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Council of Ministers signals support for threatened Circular Economy package

EU environment ministers at their last Council meeting. [Council of the EU/Flickr]

EU environment ministers at their last Council meeting. [Council of the EU/Flickr]

EU environment ministers have signalled their support for waste rules, part of the Circular Economy package axed today from the European Commission’s 2015 work programme, and will discuss the pending legislation at their meeting in Brussels tomorrow (17 December).

Ambassadors from 23 member states, led by the Italy, which holds the rotating Presidency of the EU, put the waste package onto the agenda of the Council of Ministers meeting.

That decision was taken on Friday at a meeting of top diplomats, held a day after leaked documents appeared to confirm that the executive was planning to ditch the Circular Economy package as part of cull of pending bills.

Read>>Commission plans to ditch circular economy and air pollution rules

The European Commission will ditch the Circular Economy package, replace it with “more ambitious” legislation in 2015, and change pending air-pollution rules, First Vice-President Frans Timmermans told MEPs today (16 December).

Read>>Circular Economy package to be ditched and re-tabled

Presidency sources said the countries wanted to show the Commission, and the European Parliament, that there was support for keeping the waste rules. The Circular Economy package is designed to increase resource efficiency and recycling.

Other parts of the package, and the similarly threatened Air Quality package, could not be supported in the same way at this stage, EurActiv has learnt. Friday’s meeting was between ambassadors dealing with the waste rules. Had the working party been responsible for other threatened regulation, a similar initiative could have been taken.

Sources said there had not been enough time to  arrange such a move. But placing the waste package on the agenda was intended as a broader signal to the Commission.

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