In an article published on September 7, 2018, the European Parliament (EP) informed about its discussions on the European Commission’s (EC) plastics strategy (FPF reported) and proposed directive on single-use plastics (FPF reported).

The EP’s Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) published a report on the EC’s plastics strategy on July 17 and a draft report on the EC’s proposal for a directive on single-use plastics on July 10, 2018 (FPF reported). Regarding the plastics strategy, the ENVI Committee urges the EC, among others, to ban intentionally-added microplastics in certain products, to set a minimum requirement for recycled content for some plastic products as well as quality standards for recycled plastics, and to require companies to release less microplastics when producing certain products.

The EP will vote on its plastics strategy report on September 13, 2018. The EP is also currently discussing the EC’s proposed single-use plastics directive and expects to vote on it in October 2018.

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EP News (September 9, 2018). “EU strategy to cut plastic waste: More recycling, ban on micro-plastics.

EP (September 2018). “Plastics in a circular economy.(pdf)


EP (July 17, 2018). “Report on a European strategy for plastics in a circular economy (2018/2035(INI)).

EP (July 10, 2018). “Draft report on the proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the reduction of the impact of certain plastic products on the environment (COM(2018)0340 – C8-0218/2018 – 2018/0172(COD)).(pdf)