The 2019 European Maritime Day conference will take place in Lisbon, Portugal. But there is not only one EMD. In parallel, a series of local EMD events are organised across Europe. This enables the many European regions with a maritime culture to join in the celebrations and highlight the vital role of the seas and oceans. To join, all you need is an event in any EU country, or any neighbouring non-EU country, related to the sea and held between 1 April and 30 June 2019. If you are organising such an event, consider making your event a European Maritime Day event.
Today the Commission has adopted a Communication, confirming its commitment to protecting citizens and the environment from hazardous chemicals. The Communication also outlines how the Commission intends to ensure that the EU approach remains the most modern and fit-for-purpose in the world.
Following the first trilogue on Single Use Plastics Directive, 12 industry organisations and environmental NGOs co-signed a joint statement to urge the Council to support the binding target of at least 35% recycled plastic in beverage bottles by 2025.
The EU is taking action to reduce plastic pollution by setting tough new restrictions on single-use plastic products. Today’s meeting of member states’ ambassadors in the Permanent Representatives Committee agreed the Council’s position on a proposal for a new directive which is part of the EU’s efforts to protect the environment and clean up the oceans.
The European Commission is joining forces with United Nations Environment Programme and other international partners to launch a coalition of aquariums to fight plastic pollution. Aquariums all over the world will organise permanent activities in their facilities and will be invited to change their procurement policies, for example in canteens and shops, to eliminate all single use plastic items. The aim is to have on board at least 200 aquariums by 2019 raising public awareness about plastic pollution. The institutions involved in the initiative will engage with potential partners, such as sponsors and NGOs, to promote best practices in the use of plastic on a local, regional national and global scale. This campaign announcement follows the overwhelming vote in the European Parliament this week on the Commission’s proposal to ban certain single use plastics by 2021.
Wednesday, October 24, 2018 – The European Parliament has approved the report which would make it mandatory to produce beverage containers composed of at least 35% recycled plastic by 2025. FEAD, the representatives of the private waste management sector, fully embraces this positive vote and hopes that recycled content will be met with an equally favorable outcome at the end of the year, during the negotiations between the European Parliament and the Council of the European Parliament.