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This week marked a significant moment for the future of Europe’s circular economy.

The European Committee on Industry, Research and Science (ITRE), the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO), and the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development (AGRI) have each now voted in favour of amendments to the #PPWR proposal.

The amendments are wide-ranging and there is much still to resolve, but we are heartened by the fact that in many cases, steps in the right direction have been taken, steps guided by the evidence and scientific thinking.

As our President Antonio D’Amato put it yesterday:

“The health of our planet in the face of climate change can only be tackled by measures founded on rigorous science and environmental impact analysis. So we welcome the decisions of the IMCO, ITRE and AGRI Committees.”

Looking forward, we call on members of the leading Committee on the text, the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI), to consider their colleagues’ reports carefully and to follow the science when finalising their own position.

The ENVI vote is expected on 20 September. A plenary vote is possible on the file as early as 2 October. Meanwhile, the Council of Ministers is holding discussions in order to come to a common position on behalf of Member States. The formal negotiations process (trilogue) is expected to begin shortly after.