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ITRE Chair, Cristian Busoi calls on the Executive Vice President of the European Commission, Frans Timmermans to make sure that the Guidelines of the Single Used Plastic Directive will not go beyond the Directive's scope

Date

18 Feb 2021

Sections

Climate & Environment

The ITRE Chair, Cristian Busoi, (EPP) has addressed two written parliamentary questions to Frans Timmermans, Executive Vice President of the European Commission regarding critical concerns about the Guidelines of the Single Used Plastic Directive, as below:

  1. According to the latest version of the Guidelines, the Commission intends to go beyond the Directive's scope and objectives. Can you confirm that this will not be the case? When the Commission plans to issue the Guidelines having in mind that they are essential for implementing the SUPD.
  2. What are the economic costs of replacing the single-use paper packaging in quick- service restaurants with other materials, which use 0% plastic?

"The latest version of the Guidelines shared with the Member States shows a tendency on Commission's side to widen the Guidelines' scope compared to the Directive text. Our goal is to help the Member States to implement the Directive at national level effectively. Given the concerns raised by member states, the industry, and civil society, all preoccupied with the European citizens' interest, I expect the European Commission to offer more clarity on this process and make sure the Guidelines do not go beyond the scope of the Directive. " stated ITRE Chair, Cristian Busoi.

 

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