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pursuant to Rule 133 of the Rules of Procedure

on developing clean-up boats

Mireille D’Ornano

Motion for a European Parliament resolution on developing clean-up boats  

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to Articles 4, 11, 191 and 194 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

–  having regard to Rule 133 of its Rules of Procedure,

A.  whereas tangible measures should be taken to stop as soon as possible the clogging of the oceans with plastic waste, which is an environmental issue of great concern,

B.  whereas a single flotilla of clean-up boats would be sufficient to collect a large proportion of the plastic waste in the oceans before it sinks and can no longer be recovered;

C.  whereas ‘The Sea Cleaners’ organisation has launched the Manta project to build a 60-metre-long sailing boat with four hulls and telescopic harrows – which extend the boat’s width to 72 metres and comb the water to a depth of 1.5 metres – that can collect and store 100 tonnes, or 600 m3, of plastic waste on board in specially made tanks;

1.  Calls on the Commission to support all creditable projects aiming to develop boats capable of efficiently removing plastic waste from the oceans.

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