European Commission adopts the New Circular Economy Action Plan
On 11 March 2020, the European Commission adopted the New Circular Economy Action Plan for a cleaner and more competitive Europe which aims to make European economy fit for a green future, strengthen its competitiveness while protecting the environment and give new rights to consumers. Building on the 2015 action plan the new plan puts forward a set of initiatives focusing on the design and production for a circular economy, with the aim to ensure that the resources used are kept in the EU economy for as long as possible. The Commission refers to the action plan as one of the main building blocks of the European Green Deal.

The action plan identifies concrete actions to be further developed and implemented, some of them concerning forests and forest-based sectors, among which:

  • A legislative proposal for a sustainable product policy initiative
  • Mandatory Green Public Procurement criteria and targets in sectorial legislation
  • A new EU strategy for textiles
  • A new EU strategy for a sustainable built environment
  • A regulatory framework for the certification of carbon removals
  • Improving measurement, modelling and policy tools to capture synergies between the circular economy and climate change mitigation and adaptation at EU national level
  • Review to reinforce the essential requirements for packaging and reduce (over)packaging and packaging waste


Please find the action plan here.

The timetable on the actions can be found here.