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The Environment Committee votes to cut funding for incineration

The Environmental Committee voted to cut funding for the incineration of

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For immediate release: Brussels, 25/10/18

Members of the ENVI Committee of the European Parliament voted today on the committee’s proposal for a cohesion fund beyond 2020.

The committee’s opinion recognizes that the transition to a circular economy is an important goal

Cohesion Fund should serve.

On this issue, the ENVI committee proposes to use EU funds for higher waste grade options-waste prevention, reuse and recycling-

Help member states to promote a circular economy while excluding funding for residual waste treatment facilities, such as waste incineration

And MBT (mechanical biological treatment).

From the perspective of Zero Waste Europe, the ENVI Committee’s opinion recognizes the importance of getting rid of the main support

Member states’ waste disposal and recycling operations and focus on waste management options at the top of the waste hierarchy-waste prevention, reuse and recycling-instead.

This is especially important for Central and Eastern European countries (CEE) that have invested more than 50% of Cohesion Funding

Enter the residual waste treatment, and underinvest in the development of separate collection and recycling programs.

This puts some of them at risk of not being able to achieve the 2020 waste framework directive targets.

Janek Vahk, Development and Policy Coordinator for Zero Waste Europe (ZWE), said: “Add more residual waste treatment capacity

There is a risk of undermining current and 2035 goals, such as higher separate collection and recycling requirements. "

For ZWE, the ENVI Committee has clearly responded to the Committee’s report on the implementation of the EU Waste Directive, noting

Half of the EU countries are at risk of not being able to meet their 2020 waste obligations. It supports the committee’s recommendations

By ensuring that co-financing supports the development of waste management infrastructure, more efficient use of EU funds

Encourage waste prevention, reuse and recycling performance instead of investing in residual waste treatment, thereby helping Member States

Fulfill its 2020 and 2035 waste obligations.

Zero Waste Europe congratulates the ENVI committee and the rapporteur team, and calls on the REGI committee to support

The ENVI committee decided to exclude support for the treatment of residual waste facilities in the committee vote on November 21.




The agreed final text includes:

Article 6: Excluded from the scope of ERDF and Cohesion Fund.

Article 6.1g-Investment in residual waste treatment facilities.

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