MEPs throw out incineration subsidy proposals

MEPs have thrown out proposals campaigners feared could lead to increased EU subsidies for waste incineration

MEPs have thrown out proposals campaigners feared could lead to increased EU subsidies for waste incineration.

The European Parliament's industry and energy committee ITRE rejected on Wednesday a proposed opinion on EU cohesion and regional development funding. The European Commission is seeking to end support for the incineration of unsorted municipal waste.

The ITRE committee initially voted in favour of an amendment tabled by rapporteur João Ferreira (GUE/NGL) to delete the Commission’s funding exemption for residual waste treatment facilities. The vote meant a proposal by Carlos Zorrinho (S&D) to exclude from support only those residual waste treatment plants that are not in line with the waste hierarchy, supported by the waste sector, fell.

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