Our focus & priorities
Focus 2019 – 2024
Ambitious waste recycling targets for municipal, packaging, C&D waste by 2025 and 2030 (new Circular economy package, European strategy for plastic, revision of the Waste Directives)
Mandatory recycled content in PET bottles by 2025 and in beverage containers by 2030
Ensuring safe recycling environment by accelerating the work on the interface aspects between chemicals, waste and product policies.
Leading Europe towards a circular economy.
Our top priorities
Our priorities promote the transition towards a more circular society and reflect the key policies that drive change in the field of waste management.
Foster resource efficiency
Recycle as much as possible, yet recognise that not all waste can be recycled either technically nor economically at this moment in time
Recover energy and construction materials from non-recyclable and non-compostable wastes in waste-to-energy facilities
Introduce mandatory recycled content requirements, to build on proposals for PET bottles, to create strong European markets for recycled materials
Improve the recyclability of products through eco-design and reduce of substances of concern, and where needed, to contribute to efficient EPR schemes
Ensure the implementation of existing recycling targets at national level
Use eco-labelling to empower consumer decision making
Leverage public sector buying power through obligatory green public procurement
Accelerate programmes designed to strengthen regulatory enforcement to help all EU Member States reach their recycling targets
Encourage private sector investment in the circular economy
Enforce Single Market rules on state aid
Open up household waste markets to competition and give private entities a level playing field
Abolish the principle of unanimity in the process of negotiations related to VAT harmonisation in the European Union