‘Back plastics proposals’, EU governments told

Ries said industry had focused its energy on the Council and called on the Austrian presidency to resist and “maintain the level of ambition initiated by the Commission, and reinforced by Parliament”

MEPs, the European Commission and environmental groups have called on member states not to water down producer responsibility proposals in the disposable plastics legislation currently being negotiated.

Commission vice president Frans Timmermans and European Parliament negotiator on the proposals, Frédérique Ries (ALDE), joined campaigners from the Rethink Plastics alliance in Brussels on Monday to put pressure on member states ahead of a second round of interinstitutional negotiations on the single-use plastics proposals scheduled for Wednesday.

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