European Commission vice-president Frans Timmermans has staunchly defended the ambition of the new circular economy package, but green groups have cried foul.
When Mr Timmermans and his colleagues withdrew their predecessors’ circular economy package they promised they would replace it with “more ambitious” measures of wider scope than the previous focus on waste targets.
The new package is peppered with promises of future action in a range of areas – including product design, fertilisers, and promoting waste management best practice – which were not part of the previous proposal.
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