With its latest agreement on the new Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) and coronavirus recovery fund, the European Council has also approved the implementation of the so-called plastic tax as of the 1st of January 2021. The plan foresees a €0.80/kg levy on non-recycled plastic packaging waste to be paid by member states into the EU budget.
Mrs. Tsvetanka Todorova, President of BAP attended a wide-format meeting at the Bulgarian National Assembly of which the Minister of Environment and Water Emil Dimitrov presented the MOEW policy in the Waste Management sector.
The meeting was attended by MPs from the Environment and Water Commission, the Ministry of Environment and Water and the Executive Environmental Agency, representatives of the National Association of Municipalities in the Republic of Bulgaria, ASECOB, employers and industry organizations. They discussed the MOEW’s current measures to strengthen waste management controls and upcoming legislative initiatives in this direction.
In an interview in “Die Welt” the new EU Commissioner for Environment, Virginijus Sinkevicius, thinks aloud about a general ban on plastic packaging in Europe. The Associations representing the European polymer industry consider this idea to be counterproductive and calls on the EU Commissioner to do more to ensure that plastic packaging in Europe does not end up in landfills but is recycled.
INEOS Styrolution, the global leader in styrenics, today discloses first results of the ResolVe project. The project team now has proof of concept of closed loop recycling. The process converts waste polystyrene back to pure styrene via a depolymerisation process, followed by a polymerisation process resulting in a quality identical to virgin polystyrene. The results show that polystyrene is very well recyclable.
On 20 September 2019 in Brussels, the Circular Plastics Alliance presented and adopted its declaration. The declaration describes the alliance’s vision for more recycled plastics in Europe, as well as their commitments for action to reach the EU target to incorporate 10 million tonnes of recycled plastics into products in the EU annually by 2025.
On 16 September 2019, Plastic Europe, together with 92 other European associations representing key European stakeholders in the field of research and innovation, signed a joint statement urging the EU institutions to make research, development and innovation (RD&I) a priority within the next financial framework 2021-2027. The associations urge the Council of the EU to increase the budget allocated under Horizon Europe to at least EUR 120 billion, of which at least 60% should be earmarked for a pillar “Global challenges and European industrial competitiveness.”
Meeting at The Ministry of Environment and Water on transposition of the adopted ЕU Directive 2019/904
On 27 August 2019 a meeting was held at the Ministry of Environment and Water (MOEW), between Deputy Minister Nikolay Kanchev and representatives of the Branch Association of Polymers (BAP) on the initiative of the MEP Andrey Slabakov. The main topic was the transposition of the adopted Directive (EU) 2019/904 of the European Parliament of 5 June 2019 on reducing the environmental impact of certain disposable plastic products.
BAP representatives held a meeting with MEP Andrei Slabakov to discuss the impact on the polymer branch of Directive 2019/904.
Branch Association Polymers supports the united initiative by signing the joint paper on the positioning of industry at the core of the EU’s future with a Joint call to the Heads of State and Government.
On 27 March 2019 the European Parliament adopted the final text of the draft Directive on the reduction of the use of certain types of plastic products during its plenary session without any further changes to the text.