7 July 2015

Public consultation opens on moving Europe towards a Circular Economy

The European Commission has opened a public consultation to collect views on the main policy options for developing an ambitious new approach to the Circular Economy. Stakeholders' input will help feed the preparation of the new action plan, to be presented by the end of 2015. Moving towards a more circular economy can promote competitiveness and innovation by stimulating new business models and technologies as well as facilitating social innovation. The consultation is open until 20 August 2015.

First Vice-President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans said: "Europe's future economic development must be part of a sustainable long-term agenda. We need to use our resources more intelligently, design our products with a view to their re-use and recycling, and set ambitious targets for waste reduction and recycling. Today we are asking people across Europe for their input on how to design our policies in a way that stimulates a competitive green economy in Europe and protects the environment for future generations."

The policy options will include actions on intelligent product design, reuse and repair of products, recycling, sustainable consumption, waste policy, recycling levels, smart use of raw materials, stronger markets for secondary raw materials and specific sectorial measures. Citizens, public authorities, businesses and all other interested governmental and non-governmental parties are invited to take part in the consultation.

For more information, visit the consultation webpage.