This response is the Quaker Council for European Affairs feedback on the recently published European Commission energy-from-waste roadmap. QCEA is concerned that this roadmap on the energy-from-waste communication could undermine the European Union’s laudable attempts to transition to a circular economy. Our response outlines a number of our concerns: overcapacity and lock-ins, waste prevention and […]
Brussels, 2 December 2015 – for immediate release. The European Commission’s revised circular economy package, which was released today, aiming to make Europe less wasteful, but the package represents a step backwards from the Commission’s proposals in July 2014. When withdrawing the earlier proposals in December 2014, Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans promised to bring […]
Reduce, reuse, recycle and waste not, want not. Two common phrases, but we need to make sure these principles are incorporated into European policy. A truly ambitious circular economy can help make sure we get the maximum value from the resources we use, eliminating waste, and making the economy work within environmental limits, rather than […]
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This paper outlines four key areas that QCEA, along with 11 other NGOs, believes that European Union institutions should work on to ensure a comprehensive European circular economy. The EU must focus on efficient material management, the reduction of toxic substances, energy efficiency and economic incentives. Working ambitiously across all these areas. in conjunction with […]
In this issue of Around Europe, George Thurley discusses the development of a new EU circular economy proposal , and whether it will be more ambitious than the previous legislation. Tim Harman examines US attempts to rewrite international law to justify its actions, particularly its use of armed drones, and what the EU is doing, […]
In this issue of Around Europe, Sevasti Christoforou examines the issues of identifying, recording and addressing hate crime across the European Union, and the variance between EU Member States. George Thurley discusses how citizens and local governments can act as pioneers on climate and environment issues, bypassing necessary compromises at the national and European levels. Andrew […]
QCEA is part of an informal group of NGOs and agencies who work mostly on migration and asylum. Here you can find a recent statement on the European Commission’s proposals for amendments to the Dublin III Regulations relating to unaccompanied minors.
In this issue of Around Europe, Andrew Lane outlines the nomination of Federica Mogherini as the new EU High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy, and how Quakers used it to call for non-violent responses to the security challenges faced by the European Union. Alexandra Bosbeer discusses the role of civil society in EU decision making […]
This QCEA background paper explores the human impact of widespread pre-trial detention in the European Union. Studies indicate that pre-trial detention both causes harm to individuals and is unlikely to contribute to reducing crime. Pre-trial detainees are less likely than sentenced prisoners to receive support services or to have contact with family members and the […]