Action Plan for the Circular Economy (cepPolicyBrief on Communication COM(2020) 98)


The EU Commission has announced numerous measures to create a circular economy, which should increase economic growth while simultaneously reducing the use of resources. We have evaluated these in a cepPolicyBrief.


A circular economy can help to safeguard resources and reduce dependence on primary raw materials by using recycled materials. However, it cannot guarantee – as the Commission implies – that companies will automatically become more profitable or the EU more internationally competitive.