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Parliamentary questions
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27 August 2018
Answer given by Mr Vella on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-003580/2018

As pointed out by the Honourable Member, the amendment on landfill mining proposed by the European Parliament did not find its way into the final text of Directive 2018/850(1) amending Directive 1999/31/EC on the landfill of waste. Consequently, the directive does not specifically regulate landfill mining and the Commission does not currently envisage proposing to amend the directive in this regard. Landfill mining is, however, not prohibited, if carried out in line with EU legislation on waste, and in particular if carried out in line with Article 13 of Directive 2008/98/EC(2) on waste and subject to a permit in accordance with Article 23 of that directive.

The existing European enhanced landfill mining network (Eurelco(3)) is a recognised Raw Materials Commitment of the European Innovation Partnership on Raw Materials (EIP-RM) and was identified as a best practice in a recent report on Critical Raw Materials and the Circular Economy(4). While the EIP is not a funding instrument, recognition as Raw Materials Commitment may make it easier to access EU funds, e.g. under the Horizon 2020 programme. On 16 May 2018, a dedicated workshop on enhanced landfill mining for critical raw materials took place and the Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) is preparing a technical report on the matter, to be completed end 2018-early 2019.

Additionally, the Commission already funded the Horizon 2020 project SMART GROUND(5) focused on the potential of secondary raw materials in landfills. Horizon 2020 offers further research and innovation opportunities for stakeholders, such as under the call topic CE-SC5-07-2018-2019-2020: Raw materials innovation for the circular economy: sustainable processing, reuse, recycling and recovery schemes.

(1)OJ L 150, 14.6.2018, p. 100‐108.
(2)OJ L 312, 22.11.2008, p. 3‐30.
(5)SMART data collection and inteGRation platform to enhance availability and accessibility of data and infOrmation in the EU territory on SecoNDary Raw Materials, running from October 2015 to March 2018, http://www.smart-ground.eu/

Última actualización: 28 de agosto de 2018Aviso jurídico