Questions for Written Answer to the Commission concerning the coronavirus outbreak

Update: New questions have been published.

CANCELLED – Expert Group on Sustainable Consumption and Production & Resource efficiency (main group) (3 April 2020)

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Press Release: Germany: Covestro signs EUR 225 million loan facility with EIB for R&D activities

Covestro has agreed a loan with the European Investment Bank (EIB) for EUR 225 million. The loan will provide medium term funding to strengthen Covestro’s research and development (R&D) work in the areas of sustainability and circular economy within the European Union.

Event: European Meetings on Circular Economy and Climate Protection – The future of Plastics in our society (Rome, 20-22 April 2020)

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Event: Plastics Circularity Multiplier Conference (Brussels, 14 October 2020)

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Report: The circular economy: Going digital

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Stakeholder Reactions to the Circular Economy Action Plan

This post will be updated with stakeholder reactions to the new “A new Circular Economy Action Plan for a Cleaner and More Competitive Europe”.

‘I’ Item Note: Draft Union submission to the 102nd session of the Maritime Safety Committee of the IMO from 13 – 22 May 2020 in London, concerning a Union commenting paper on the new output on containers lost at sea in application of the action plan to address marine plastic litter from ships, submitted by Vanuatu

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Event: Plastics Recycling Show Europe (Amsterdam, 27 & 28 October 2020)

Plastics Recycling Show Europe incorporates a two-day conference, covering the latest trends and developments in the sector, as well as reflecting on the most recent legislation, challenges and opportunities. The conference brings together the entire cross-section of the value chain, aiming to promote collaboration and to accelerate the transition towards sustainable and truly circular plastics recycling industry.

OPP One-pager: New Circular Economy Action Plan

The European Commission presented the New Circular Economy Action Plan on 11 March 2020. We have compiled document of all the important upcoming dates and actions announced in the Action Plan.

EP Political Groups Reactions to the Circular Economy Action Plan

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Press Release: Changing how we produce and consume – New Circular Economy Action Plan shows the way to a climate-neutral, competitive economy of empowered consumers

Includes the Communication “A new Circular Economy Action Plan for a Cleaner and More Competitive Europe”, a document with Questions & Answers, and the New Eurostat visualisation tool for the circular economy.

The European Commission  hasadopted a new Circular Economy Action Plan – one of the main building blocks of the European Green Deal, Europe’s new agenda for sustainable growth. With measures along the entire life cycle of products, the new Action Plan aims to make our economy fit for a green future, strengthen our competitiveness while protecting the environment and give new rights to consumers. Building on the work done since 2015, the new Plan focuses on the design and production for a circular economy, with the aim to ensure that the resources used are kept in the EU economy for as long as possible. The plan and the initiatives therein will be developed with the close involvement of the business and stakeholder community.

Written Answer to a Question: Plastic packaging

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OPP Meeting Summary: Environment Council – Exchange of views on the European Green Deal and the AOB items: current proposals and investment plans (5 March 2020)

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Written Answer to a Question: Directive on single-use plastics and national circumstances

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Workshop: draft scientific opinion on the risks to human health related to the presence of perfluoroalkyl substances in food (12 March 2020)

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CANCELLED – Agenda: Working group on Good Environmental Status (WG GES) (2 April 2020)

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Agenda: Working Party on International Environment Issues (Basel Convention) (11 March 2020)

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Note: The European Green Deal

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Press Release: New Eurobarometer Survey: Protecting the environment and climate is important for over 90% of European citizens

According to a new Eurobarometer survey, 94% of citizens in all EU Member States say that protecting the environment is important to them. In addition, 91% of citizens stated that climate change is a serious problem in the EU. European legislation is necessary to protect the environment, according to 83% of those surveyed.

Comitology Meeting: The Committee for the adaptation to scientific and technical progress and implementation of Directive 2008/98/EC on waste (12 March 2020)

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UPDATED – Event: Innovations in plastic(s) for a circular economy (Webinar, 17 March 2020)

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Event: The launch of the European Plastics Pact (Brussels, 6 March 2020)

Despite the many benefits plastics provide us, we face a huge challenge in reducing our plastic wastage and littering. To face this challenge, the European Plastics Pact accelerates the shift toward the reuse and recycling of single-use plastic products and packaging.

The Pact brings together governments and frontrunners from across the whole value chain. They work together towards four goals aimed at design, responsible use, recycling capacity and the use of recycled content. The Pact supports this work by offering a unique platform to exchange ideas, display good practices and discuss challenges, needed to build a new circular default for all to follow.

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