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EU politicians pledge to make Europe zero waste

On May 26 2019, European citizens will cast their vote to elect the 700 Members of the European Parliament who will represent them for the next term, and influence the colour of the next Commission.

In a historical moment when the EU is facing a range of social and environmental challenges that will shape its future, Zero Waste Europe calls on the decision makers of the next mandate to stand for a zero waste circular economy.

Over the last five years, the EU has taken ambitious steps towards a more sustainable society, such as the adoption of the Circular Economy Package and the EU Plastics Strategy, including a pioneer directive to slash single-use plastics. Yet, a zero waste circular economy is still far from being achieved: it is time for the EU to finish what it started.


Read the full pledge here

Championed by MEP Adina Valean, the pledge has been enthusiastically received by Members of the European Parliament across the political spectrum, with representatives from different groups joining the call and committing to work for a zero waste Europe.


The list of signatories also include candidates to lead the next European Commission Ska Keller, Bas Eickout, Oriol Junqueras and Manfred Weber.

Citizens all across Europe are embracing Zero Waste solutions in lifestyles, businesses and local policies, and rejecting false solutions, despite a system that still rewards and facilitates wasteful practices. The time is ripe to make Europe truly circular.

The Europe we want is one that preserves valuable resources whilst generating local jobs, increasing the resilience of our communities and standing up for environmental justice.

We thank all signatories for their precious commitment, and we call on all European parties and elected individuals to join the pledge.


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Check out the full list of supporters

Adina Valean, EPP, RomaniaKathleen Van Brempt, S&D, Belgium
Alessia Cerentin, La Sinistra, ItalyKlaus Buchner, Greens / EFA, Germany
Angelique Delahaye, EPP, FranceLynn Boylan, GUE / NGL, Ireland
Anna Záborská, EPP, SlovakiaMagdalena Popowska, Greens / EFA, Poland
Bas Eickhout, Greens / EFA, the NetherlandsManfred Weber, EPP, Germany
Bodil Valero, Greens / EFA, SwedenMaria Spyraki, EPP, Greece
Brando Benifei, S&D, ItalyMarina Albiol Guzman, GUE / NGL, Spain
Constanze Krehl, S&D, GermanyMartina Michels, GUE / NGL, Germany
Damiano Zoffoli, S&D, ItalyMercedes Bresso, S&D, Italy
Daniel Buda, EPP, RomaniaMichele Rivasi, Greens / EFA, France
Dario Tamburrano, EFDD, ItalyNermine Simončič, Greens / EFA, Slovenia
Davor Škrlec, Greens / EFA, CroatiaOriol Junqueras i Vies, Greens / EFA, Spain
Diana Riba i Giner, Greens / EFA, SpainPaul Brannen, S&D, UK
Domna Saviča, Greens / EFA,  SloveniaPavel Telička, ALDE, Czechia
Doru-Claudian Frunzulica, S&D, RomaniaPiernicola Pedicini, EFDD, Italy
Eleonora Forenza, GUE / NGL, ItalyRaquel Correa i Domenech, Greens / EFA, Spain
Frederique Ries, ALDE, BelgiumRomana Tomc, EPP, Slovenia
Guillaume Balas, S&D, France Ivan Štefanec, EPP, SlovakiaSirpa Pietikainen, EPP, Finland
Jadwiga Wisniewska, ECR, PolandSka Keller, Greens / EFA, Germany
Jakop Dalunde, Greens / EFA, SwedenTerry Reintke, Greens / EFA, Germany
Jo Leinen, S&D, GermanyTheresa Griffin, S&D, UK
Jordi Solé i Ferrando, Greens / EFA, SpainTiemo Wölken, S&D, Germany
Jose Inacio Faria, EPP, PortugalTilly Metz, Greens / EFA, Luxembourg
Jude Kirton-Darling, S&D, UKUrša Zgojznik, Greens / EFA, Slovenia
Julie Ward, S&D, UKViktor Uspaskich, ALDE, Lithuania
Karl-Heinz Florenz, EPP, Germany




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