MEPs call on Europe to back UK jobs growth

19 November 2014

North East England Labour MEPs, Paul Brannen and Jude Kirton-Darling are today calling on the European Commission to support a proposal which could create jobs across the North East. A circular economy is one where waste is minimised and even eliminated as people re-use, repair, refurbish or recycle.  The European Union's Circular Economy Package has the potential to create jobs and protect the environment.

Reacting to suggestions that the European Commission is planning to review, and potentially even scrap, this important legislative package, both MEPs have called on the European Commission to continue its support for the new measures.

Speaking from Brussels, Jude Kirton-Darling said "It is vital that the European Commission continues to back the Circular Economy legislative package. The Circular Economy offers an excellent opportunity to create jobs, boost innovation and help protect our environment. This can be seen clearly in our own region, where companies are finding new uses for recycled materials, and sites like the Tees Valley (Billingham) energy-from-waste facility provides 150 local jobs and recycles 160,000 tonnes of household waste per year."    

The Circular Economy Package aims to establish a common and coherent EU framework to promote recycling and prevent the loss of valuable secondary materials on which the future of our industries depend. It is hoped the package will create up to 180,000 new jobs across Europe and increase EU recycling rates to 70% by 2030.

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