The EIB expects to finalise financing for new investment in energy, telecommunications, transport, urban development projects and business lending programmes. This includes EUR 1.4 billion for the metro extension in Stockholm and the acquisition of trains in the Italian Lombardy region.
There will be a consideration of the draft opinion on the Plastics Strategy.
About 400 kg per square kilometre: this, according to estimates, is the amount of mostly plastic waste littering European seas. Some of it can be upcycled into high-quality clothing, claimed a Spanish SME, which carried out an EU-funded feasibility study to work out the details. And indeed, such garments are now available in its shops.
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.