EU hopes to spur ‘race to the top’ with plastics ban

EU proposals to restrict the use of disposable plastic product should be seen as a challenge to other parts of the world to address marine pollution, EC vice-president Frans Timmermans said on Monday.

EU proposals to restrict the use of disposable plastic products, banishing a range of items from supermarket shelves, should be seen as a challenge to other parts of the world to address marine pollution, European Commission vice-president Frans Timmermans said on Monday.

“What I hope for after today is a race to the top. I invite all those who have said the EU is too slow, whether they are Michael Gove or others, to join us,” Timmermans said, referring to comments by the UK environment minister implying EU trade rules might impede unilateral action by London.

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