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Council and Parliament reach deal on EU waste rules

Staff Writer |
The Estonian presidency reached a provisional agreement with representatives of the European Parliament on all four legislative proposals of the waste package.

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EU ambassadors will be briefed on the outcome on December 20, but the final analysis and endorsement on behalf of the Council is planned for the first quarter of next year.

The agreed waste legislative proposals establish binding waste reduction targets and updated rules to decrease waste generation, ensure a better control of waste management, encourage the reuse of products and improve recycling in all EU countries.

These new targets and rules will promote a more circular economy. It will also boost growth and jobs, protect our environment, encourage sustainability and improve people’s health and well-being.

This provisional deal comes after lengthy and tough negotiations with the Parliament since May 2017. It amends the following six pieces of legislation:

- Waste framework directive (considered the umbrella legislative act of the package) - Packaging waste directive - Landfill directive - Directives on electrical and electronic waste, on end-of-life vehicles; and on batteries and accumulators and waste batteries and accumulators.

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