Previous enlargements have shown how important it is for the European Commission to work closely with the countries throughout the accession process, helping them to transpose and implement correctly the environmental acquis by the date of accession.
The EU has agreed to protect the environment and human health by preventing or reducing the adverse impacts of the generation and management of waste and by reducing the overall impact of resource use and improving the efficiency of such use, by applying the following waste hierarchy: prevention, preparing for re-use, recycling, other recovery, and disposal.
Innovation to improve resource-efficiency is required throughout the economy to improve competitiveness in the context of rising resource prices, scarcity, raw material supply constraints and dependency on imports. The business sector is the primary driver of innovation, including eco-innovation. However, markets alone will not yield the desired results, and in order to improve their environmental performance, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), in particular, require specific assistance with the uptake of new technologies, including through research and innovation partnerships on waste.
The following activities under Waste Management Working Group are foreseen:
- Assistance for the implementation of the roadmaps for improving waste management building on the results of the South East Europe Waste Assessment – SEEWA project, in view of furthering alignment with the EU waste acquis and support for resource efficiency and the transition to a circular economy. The project team will identify the needs of the beneficiaries regarding the implementation of the roadmaps developed under the SEEWA project and for further alignment with the waste acquis.
- Based on the needs identified, assistance will be provided through practical capacity building on the specific needs in the waste sector and revision of waste management plans, national policies and/or legislation. Awareness on the actions conducted within waste management sector will be raised through regional workshop to present the progress made by the countries in the implementation of the roadmaps.
- One regional conference/forum and max three national conferences will be organised in the beneficiary countries. The conferences will focus on resource efficiency and the transition to circular economy.