EU member states have agreed their position on proposals for a directive to ban a range of single-use plastic items to tackle the environmental impact of throw-away products.
Government ambassadors reached agreement in the Permanent Representatives Committee on Wednesday afternoon, clearing the way for negotiations with the European Parliament to begin on 6 November.
While full details of the Coreper mandate are not public, the Council said it wanted to ban products for which alternatives exist. The Council position adds expanded polystyrene cups to the list of proposed restricted products.
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