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

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 […]

More jobs, less waste: RREUSE reaction to Juncker’s  State of the Union 2018

More jobs, less waste: RREUSE reaction to Juncker’s State of the Union 2018

Today, on 12 September 2018, Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the European Commission delivered his speech on the State of the Union.  RREUSE welcomes the Commission’s efforts to contribute to job creation and deliver not only promises but also results. However, more importance should be placed on offering employment opportunities for the disadvantaged, such as long-term unemployed, disabled, low-skilled or marginalised persons. Social enterprises offer training and jobs that significantly […]

More jobs, less waste: What RREUSE would like to see in the State of the Union 2018

More jobs, less waste: What RREUSE would like to see in the State of the Union 2018

Jean-Claude Juncker, the President of the European Commission, will deliver his State of the Union speech on 12 September 2018. RREUSE believes that this year, in line with the Commission’s priorities of jobs and growth, more attention should be given to the circular economy and its potential to foster social inclusion. Overconsumption, our throwaway culture and the lack of incentives to support re-use and repair activities are straining our natural resources. As a […]

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 […]

Belgian region sets re-use target for electricals

Belgian region sets re-use target for electricals

The southern Belgian province of Wallonia is the latest region to introduce a separate target for re-use of waste electrical items following a pioneering move by Spain in 2015. The Walloon Government Decree requires 2 % of waste electric and electronic equipment (WEEE) to be ‘prepared for re-use’ annually from January 2020. The target covers six categories of waste appliances, making it wider in scope than the Spanish measures. This Belgian […]