COP 24: Creating jobs in a low-carbon economy by going circular

COP 24: Creating jobs in a low-carbon economy by going circular

Once again, the Conference of the Parties (COP) is meeting to discuss advancements in adapting to and mitigating climate change, including measures to limit the global average temperature rise to well below 2°C and pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C. In spite of the different countries’ efforts, the recently published Emissions Gap Report shows that global CO2 emissions have gone up in 2017 for the first time […]

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 […]

Spanish study shows zero taxation on second-hand goods not a ‘loss’ to state budget

Spanish study shows zero taxation on second-hand goods not a ‘loss’ to state budget

AERESS, the Spanish association of social and solidarity enterprises active in re-use, repair and recycling is calling on its government to introduce VAT exemptions for second-hand products. Used goods that have been recovered from the waste stream through ‘preparing for re-use’ and put back on the second-hand market by social enterprises should be a subject to zero percent VAT rate. A new study issued by AERESS shows that the monetary […]

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 […]