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 […]
The United Kingdom expects to hold a referendum on its membership of the European Union. The political debate is dominated by phoney conversations and over-simplifications. This creates a difficult environment for citizens to engage in this process. QCEA has compiled briefing papers intended to help Quakers and others reflect on their position with regard to […]
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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Hate crime threatens European ideals of equality and human rights. The Quaker Council for European Affairs has produced a new background paper to raise awareness of hate crime and promote effective policies to reduce it. Read our background paper to find out why the small proportion of crime that is motivated by hatred, has such […]
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 article for Around Europe, Alexandra Bosbeer explains that QCEA staff carry our our advocacy keeping in mind that we are people speaking to other people.
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, […]
This briefing paper provides an outline of the ongoing conflict within Palestine and Israel. It recommends ways in which the European Union (EU) can act to alleviate the suffering of people in the region. The conflicts are multifaceted and complex. This paper provides a short summary with recommendations and links to further reading. To read […]