Wallström sets out EU waste policy vision

EU environment chief stresses openness to discussion but avoids promising big regulatory rollback

EU environment commissioner Margot Wallström surveyed the next 25 years of EU waste policies in a speech in Brussels on Thursday. Europe's green issues chief displayed her trademark consensualism, offering openness to discussion with industry in long-standing areas of conflict. But her comments suggest any changes will be evolutionary rather than revolutionary.

Control of waste is one of the EU's longest established areas of environmental policy-making. It has also generated more conflict with industry than almost any other field, particularly over the EU's definition of waste and its hierarchy of waste management options.

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