On 19 May 2017, the Permanent Representatives Committee (Coreper) agreed on a negotiating mandate to start negotiations with the European Parliament on all four legislative proposals on waste, which are part of the Circular economy package submitted by the Commission on 3 December 2015.
The four legislative proposals introduce additional measures to reduce waste generation, control waste management, boost recycling and cut resource use. They aim at bringing benefits to our economy, environment and health.

These new proposals amend six waste related legislation as follows:

  • Waste framework directive;
  • Packaging waste directive;
  • Landfill directive;
  • Directive on electrical and electronic waste, on end-of-life vehicles; and on batteries and accumulators and waste batteries and accumulators

The Council mandate is the result of intensive work and discussions on all four proposals during three Council Presidencies (NL, SK and MT). The Maltese Presidency obtained support to initiate talks with the European Parliament with a view to a possible first reading agreement and the first trilogue meeting was scheduled on 30 May.

Negotiations are expected to focus on a number of outstanding elements, including the definitions, the setting of binding targets and their calculation rules, end-of-waste criteria, extended producer responsibility schemes and waste prevention.

You can read the full Press release of the Council of the EU here

Next steps:

  • June/ July: Technical meetings feeding into the trilogue negotiations
  • September/October: Third and fourth trilogue meetings