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Dr Ewelina Badura
ORCID: 0000-0002-5514-6299
Assistant Professor at the Department of Real Estate Law and Tax Law at the Institute of Law at the Krakow University of Economics, attorney-at-law.
DOI: 10.33226/0137-5490.2021.5.2
JEL: K2

Municipal waste management for many years has remained in the center of attention of the European Commission. The purpose of this paper is to present the concept of circular economy in European legislation, which defines key issues for detailed policies and action plans as well as provides guidelines for the Member States showing, at the same time, the way for economy transformation. Over the last five years, the European Commission has issued several significant documents discussing many commendable policies. The main objective of these policies is to prevent the creation of waste by solving the issue of waste "at source" and enabling the maximum possible recycling of raw materials and energy. At the same time, these policies pose a tough challenge for many EU Member States in terms of implementing new environmental protection laws. The analysis of legislation in this field will bring an answer to the question whether the European Union may soon become a "Green Economy" leader.

Keywords: environment; order; economy; regulation; waste

Assistant Professor at the Department of Real Estate Law and Tax Law at the Institute of Law at the Krakow University of Economics, attorney-at-law.