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Parliamentary questions
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11 September 2019
Answer given by Mr Vella on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-002429/2019

Ensuring the transition towards a circular economy is instrumental for the protection of the environment. Portugal has already initiated this transition by adopting a circular economy action plan(1), which identifies actions to support the transition.

Concerning the fulfilment of recycling targets, a building block of the circular economy, the Commission concluded in its Report on the implementation of waste legislation(2) that 14 Member States, including Portugal, are at risk of missing their 2020 municipal waste recycling target.

The Commission issued a staff working document addressed to Portugal with a detailed list of actions that could be taken to improve the performance(3). These actions should be seen as complementary and build upon previous support provided by the Commission to help Member States to comply(4).

The report also announced high level visits by the Commission to the concerned Member States to engage with stakeholders including national and local authorities, businesses and civil society to discuss the challenges and opportunities linked to circular economy in general, and to better waste management in particular.

The report of the Commission high-level visit to Portugal on 2-3 May 2019 headed by Vice-President Katainen is publicly available(5).

Finally, the Commission will continue to dedicate significant resources to supporting Member States in their implementation efforts, including through technical assistance and with EU funds.

It is, however, up to national authorities to intensify the necessary policy reform and to step up action on the ground.

(1)Action plan for circular economy in Portugal: 2017-2020,
(2)COM(2018) 656 final.
(3)SWD(2018) 422 final. Early warning report for Portugal.
(4)Roadmap for Portugal: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/waste/framework/pdf/facsheets%20and%20roadmaps/Roadmap_Portugal.pdf

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