer at RREUSE, shared the following reaction: “A comprehensive upstream approach ensuring products are durable, repairable and re-useable is timely. Whilst tackling design of electrical products remains a priority, we welcome indications that other product categories such as textiles and furniture will also be addressed within a new Sustainable Product Policy”. Addressing our soaring […]

A Green and Inclusive Deal?

The newly released “European Green Deal” contains a palpable sense of support for improved social inclusion in a green and just transition but lacks urgency and detail on exactly how the EU proposes to implement such change. The deal, referring to “new business models”, fails to explicitly mention the role of existing sustainable entities such as social enterprises active in re-use and repair already providing up-skilling, jobs and training to […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

RREUSE workshop at the 2019 Circular Economy Stakeholder Conference

RREUSE workshop at the 2019 Circular Economy Stakeholder Conference

The European Commission and the European Economic and Social Committee will host the 2019 European Circular Economy Stakeholder Conference on 6 and 7 March in Brussels.  RREUSE is hosting a workshop on ‘Tools for Measuring the Circular Economy transition’ on 7th March at 11:00. We will be also present in the ‘Networking village’ at 12:30, talking about partnerships with social enterprises. The 2019 conference will build on the success of […]

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 joins Commission expert group on social economy and social enterprises

RREUSE joins Commission expert group on social economy and social enterprises

RREUSE  is pleased to announce that it has been selected to join an expert group on social economy and social enterprises lead by DG GROW and DG EMPL which will run for a six year period. The group is a successor of the Commission’s Expert Group on Social Entrepreneurship (GECES) set up as part of the actions of the Social Business Initiative launched by the Commission in 2011. This is […]