On 16 April, the ENVI Committee will consider the above draft report. In January 2018 the European Commission adopted a Communication on a European Strategy for Plastics in a Circular Economy. It presents key commitments for action at EU level to transform the way plastics and plastics products are designed, produced, used and recycled.
It proposes that by 2030, all plastics packaging should be recyclable. The Strategy also highlights the need for specific measures to reduce the impact of single-use plastics, particularly in our seas and oceans. The draft report welcomes the Communication as a step forward towards managing plastics in a sustainable way throughout the whole value chain and thereby contributing to the EU's transition towards a circular economy. The rapporteur believes that preventing the generation of plastic waste upfront and boosting our plastics recycling performance are both key and that the plastics strategy should also serve as a lever for stimulating new, smart and circular business, production and consumption models covering the entire value chain.