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EUROPE
EGF PARTICIPATES
IN THE 12TH NATIONAL WASTE FORUM
THE WASTE SECTOR DISCUSSED THE IMPORTANCE OF THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY, THE NEW CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE NEXT DECADE.
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MARTA NEVES
Chairman of EGF.
T he 12th National Waste Forum took place in Lisbon, hosted
by the Água&Ambiente newspaper, and was supported by EGF.
The event was attended by the Secretary of State for the Environment and, for two days, the main challenges for the sector’s future were discussed. This year, the National Waste Forum emphasised the discussion around circular economy, rate regulation and management of  ows of speci c types of waste, at a time when the European Parliament approved the new Waste Directive, which enforces more ambitious goals for 2030.
The panel of speakers included EGF’s Director, Marta Neves, who had the opportunity to take stock of the situation in the country about the positioning vis‐à‐vis the goals. Marta Neves stated that “it is necessary to look to the future and think about what is the best way to reach the goals and provide the best service
to the citizens, and that is where EGF is focusing. There is a clear investment in the evolution of selective collection. EGF’s new
investment plan, which has already been presented to ERSAR, is very focused on this obligation to increase the numbers”.
Right now, there is a working group created by the Government, led by the Portuguese Environmental Agency,
to discuss the review of PERSU 2020 (Strategic Plan for Urban Waste), in which EGF is one of the consulted entities. According to the Secretary of State, the announcement regarding the conditions in which the review will be carried out will take place in June, already looking to 2025. For EGF’s Director, “it makes perfect sense, given the delay in the award of POSEUR’s funding, which prevented the execution of investment for two years”.
In his speech, on the subject of competition in the package management entities, the Secretary of State for the Environment also took the opportunity to warn that “the forfeiture of the issued permits may be an instrument to use in the future”.
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