Published: 20.06.2016. 16:21 Updated: 05.07.2016. 09:17
The Minister of Environmental and Nature Protection Slaven Dobrović today met in Luxembourg with Karmenu Vella, EU Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries with whom he discussed the adoption of the Waste Management Plan of the Republic of Croatia for the period from 2016 to 2022.
The Minister informed Commissioner Vella that a draft Waste Management Plan was prepared and would on Thursday, 23 June be sent for public consultation. Commissioner Vella in principle welcomed the fact that the draft Plan contains certain requirements from the European Commission’s Circular Economy Package and remarked that formal comments would be delivered only after the Plan was adopted. In this context he stressed the importance of adopting the Plan as soon as possible, at the latest by the end of this year, and particularly in order to avoid a situation in which the Republic of Croatia would not be in a position to pull financial resources from EU funds intended for waste management in the amount of 475 million Euro.
Minister Dobrović today participated in the meeting of the Environment Council in Luxembourg, one of the topics of which was also waste management. Discussed at the meeting were the draft European Council Conclusions on the communication „Closing the loop - An EU action plan for the Circular Economy“.
„Croatia fully supports all measures and activities by which the transition to circular economy is enabled as a precondition for further sustainable development and economic growth. It is important to take into account the entire life cycle of products, first of all in the sense of minimising negative impact on the environment and on human health in all its stages and extending the lifetime of products. At the same time, it is important to create an environment for systemic innovation and introduction of aspects of resource efficiency into eco-design legislation. We also deem important the stimulation of demand for secondary raw materials, as well as prevention of waste from land ending up in the common sea of the coastal states that surround it“ – stressed Minister of Environmental and Nature Protection Slaven Dobrović with regard to the EU Communication on circular economy.
In late 2015 European Commission presented the circular economy package. By the proposals in the field of waste management a clear and ambitious long-term vision is established of increasing recycling and reducing landfilling of waste while at the same time concrete measures are proposed for removal of barriers in the field with regard to better waste management.
In the draft European Council Conclusions on the communication „Closing the loop - An EU action plan for the Circular Economy“ the approach for integrating policies for supporting the transition to a circular economy is argued for and it is requested from the European Commission to fully integrate Circular Economy in all its relevant policies and strategies.