Environment ministers discussed the Circular Economy and the Plastics Strategy


Mr Neno DIMOV, Bulgarian Minister for the Environment and Water

Photo: European Union

At today's Environment Council, ministers exchanged views on the package presented by the Commission on 16 January 2018, which aims at delivering on the circular economy action plan. The package consists of the following elements:

  • European strategy for plastics in a circular economy 
  • a Monitoring framework for the circular economy
  • Implementation of the Circular Economy package: options to address the interface between chemical, product and waste legislation 

They based their debate on a note prepared by the Presidency and took into account the interventions of Commissioners Vella and Arias Cañete, who were present.

All Ministers welcomed the Commission package and called for an urgent implementation of concrete measures, in particular, to increase the recycling of plastics, find solutions to the widespread use of single-use plastic and to find a holistic approach to the value chain of plastic production. 

Ministers agreed that they are all looking forward to the Commission legislative proposal on single use plastics.

"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."

Neno Dimov, the Bulgarian Minister for Environment and Water

Finally, Environment Ministers underlined the need to fully involve other Council formations in the discussions and the work on the circular economy throughout different sectors.

The Bulgarian Presidency is planning to have Council conclusions adopted on the above topics in June.

Read the full press release here.

Visit the meeting page on the website of the Council of the European Union.

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