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On Monday, the Bulgarian Presidency, with Minister for the Environment and Water Neno Dimov in the lead, steered a debate on how to make the circular economy a reality. The discussion was held during the meeting of EU environment ministers which took place on 5 March in Brussels.
In their exchanges, ministers focused on how to limit the negative environmental impact of plastics and microplastic particles, as well as hazardous chemical substances. They discussed approaches to promote a substantial increase in the use of recycled plastics, as well as the safe recovery of waste containing substances of concern.
The European Commission’s package on the Circular Economy Action Plan, presented in January this year, served as a basis for the discussion. Its focus was mainly on the European strategy for plastics in a circular economy and the interface between chemicals, products and waste.
Commenting on the outcome of the meeting, minister Dimov said:
"We need to protect our environment from plastic pollution. We also need to protect our seas from microplastic particles. Today we have made a very important first step towards commitments which will enable us to deliver on our promise to protect the environment and the health of our citizens."
On Monday, ministers also discussed greening the European Semester. Reflecting the fact that one of Bulgaria's priorities in the field of environment is Better Regulation and implementation, the debate focused on the interconnection between Better Regulation and greening the semester.
At the end of the meeting, Minister Dimov and Commissioner Karmenu Vella, in charge of Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, gave a joint press conference.
More details about the meeting are available here.
Pictures and videos are available here.