|Author (Corporate)||Council of the European Union, European Parliament|
|Series Title||Official Journal of the European Union|
|Series Details||L 155|
Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council of 5 June 2019 aiming to reduce the amount of single-plastic products most often found on Europe's beaches and seas, as well as lost and abandoned fishing gear.
Single Use Plastic (SUP) items represent about half of all marine litter items found on European beaches. This initiative focuses on the ten most found SUP and fishing gear. Where alternatives are readily available and affordable, single-use plastic products are to be banned from the market. For products without straight-forward alternatives, the focus is on limiting their use through a national reduction in consumption; design and labeling requirements and waste management/clean-up obligations for producers. The initiative delivers on the commitment made in the European Plastics Strategy to tackle wasteful and damaging plastic litter through legislative action.
The European Commission presented its proposal on 28 May 2018. The European Parliament's plenary session approved its negotiating position on 24 October, followed by the Council of the European Union on 31 October. An informal agreement between the institutions on a compromise text was reached on 19 December. The Parliament's plenary session formally endorsed the proposed Directive on 27 March 2019, followed by the Council on 21 May.
|Subject Tags||Sustainable Development, Waste|
|Keywords||Circular Economy, Plastics
|International Organisations||European Union [EU]|