Communication on ‘A European Strategy for Plastics in a Circular Economy’

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Series Details COM (2018) 28
Publication Date 16/01/2018
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Communication published by the European Commission on 16 January 2018, setting out a Strategy for Plastics in the European Union.

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This Strategy presents key commitments for action at EU level in laying the foundations to a new plastics economy, where the design and production of plastics and plastic products fully respect reuse, repair and recycling needs and more sustainable materials are developed and promoted. It aims to make all plastic packaging on the EU market recyclable by 2030, to reduce the consumption of single-use plastics and to restrict the intentional use of microplastics. It also features a plan to develop new rules on packaging, a stronger focus on other single-use plastics and fishing gear (including a public consultation on the subject) and further support to national awareness campaigns, guidance on how to minimise plastic waste at source, a proposal on port reception facilities and further cooperation with external stakeholders to come up with global solutions and international standards.

The Strategy follows the spirit of the 2015 Circular Economy Package and aims to make a tangible contribution to reaching the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement objectives on climate change. This Communication was published as part of a legislative package aimed at delivering on the circular economy action plan. The Council of the European Union exchanged views on this Communication on 5 March 2018.

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EurActiv, 16/01/2018: Karmenu Vella: ‘Well-designed’ plastics tax could help hit environment targets
Pastic Europe: Press Release, 16/01/2018: PlasticsEurope’s reaction to the Strategy for Plastics
EurActiv, 17/01/2018: Plastics Strategy: EU must heed example of best practices

EUObserver, 10/01/2018: Commission reveals plastic tax to cover Brexit budget hole
Politico, 15/01/2018: Plastic tax proposal faces resistance
Politico, 16/01/2018: Brussels goes to war against plastic garbage
EUObserver, 16/01/2018: Oettinger pushes plastic tax but colleagues express doubts
EurActiv, 16/01/2018: Commission maps out plastics vision in new strategy
The Guardian, 16/01/2018: EU declares war on plastic waste
Politico, 16/01/2018: EU’s plastics strategy doesn’t include plastic tax
Euronews, 17/01/2018: EU plans major crack down on Europe's plastics pollution

EUR-Lex: SWD(2018)16: Staff Working Document accompanying the Communication on 'A European Strategy for Plastics in a Circular Economy'
EUR-Lex: Opinion of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) on the Communication on a European Strategy for Plastics in a circular economy
European Parliament: Legislative Observatory: Procedure File for Initiative on European strategy for plastics in a circular economy
European Commission: Memo, 16/01/2018: Questions & Answers: A European strategy for plastics
European Commission: Press Release, 16/01/2018: Plastic Waste: a European strategy to protect the planet, defend our citizens and empower our industries
Council of the European Union: Press Release, 05/03/2018: Environment ministers discussed the Circular Economy and the Plastics Strategy
European Commission: News, 20/11/2018: EU Plastics Strategy

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