PETI-ENVI joint hearing: Plastics and waste management in the circular economy 

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On Thursday, MEPs will discuss with experts the challenges of plastic and waste management and the implementation of existing and future EU circular economy rules.

In the first panel, members of the Petitions and Environment Committees will examine the implementation of the current legislative framework on plastic and waste management with Peter Kurth, President of the European Waste Management Association (FEAD), Managing President of BDE Federation of the
German Waste, Water and Raw Materials Management Industry and Enzo Favoino, Chair of the Scientific Committee of Zero Waste Europe.

Looking ahead, MEPs will analyse plans to tackle waste in the framework of the New Circular Economy Action Plan with Delphine Lévi Alvarès, coordinator of the Rethink Plastic alliance and Professor Antonis Kokossis, National Technical University of Athens.

Find here the full agenda of the meeting and other useful documents.

When: Thursday 25 February 2021, 14.15 – 15.45

Where: European Parliament in Brussels, room Paul-Henri Spaak (1A002) and videoconference

You can watch the meeting live. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, journalists are strongly advised to follow it online.


The European Parliament has received a large number of petitions related to various aspects of plastic waste and their impact on the environment in the last years. In its resolution from 2019 based on citizens’ concerns, Parliament stressed that “waste management is one of the main global socio-economic and environmental challenges” and reiterated its call “to maximise prevention, reuse, separate collection and recycling with a view to boosting the transition towards a circular economy”.

On 10 February 2021, Parliament adopted a series of policy recommendations on circular economy. The report calls on the Commission to introduce clear standards and targets on material use, product footprint, design and recycling, and to tackle plastics in a comprehensive way, including specific actions on packaging, single use plastics and microplastics.