Karmenu Vella: ‘We were encouraged by EU ban on plastic bags’

Single-use plastic items like cutlery will be curbed under new EU proposals due out in May, the EU’s Environment Commissioner, Karmenu Vella, told EURACTIV.com in an interview.

“We are hoping to come up with a legislative initiative in May this year,” said Vella, referring to an upcoming EU law on curbing single-use plastics.

Single-use plastics are a major contributor to marine litter, Vella pointed out, citing plastic bottles and plastic cutlery as examples.

“In fact, we are following on that,” Vella said when asked about an EU regulation adopted in 2015, which imposed a phase-out on single-use plastic bags by 2019.

“That worked very well,” Vella explained, saying “we are doing it because we were encouraged by the results of that ban on plastic bags.”

EU to halve plastic bag use by 2019

The European Parliament passed a law on 28 April to drastically cut down on single-use plastic bags. EURACTIV France reports