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Press Release: CSOs call for allocation of Recovery and Resilience Facility funds to a transition towards an economy that prevents products from becoming waste

Press release: Civil society organizations are calling for the allocation of recovery and recovery fund funds to achieve an economic transformation that prevents products from becoming wasteful

. For immediate release: Brussels, December 9, 2020

Updated on 15/12/2020 at 18:35 CET to reflect the growing number of signatories

In a joint statement issued today, 20 civil society organizations urged EU institutions and member states to use the Next Generation EU Recovery and Recovery Fund (RRF) to achieve the transition to a circular, carbon-neutral, and pollution-free economy. Core.

The signatories specifically call on:

Align RRF funds with EU environmental policies and tools, especially EU classification regulations, and use the Circular Economy Action Plan (CEAP) to guide policy dialogue to develop national recovery and recovery plans. Invest in infrastructure and waste prevention, product reuse and reuse preparation systems, and prioritize funding for circular SMEs and socio-economic participants with a business model that focuses on waste prevention and reuse

Nathan Dufour, Consumption and Production Planning Coordinator for Zero Waste Europe, said:

“Using RRF funds to protect and rebuild the polluted infrastructure and technology that led us to the edge of the climate cliff is obviously a temptation. We want to remind the EU and its member states that if they do not fundamentally change their economic model quickly, they We will not be able to fully achieve the climate, pollution and economic recovery goals. Our joint statement is a positive solution-oriented call: if member states use RRF funds to invest in upstream solutions to eliminate waste at the source and reduce greenhouse gases Emissions and pollution, then they can change the rules of the game."

Read the full statement.

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Full list of signatories of the declaration: Zero Waste Europe, Recycling Netwerk Benelux, ECOS, ZERO-Associação Sistema Terrestre Sustentável, Zelena akcija / Friends of the Earth, Croatia, No Plastic in Our Sea, Gallifrey Foundation, European Non-Hazardous Medical, Društvo Ekologi brez meja , European Environment Agency, Polish Zero Waste Association, Circular Economy Institute, Ecological Recycling Association, Hnutí DUHA-Friends of the Earth in the Czech Republic, Deutsche Umwelthilfe, WECF-Women in a common future, European Surfers Foundation, Let's Do It Foundation , Break Free From Plastic and Rethink Plastic alliance.

Media Contact: Nathan Dufour, European Zero Waste Consumption and Production Coordinator nathan@zerowasteeurope.eu | +32 468 098 379 Ana Oliveira, European Zero Waste Dissemination Coordinator rossella@zerowasteeurope.eu | +32 485 986 111

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Zero Waste Europe is a European network of communities, local leaders, experts and change agents dedicated to eliminating waste in our society. We advocate sustainable systems and redesign our relationship with resources to accelerate a just transition to zero waste for the benefit of mankind and the planet. www.zerowasteeurope.eu

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