Written by Didier Bourguignon (3rd edition, updated on 28.11.2018),
Most of the plastic in our oceans originates from land-based sources. On European beaches, plastics make up 80-85 % of marine litter, which is considered a major threat to marine and coastal biodiversity. Marine litter also costs the European Union economy an estimated €259 million to €695 million per year.
In May 2018, the European Commission put forward a legislative proposal seeking to address the issue of marine litter from plastics. The proposal would introduce a series of measures regarding the top 10 single-use plastics found on European beaches, as well as fishing gear, with a view to reducing their impact on the environment and ensuring a functional internal market.
Both the European Parliament and the Council have adopted their position on the proposal. Interinstitutional trilogue negotiations started on 6 November 2018.
|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|
|Committee responsible:||Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI)||COM(2018) 340
Ordinary legislative procedure (COD) (Parliament and Council on equal footing – formerly ‘co-decision’)
|Rapporteur:||Frédérique Ries (ALDE, Belgium)|
|Karl-Heinz Florenz (EPP, Germany)
Massimo Paolucci (S&D, Italy)
Mark Demesmaeker (ECR, Belgium)
Lynn Boylan (GUE/NGL, Ireland)
Margrete Auken (Greens/EFA, Denmark)
Piernicola Pedicini (EFDD, Italy)
Sylvie Goddyn (ENF, France)
|Next steps expected:||Continuing trilogue negotiations|