Brussels Daily
02 Dec 2015


Brussels Daily


Commission adopts ambitious new Circular Economy Package to boost competitiveness, create jobs and generate sustainable growth

Today the European Commission adopted an ambitious new Circular Economy Package to help European businesses and consumers to make the transition to a stronger and more circular economy where resources are used in a more sustainable way. The proposed actions will contribute to “closing the loop” of product lifecycles through greater recycling and re-use, and bring benefits for both the environment and the economy. The plans will extract the maximum value and use from all raw materials, products and waste, fostering energy savings and reducing Green House Gas emissions. The proposals cover the full lifecycle: from production and consumption to waste management and the market for secondary raw materials. The Package has broken down silos in the Commission and contributes to broad political priorities by tackling climate change and the environment while boosting job creation, economic growth, investment and social fairness. It has been prepared by a core project team co-chaired by First Vice-President Frans Timmermans and Vice-President Jyrki Katainen with the close involvement of Commissioners Karmenu Vella and Elżbieta Bieńkowska. Many other Commissioners were also involved in its preparation. First Vice-President Frans Timmermans said: “Our planet and our economy cannot survive if we continue with the ‘take, make, use and throw away’ approach. The circular economy is about reducing waste and protecting the environment, but it is also about a profound transformation of the way our entire economy works.” Vice-President Jyrki Katainen said: “These proposals give a positive signal to those waiting to invest in the circular economy. Today we are saying that Europe is the best place to grow a sustainable and environmentally-friendly business.” More details are available in a press release and a memo online.


Joint statement of Commissioners Corina Crețu and Elżbieta Bieńkowska on their first regular meeting on public procurement

“Public procurement rules are there to ensure that all economic operators throughout the EU have a fair chance to win a public contract. Robust and swift procedures are also essential to support investment and avoid delays. Almost half of the European Structural and Investment Funds are channelled through public procurement. Since the beginning of the Juncker Commission, we have been working closely together so that EU funds are used efficiently by correctly and consistently applying public procurement rules across Europe, thereby contributing to the EU jobs and growth agenda. With the active support of the Commission, a number of Member States have been preparing and implementing national action plans to address structural weaknesses. In October we published guidelines to help public officials across the EU identify and avoid the most frequent errors in public procurement of projects co-financed by the European Structural and Investment Funds. Now it’s time to step up a gear. We have just published an Action Plan in support of more robust procurement in the cohesion context. We also presented and discussed yesterday a series of actions and recommendations to further improve public procurement in the same context with Mr Phil Wynn Owen, Member of the European Court of Auditors. In the field of Cohesion and beyond, ensuring best value for money must be our constant concern. We want to develop active partnerships with Member States to make sure this is the case and, in parallel to a strict monitoring, to assist them in the enforcement of our rules.” More information is available on the Inforegio website.


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