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Priority 3: Sustainable development and industrial policy


The application of Directive (EU) 2018/851 amending Directive 2008/98/EC on waste (the Waste Framework Directive) will involve a change in production models. This will in turn oblige unions to recalibrate their actions, with particular reference to new professional skills. This new production vision promoting the lowest-possible use of raw materials and the reuse and recycling of secondary materials and production waste requires a new vision of workers’ roles in protecting the environment and their role as consumers. Trade unions must be prepared for this paradigm shift.

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At the end of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • develop a strong awareness on the pressing necessity to move from linear to circular economy;
  • identify the main aspects of the circular economy and its link with environment and economic sustainability, starting from deepening the European Directive amending 2008/98 which redesigns the concept of waste and recycling percentages to which all countries must adapt by 2030;
  • acknowledge the need to get actively involved as trade unions and to develop a new vision of workers’ role in protecting the environment and as responsible consumers;
  • start developing new skills to have a concrete impact and to increase workers’ and company’s sensitivity on the issue;
  • to define innovative contractual strategies at sectorial and company level resulting from comparing different approaches and public policies on circular economy at national level in Europe and from analysing good practices at company level on this issue;
  • present ideas and personally contribute to the development of an European trade union line of common action on the issue.
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