Tiny pieces of plastic, now ubiquitous in the marine environment, have long been a cause of concern for their ability to absorb toxic substances and potentially penetrate the food chain. Now scientists are beginning to understand the level of threat posed to life, by gauging the extent of marine accumulation and tracking the movement of these contaminants.
On average in the EU, 31kg of plastic packaging waste is produced per person per year. This adds up to 15.8 million tonnes of plastic packaging waste generated in the EU in one year, corresponding to the approximate weight of 83 blue whales, 3 160 elephants or 19 504 horses.
18 April 2018, Rome – The body charged with keeping global trade in plants and plant products safe has adopted several new phytosanitary standards aimed at preventing destructive agricultural and environmental pests from jumping borders and spreading internationally.
(Brussels, 12th April 2018) Today, the European Commission has published a proposal for a Directive on unfair trading practices (UTPs) in the food supply chain and the members of the signatory organisations welcome this move. Such a proposal for a Directive has the potential to create a minimum harmonisation at EU level without endangering well-functioning existing systems already in place in some Member States.
A summary of the consideration of draft opinion is now available.
There will be a consideration of the draft opinion on the Plastics Strategy.
Amendments to the report tabled for plenary are available.
As part of a shift towards a circular economy, the European Commission put forward four legislative proposals intended to improve waste management in the European Union in 2015. First-reading negotiations with the Council delivered a compromise, which now awaits a vote in Parliament during the April plenary session.
Millions of tonnes of plastic waste enter the world’s oceans each year, posing a threat to marine ecosystems and contaminating the food chain with toxic compounds. EU-funded researchers are deploying cutting-edge technologies to prevent and mitigate this growing environmental hazard.