Roughly one year after adopting its Circular Economy Package, the European Commission (EC) reported on the delivery and progress of key initiatives of its December 2015 Action Plan. In the last year the EC has taken measures in areas such as waste, ecodesign, food waste, organic fertilisers, and innovation and investment. Circular economy principles have been gradually integrated in industrial best practices, green public procurement, or in the use of cohesion policy funds, nonetheless the legislative packages presented in 2015 are still in discussion at the European Parliament and Council. Together with the report, the Commission also issued guidance to Member States on converting waste to energy and proposed a targeted improvement of legislation on certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment.
During 2017 the EC will propose, among other, a Plastic Strategy, and a legislative proposal on minimum quality requirements to promote the safe reuse of treated waste water.
EuCheMS will have a workshop in Valletta on the topic of circular economy and pharmaceuticals on the occasion of the Maltese Presidency of the EU.