Legislative package delivering the Circular Economy Action Plan

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Series Details January to March 2018
Publication Date 05/03/2018
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Further information:

The Strategy for Plastics 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. The Communication involves transforming the way products are designed, produced, used and recycled in the European Union.

The Strategy also includes 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.

Background information:

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.

The European Commission adopted on 16 January 2018 a package of documents and initiatives in the framework its Circular Economy Action Plan. It includes a Strategy for Plastics in the European Union.

The Council of the European Union held an exchange of views on this package at a meeting on 5 March 2018.

+ Communication on a European strategy for plastics in a circular economy [COM(2018)28];

+ Communication on a monitoring framework for the circular economy [COM(2018)29];

+ Communication on the interface between chemicals, products and waste [COM(2018)32];

+ Proposal for a Directive on port reception facilities for the delivery of waste from ships [COM(2018)33];

+ Report on the impact of the use of oxo-degradable plastic on the environment [COM(2018)35];

+ Report on Critical Raw Materials.

Related Link(s)
European Commission: A European strategy for plastics [Q&A] http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_MEMO-18-6_en.htm
Politico, 15.01.18: Plastic tax proposal faces resistance https://www.politico.eu/article/budget-commissioners-plastic-tax-proposal-faces-resistance/
EUObserver, 10.01.18: Commission reveals plastic tax to cover Brexit budget hole https://euobserver.com/economic/140499
Politico, 16.01.18: Brussels goes to war against plastic garbage https://www.politico.eu/article/brussels-goes-to-war-against-plastic-garbage/
EUObserver, 16.01.18: Oettinger pushes plastic tax but colleagues express doubts https://euobserver.com/institutional/140572
EurActiv, 16.01.18: Karmenu Vella: ‘Well-designed’ plastics tax could help hit environment targets https://www.euractiv.com/section/circular-economy/interview/karmenu-vella-well-designed-plastics-tax-could-help-hit-environment-targets/
EurActiv, 16.01.18: Commission maps out plastics vision in new strategy http://www.euractiv.com/section/circular-economy/news/commission-maps-out-plastics-vision-in-new-strategy/
The Guardian, 16.01.18: EU declares war on plastic waste https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jan/16/eu-declares-war-on-plastic-waste-2030
Politico, 16.01.18: EU’s plastics strategy doesn’t include plastic tax https://www.politico.eu/article/plastic-strategy-no-plastic-tax-for-now/
EurActiv [Opinion]: Plastics Strategy: EU must heed example of best practices http://www.euractiv.com/section/circular-economy/opinion/plastics-strategy-eu-must-heed-example-of-best-practices/
Euronews, 17.01.18: EU plans major crack down on Europe's plastics pollution http://www.euronews.com/2018/01/17/e-u-plans-major-crack-down-on-europe-s-plastics-pollution
Council of the European Union: Press Release, 05.03.18: Environment ministers discussed the Circular Economy and the Plastics Strategy http://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2018/03/05/environment-ministers-discussed-the-circular-economy-and-the-plastics-strategy/
European Commission: Press Release, 18.01.18: Plastic Waste: a European strategy to protect the planet, defend our citizens and empower our industries http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-18-5_en.htm

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