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Environment conference: Coalition for circular economy in Romania asks for keeping the storage tax for all types of waste

Environment conference: Coalition for circular economy in Romania asks for keeping the storage tax for all types of waste

70 companies operating in the recycling and sanitation field set up the Coalition for circular economy in Romania, informed PRIA Environment conference held in Bucharest on February 8. The coalition has asked for the maintenance of the storage tax in the current form for all types of waste. Attending the PRIAevents conference, minister of Environment Daniel Constantin announced the ministry postponed the emergency ordinance proposed.

„We support to maintain the tax in the current law framework by dropping the proposed ordinance and by amending the emergency ordinance 195/2005 by introducing dangerous waste for taxation and introducing some efficient competition mechanisms, that should be nondiscriminatory and clear in terms of enforcement,” the businessmen asked.

The coalition also lobbied for keeping the current level of the penalties imposed to producers and importers for non-compliance with the standards, voicing against the negotiation for their reduction under the collecting costs as requested.

The coalition thinks that the two mechanisms on the storage tax and the extended responsibility of the producers represent the only economic and financial mechanisms to decreased the level of storage, while being the two engines of the circular economy.

Attending the conference next to the Environment minister there were also: Radu Merica, general manager RER, Constantin Damov-co-founder Green Group, Cristian Lazăr, commercial manager Rom Waste Solutions, Mihai Rohan- president CIROM, Robert Uzuna-president, Romanian Association for Packages and Environment, Andrei Orban, Environ president/coordinator of the environment working group at AHK Romania, Andrei Coșuleanu, board member, Let’s Do It Romania and Irina Ionescu, president the National Association for Refreshers. CEO Pria Conference Raluca Voivozeanu mediated the event.

PRIA Environment Conference hosted authorities, leading representatives of the business community, authorities and the scientific community, community leaders who will discuss policies, emerging issues and technological advances that have an impact on natural resources, and opportunities designed to create a sustainable future through proper management of the environment. They will also discuss topics related to the development of these complex interactions, which redefine the future of the environment in Romania and alignment with the international requirements.

The latest news in the field were debated, as well as the national policy on waste management and how we can learn from other countries’ experience. The attendees also found out about the results of the Romanian cities on waste management and which ones are on top.

Important issues about water treatment were also addressed, water management, recycling electronics and appliances, prevention and control of environmental pollution, waste packaging, metals and hazardous waste.

Participants analyzed the new legislative impact on our communities, strategies and policies, as well as current changes and technological impact on the environment.

Among the topics addressed at the conference will be found: the National Strategy for Sustainable Development (NSSD) of Romania – 2020-2030 horizons; Environmental management and assessment for a sustainable development in Romania; National policy on waste management. Waste management and their transformation. The fee per ton for waste deposited in landfills. Who will support that? What is the value of the recycling market and how to encourage the green industry? What percentage of recycling has Romania now? What target do we have each year? Which one will it be until 2020? How Bucharest will adapt to European and global environmental requirements? How about the other cities? Can a new plant be built for treatment and disposal of waste in Bucharest? What is the situation of landfills serving the Capital? What cities have the best results? How do companies get involved in environmental protection? Can companies contribute to educate employees, and citizens in general for environmental compliance?

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