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Circular economy package: Four legislative proposals on waste [EU Legislation in Progress]

Written by Didier Bourguignon (5th edition),


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Although waste management in the EU has improved considerably in recent decades, over a quarter of municipal waste is still landfilled and less than half is recycled or composted, with wide variations between Member States. Improving waste management could deliver positive effects for the environment, climate, human health and the economy. As part of a shift towards a circular economy, the European Commission made four legislative proposals introducing new waste-management targets regarding reuse, recycling and landfilling, strengthening provisions on waste prevention and extended producer responsibility, and streamlining definitions, reporting obligations and calculation methods for targets.


See also our at a glance note on: ‘Circular economy 1.0 and 2.0: A comparison‘.

See our animated infographic on Circular Economy.



Proposals for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council

  • amending Directive 2008/98/EC on waste
  • amending Directive 1999/31/EC on the landfill of waste
  • amending Directive 94/62/EC on packaging and packaging waste
  • amending Directives 2000/53/EC on end-of-life vehicles, 2006/66/EC on batteries and accumulators and waste batteries and accumulators, and 2012/19/EU on waste electrical and electronic equipment
Committee responsible:


Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI)

Simona Bonafè (S&D, Italy)

COM(2015)593, COM(2015)594, COM(2015)595, COM(2015)596 of 02.12.2015

procedure ref.: 2015/0272(COD), 2015/0274(COD), 2015/0275(COD), 2015/0276(COD),

Ordinary legislative procedure

Next steps expected: Trilogue negotiations

Stage: voted in plenary

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3 thoughts on “Circular economy package: Four legislative proposals on waste [EU Legislation in Progress]

  1. Hello Everyone,

    does any of you know how I can find the three CE packages (as a pdf file) from July 2014/February 2015/ December 2015?
    I’m very happy about any advice:-)


    Posted by Sophie Jürgens | June 15, 2017, 20:42


  1. Pingback: Turning waste into a resource | European Parliamentary Research Service Blog - September 26, 2017

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