(EUROPE)

The European Union continues to power ahead with its plans to develop a compressive circular economy model for the continent.

In March Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) backed plans for higher rates of recycling and a reduction in waste sent to landfill. And Estonia, which recently took over the presidency of the council of the European Union, has pledged to make ‘substantial progress’ on growing the circular economy.

Now draft proposals to give producers of fertilisers made from ‘organic or recycled materials’ swifter access to the EU single market have moved closer to becoming law. The European Parliament’s Internal Market Committee backed the plans, which are expected to come before the full house in October – ahead of formal negotiations with EU ministers begin.

Hungarian MEP Ildikó Gáll-Pelcz, Internal Market Committee rapporteur, said: “The main policy objective of my report is to incentivise large-scale plant nutrition production in the EU from domestic organic or secondary raw materials in line with the circular economy model, by transforming waste into nutrients for crops. The regulatory technique chosen in my proposal leaves economic operators maximum flexibility to put new products on the internal market without compromising on safety and quality.”