Council moots watering down disposable plastics ban

National governments are considering weakening proposals to ban a range of disposable plastic products commonly found in beach litter, according to a leaked EU Council document

National governments are considering weakening proposals to ban a range of disposable plastic products commonly found in beach litter, according to a leaked draft of a compromise agreement drafted by the Austrian EU Council presidency.

The text, to be discussed on Monday at working party level, would remove the enforcement of EU-wide bans, transferring to member states the power to “decide to implement” obligations “through market restrictions” in a “proportionate and non-discriminatory" manner.

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