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 […]

3rd International Conference on the Role of Social & Solidarity Enterprises in the Circular Economy | 6 – 8 November 2019

3rd International Conference on the Role of Social & Solidarity Enterprises in the Circular Economy | 6 – 8 November 2019

• Para la versión en Castellano hacer clic aquí • • Euskarazko bertsioa lortzeko sakatu honako botoia • • Pour la version française, cliquez ici •   3rd International Conference on the Role of Social & Solidarity Enterprises in the Circular Economy • 6 – 8 November 2019 Berriozar (Pamplona) | Spain       RREUSE, the European network of social enterprises active in re-use, repair and recycling, is delighted to […]

European Elections 2019: Three priorities MEPs should take on board

European Elections 2019: Three priorities MEPs should take on board

Ahead of the European elections on 23 – 26 May 2019, we would like to urge prospective Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) to include the following points into their work programme for an inclusive society and circular economy: Support the role and development of social enterprise in a circular economy Social enterprises are key actors when it comes to the insertion of people at risk of socio-economic exclusion, such as long-term […]

Making re-use mainstream by getting everyone on board

22 – 23 November, over 80 participants from 20 countries gathered in Nijmegen, Europe’s Green Capital 2018, to discuss the role of social enterprise in a circular economy. The event, RREUSE’s 2nd international conference, tackled how to make re-use a natural and convenient choice for consumers and encourage public, private and social enterprises to collaborate closely in the field. With the private sector getting increasingly interested in take-back, repair and […]

One year anniversary of the European Pillar of Social Rights

One year anniversary of the European Pillar of Social Rights

  Social enterprises active in re-use, repair and recycling greatly contribute to making the European Pillar of Social Rights a reality. By creating local green jobs and training opportunities for individuals at risk of socio-economic exclusion, they provide a compelling model for an inclusive circular economy. Download the poster (pdf)    

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 […]

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 […]

2nd International RREUSE conference | 22 – 23 November 2018

2nd International RREUSE conference | 22 – 23 November 2018

  2nd International RREUSE conference: Making the circular economy attractive, convenient and inclusive   22 – 23 November 2018 Nijmegen, Netherlands   How was it? Read the summary article here   Encouraging citizens, companies and governments to think second-hand first is not easy. We all want to move towards a circular economy but is it possible without changing our behaviour? Can awareness about the social and environmental value of re-use […]