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On 25th February 2015, the College of Commissioners has adopted the executive’s 2015 Work Programme, permanently abolishing the Circular Economy Package.
This was a set of six bills on municipal waste, packaging waste, landfill, end of life vehicles, marine litter, among others. It was proposed last June, in the last stage of Barroso’s term, with the aim of increasing recycling levels and tightening rules on incineration and landfill.
In particular, the Commission had stated it could create €600 billion net savings, two million jobs and deliver 1% GDP growth. Since resource-efficiency was included as one of the seven flagship initiatives in the Europe 2020 Strategy for Sustainable and Inclusive Growth, several NGOs had held high expectations about the process leading the European Commission to such a measure.
The first proposal, issued by the Commission on 2nd July 2014[1], contained a wide-ranging list of legally binding targets:

A 70% recycling target […]

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