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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