Vella calls for prevention and recycling to underpin EU Plastics Strategy

Vella calls for prevention and recycling to underpin EU Plastics Strategy

Prevention and recycling must underpin the EU’s plastics strategy to reduce marine plastics pollution, according to EU Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella.

Vella made the commitment at a stakeholder conference on plastics in Brussels yesterday (26 September), an event held to update stakeholders on the progress of the EU’s in-development ‘Strategy on Plastics in a Circular Economy’, which is expected to be published before the end of the year, and to gather feedback and opinions on its form and substance.

Vella calls for prevention and recycling to underpin EU Plastics StrategySpeaking to the conference, Vella outlined the ‘ambitious’ nature of the EU’s Plastics Strategy and the level of financial backing for the strategy, with funds and investment coming from Horizon 2020, the EU’s Cohesion Funds, the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) and LIFE.