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Environment - 16.06.2008
Waste directive: CEMR, Committee of the Regions and Economic and Social Committee speak with one voice
The Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR), the Committee of the Regions and the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) have adopted a joint statement sent to the members of the European.Parliament on the review of the waste framework directive.
The joint statement was issued ahead of the vote in plenary session in Strasbourg on 17 June. CEMR calls for MEPs to give without further amendments a broad support to the compromise package negotiated between the Council and the rapporteur of the European Parliament.
CEMR supports the proposed re-use and recycling targets. According to these objectives, by 2020, the preparing for re-use and the recycling of waste material shall be increased to a minimum of overall 50% by weight. These waste materials include at least paper, metal, plastic and glass from households and possibly from other origins.
These proposed re-use and recycling targets:
give a clear signal by indicating the direction towards which all involved actors should be heading;
provide for the necessary flexibility to take into account the widely diverging starting points in Member States;
are at the same time ambitious and achievable. A mechanism is established that allows for a rolling adaptation of these targets in the light of the progress made. The first adaptation may already take place in 2014.
This is a well-balanced compromise between political vision and pragmatic solutions, says CEMR's Secretary General Jeremy Smith. It clearly states common goals that will help Europe move towards becoming recycling society.