On September 13, 2018, the European Parliament (EP) voted in favor of its report on a European strategy for plastics in a circular economy (FPF reported). The report was prepared by the EP’s Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) in response to the European Commission’s (EC) plastics strategy (FPF reported) that was published in January 2018 (FPF reported). With the vote, the EP backs the EC’s plans and calls for further measures to tackle plastic pollution.

On the same day, the EP also adopted a resolution on the interface between chemical, product and waste legislation with regards to the circular economy package. The EP calls on the EC “to prevent hazardous chemicals from entering the material cycle, to achieve full consistency between the laws implementing waste and chemicals policies and to ensure better implementation of current legislation, while addressing those regulatory gaps that could act as barriers to a sustainable EU circular economy including, in particular, with respect to imported articles.”

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