28 May 2018
The European Commission presented plans today (Monday) to cut down on single-use plastics and reduce plastic pollution at sea.
Speaking ahead of the presentation of the draft directive, European Green Party co-chairs Monica Frassoni and Reinhard Bütikofer said:
“We welcome the European Commission’s plan to severely restrict single-use plastics and reduce plastic pollution at sea.
“We need to develop a consistent response that tackles plastics at the level of production as well as effective waste management. The scale of the problem means that we cannot rely on individual European countries to take action and must instead find a Europe-wide response.
“The move to cut plastics is likely to receive strong backing in the European Parliament and we urge member countries to follow suit and back the proposals. But, executive action alone is not enough. We need a grassroots citizen’s movement capable of stepping in and driving change. We believe the support is there, but we just need to organise effectively.
“Let’s use World Cleanup Day on 15 September to turn up en masse and show governments across Europe that we need an urgent response to the plastics polluting our beaches, coastlines and seas.
"Let’s organise to provide for a cleaner, more sustainable Europe free from the blight of plastics.”
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