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Monday, 8 February 2021 - Brussels Revised edition

New Circular Economy Action Plan (debate)

  Ivars Ijabs (Renew). – Madam President, Mr Sinkevičius, dear colleagues, now, when we are struggling with the crisis and desperately trying to get back to growth, it is also time to rethink what we actually mean by growth. We can grow only if we learn to reduce the use of primary raw materials and introduce new recycling techniques, with a clear measurement of the ecological footprint of products and services, and this is what this report is all about. Electronic waste is a prominent test case here. Despite every effort to dematerialise the production, the amount of electronic waste is growing by 2% a year. This is not sustainable, and that’s why we call on the Commission to implement fully the circular electronics initiative mentioned in the report. First of all, it’s about the right to repair, not just physical parts, but even more importantly software. Second, it’s a guarantee of durability of products and the reuse and dismantling possibilities. And third, this is our common charger initiative for mobile devices, to make the life of Europeans easier and more sustainable. Thank you very much and my congratulations to Jan on this excellent report.

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