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The first European strategy for plastics

Ljubljana, 17 January 2018 – The European Commission yesterday published a new European Strategy for Plastics, which is also part of the transition to a more circular economy.

The Strategy is focused on protecting the environment from plastic pollution and at the same time on promoting growth and innovation by transforming challenges into positive measures for the future of Europe. The transformation of methods of product design, manufacture and recycling in the EU has great business potential, and the leading position assumed on the completion of the transition process will create new opportunities for investment and jobs. According to the new plans, it will be possible to recycle all plastic packaging in the EU, the consumption of non-reusable plastic packaging will be reduced and the use of microplastics will be restricted.

In transposing and implementing measures in the context of the circular economy, the Government of the Republic of Slovenia is making and will continue to make active efforts to link the measures it takes to measures and initiatives in other areas. These measures will include measures to reduce pollution on land, sustainable planning of the use of plastics, measures to reduce the use of microplastics in products, and measures to raise public awareness and change behavioural patterns, which are essential for reducing the quantity of disposed-of waste and preserving (marine) ecosystems. Slovenia welcomes and supports the prohibition of placing specific products on the market at the level of the whole EU and other environmental protection activities. The Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning, in its capacity of competent authority, is not, however, in favour of the prohibition of placing specific products on the market in individual Member States, since the planning of the prohibitive measures also requires attention to ensuring the functioning of the internal market, preventing trade barriers, and avoiding distorting and restricting competition in the EU.


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