Economia circulară

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The transition to a Circular Economy is high on the EESC agenda as a solution to fight the climate crisis and protect our planet. It is a great opportunity for civil society as it can help to:

  • increase the competitiveness of European industry;
  • promote sustainable economic growth;
  • generate new jobs.

The 'take-make-waste' model of production and consumption that still dominates our economy today is not only culminating in wasted resources, but also undermining the fight against climate change. Unlike the linear economy, a Circular Economy is a regenerative and restorative design that focuses on economic value creation and retention, tackling global environmental challenges such as climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution while yielding economic benefits.

The good news is that the circular transition is already happening on the ground. Stakeholders from civil society including businesses, trade unions, academia and knowledge communities, youth organisations as well as NGOs and other interest groups are creating and implementing many circular initiatives at local and regional level. Catalysing circular solutions and leadership from relevant stakeholders is Europe's best opportunity to accelerate the transition to a Circular Economy. 

As such, the European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform, a joint initiative of the EESC and the European Commission, is a platform established in 2017 to bring together the Circular Economy community in Europe. The stakeholder-driven platform supports Europe's transition towards a Circular Economy by fostering dialogue, sharing knowledge and exchanging best practices.

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Opinion
Aviz adoptat on 11/07/2018
Referințe: 
NAT/722-EESC-2018-00464

The circular economy monitoring framework draws upon and complements the existing Resource Efficiency Scoreboard and Raw Materials Scoreboard, which were developed in recent years by the Commission.

Avizul CESE: Monitoring framework for the circular economy (communication)

Opinion
Aviz adoptat on 23/05/2018
Referințe: 
NAT/721-EESC-2018-00536

This EESC opinion covers both the Communication on A European Strategy for Plastics in a Circular Economy (COM(2018) 28 final) and the proposal for a Directive on Port Reception Facilities (COM(2018) 33 final), as this initiative also contributes to the objective of reducing the leakage of plastics into the environment

Avizul CESE: Strategy on plastics in a circular economy (communication)

Opinion
Aviz adoptat on 18/10/2017
Referințe: 
SC/48-EESC-2017-01690-00-00-AC-TRA

This Committee opinion, prepared in response to the commission's request, has taken stock of the views of European stakeholders on how EU policies and regulatory action can use sustainable economic models to transition successfully towards economic modernisation by reconciling economic prosperity and efficiency, social inclusion and environmental responsibility.

Avizul CESE: New sustainable economic models (exploratory opinion requested by the Commission)

Downloads: 

Presentation of Arthur ten Wold, Manager of De Groene Zaak

Presentation of Leon de Graaf, Advisor environmental and climate policy, BusinessEurope

Presentation of Aileen Koerfer, Services Policy Officer UNIEuropa

Presentation of Diego Isabel La Moneda, Global Hub for the Common Good

Opinion
Aviz adoptat on 05/07/2017
Referințe: 
NAT/707-EESC-2017

RoHS 2 addresses the waste hierarchy’s highest priority, waste prevention. Waste prevention includes measures that reduce the content of harmful substances in materials and products. Decreasing the amount of hazardous substances in electrical and electronic waste benefits the management of such waste as a result.

Avizul CESE: Restrictions on hazardous substances

Opinion
Aviz adoptat on 05/07/2017
Referințe: 
NAT/706-EESC-2017-00719-00-00-AC-TRA

The objective of the Communication on the role of waste-to-energy in the circular economy is to ensure that the recovery of energy from waste in the EU is consistent with the objectives pursued in the Circular Economy Action Plan.

Avizul CESE: Waste-to-energy under the Circular Economy

Opinion
Aviz adoptat on 14/12/2016
Referințe: 
INT/784-EESC-2016-00975-00-00-AC-TRA

In this opinion, the EESC calls for society to begin an economic transition from over-exploitation of resources and a throw-away culture to a more sustainable, job-rich era, based on quality rather than quantity. In order to cope with the fundamental shift to a new economic model with major systemic consequences in many areas, it is recommended that a new cross-cutting and permanent body be set up in the EESC to analyse these developments.

Avizul CESE: The functional economy (own-initiative opinion)

Opinion
Aviz adoptat on 27/04/2016
Referințe: 
NAT/676-EESC-2016-00042-00-01-AC-TRA

The EESC fully backs the objective of switching to a greener, resource-efficient and circular economy. It is happy to see that the Commission has come forward with a broader set of proposals covering all the stages of the product lifecycle compared to the previous circular economy package; however, it raises concern over the lower level of ambition, which is likely to lead to lower economic and environmental benefits.

Avizul CESE: Circular Economy Package

Opinion
Aviz adoptat on 11/12/2014
Referințe: 
NAT/652-EESC-2014-05003-00-00-ac-tra
Sesiune plenară: 
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Dec 10, 2014 Nov 11, 2014

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) believes that the prospect of a European circular economy should bring a major boost to the systemic competitiveness of the EU, a driver for growth and a generator of new green jobs and skills.

Avizul CESE: The circular economy: job creation and the Green Action Plan for SMEs

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