State Aid Case: SA.36499 – Poland Production of electricity, Waste collection; treatment and disposal activities; materials recovery, Remediation activities and other waste management services, Other specialised construction activities

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Draft Council conclusions on “A renewed EU Industrial Policy Strategy”

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UPDATED – Final Draft Agenda: European Parliament Plenary Session (23 – 26 October 2017)

Update: The Final Draft Agenda has been published.

The agenda includes items concerning energy & climate, environment, trade, transport and general policy.

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Report: Moving towards a circular economy with EMAS

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Press Release: Investment boost in Romania – circular economy project under Juncker Plan, three agreements under SME Initiative

At the same time the EIB provided a EUR 7.5m loan to GreenFiber International SA to finance a recycling and circular economy project. This operation is backed by the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), the core of the Investment Plan for Europe, the Juncker Plan. The project will help create 280 full-time jobs and it will increase the amount of waste collected and processed by over 50,000 tonnes per year.

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Stakeholder Press Release: Winners of the European Paper Recycling Awards demonstrate why paper remains a recycling leader

Every two years the European Paper Recycling Council (EPRC) rewards the best, brightest and most innovative paper recycling projects from across the continent with the prestigious European Paper Recycling Award. This year’s award ceremony, which took place on October 18, is jointly hosted by MEP Ms. Simona Bonafè (Italy), rapporteur of the Circular Economy dossier and Ms. Inés Ayala Sender (Spain).

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Agenda: Working Party on International Environment Issues (Int. Chemicals) (26 October 2017)

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Agenda: Working Party on International Environment Issues (Basel/Synergies) (26 October 2017)

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Agenda: Working Party on the Environment (23 October 2017)

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Stakeholder: 5 Points on Copper, Carbon Pricing and EU Competitiveness

Dr Katia Lacasse of the European Copper Institute has defined five points concerning copper, carbon pricing and future competitiveness in the European Union ahead of tomorrow’s Eurometaux-led meeting that asks: how can we really enable Europe’s low-carbon transition?

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Opening remarks by Commissioner Mimica at the Pacific – European Union marine partnership: a comprehensive approach to ocean governance (St Julian’s, 5/10/2017)

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UPDATED – Comitology Committee: Written Consultation of the Programme Committee for the specific programme implementing Horizon 2020 – the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2014-2020) – Configuration ‘Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine, maritime and inland water research, and the bioeconomy’

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Agenda: EU Platform on food losses and food waste (25 October 2017)

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Agenda: EU Platform on food losses and food waste (25 September 2017)

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Minutes: 4th Meeting of the H2020 Commission expert group on the Review of the Bioeconomy strategy (4 May 2017)

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UPDATED – Agenda: General Affairs Council (17 October 2017)

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Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on binding annual greenhouse gas emission reductions by Member States from 2021 to 2030 for a resilient Energy Union and to meet commitments under the Paris Agreement and on a mechanism for monitoring and reporting greenhouse gas emissions and other information relevant to climate change (Effort-Sharing)

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Written Answer to a Question: European investment in the Canary Islands in the area of waste water management

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Agenda: Commission’s Expert Group on Environmental Footprint (5-6 July 2017)

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Agenda: Commission’s Expert Group on Environmental Footprint (30 May 2017)

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Public Procurement for a Circular Economy

Published in October 2017, the brochure on Circular Procurement provides an introduction to the European policy framework and practical guidance to those involved in public procurement decisions. The guidance is complemented by good practice experiences from across Europe demonstrating how circular economy principles are being employed in public procurement.  Full article…

Stakeholder Press Release: New studies confirm – biodegradable plastics boost organic recycling and improve mechanical recycling

Berlin, 17 October 2017 – Biodegradable plastics offer innovative solutions to improve recycling quality by facilitating the means for more efficient separate waste collection. This has been confirmed by a recent study jointly released by Corepla, the Italian Consortium for Collecting, Recycling, and Recovering Plastic Packaging, the Italian Composters Consortium (CIC), and Assobioplastiche, the Italian Bioplastic and Biodegradable and Compostable material Association. The study focused on the effects of biodegradable plastics on plastics recycling streams in Italy, where all single-use carrier bags have to be compostable (according to the European standard EN 13432) since 2011. Full article…

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