The paper focuses on what a circular economy is and on the tools and policy solutions that can be adopted for implementing the concept of CE in Romanian agriculture as well as the role that the CAP have in this process.
The European Green Deal has set out ambitious 2030 climate and environmental targets for the European economy, particularly its agricultural sector. One of the most important issues in the agri-food industry and its supply chain is the existence of by-products, treated as wastes and discarded immediately to waste disposal. This treatment might lead to loss of possibility in gaining economic value from them. Implementation of a circular economy (CE) could prevent the economic value loss, since the circular economy utilises said wastes as resources for other processes. The purpose of this paper is to present several opportunities and challenges at the national level on how the European Green Deal and the CE would impact national agriculture. The paper would examine the key relevant papers on CE and Green Deal along with the characteristics of Romanian agriculture. The purpose would be to outline several tools and policy recommendations that can be adopted for implementing the concept of CE in Romanian agriculture as well as the role that the CAP have in this process.
About the author
Livia Mirescu, PhD, is an expert in European affairs, currently working at the European Institute of Romania. Her area of expertise includes topics such as: Common Agricultural Policy, environmental policies, especially in the area of sustainable development, circular economy, waste management and climate change.
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