(EUROPE)

Estonia officially took over the presidency of the council of the European Union this month and pledged to make ‘substantial progress’ on growing the circular economy.

This is in line with the majority of politicians and nations – across the continent – who are united in their commitment to advancing a circular model.

Paris, London and Finland have already published their roadmaps for shifting away from the – take, make, dispose – linear system that is killing the planet. While Europe’s institutions are providing the policy frameworks and financial support to help build a robust circular economy.

In its programme for the presidency, Estonia echoed those sentiments, saying it wants to “make substantial progress with negotiations on waste legislation and to initiate discussions on promoting environmentally friendly and eco- innovative IT solutions along with new cooperation platforms in the larger framework of transitioning to circular economy and promoting environmentally-aware consumption.”