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Parliamentary questions
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27 November 2019
Priority question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Isabella Tovaglieri
 Subject: Economic and employment impact of the ‘plastics tax’

The recent attempt by the Italian government to introduce a ‘plastics tax’ has been met with cross-the-board criticism from both manufacturers and trade unions. More specifically, according to the latter, the new tax – which will have but negligible impact – will affect a sector with 2 000 enterprises and some 50 000 employees, as well as having repercussions for all end consumers.

How can the European Commission foster complete sustainability in the transition to a circular economy by supporting the competitiveness of European enterprises while not placing additional burdens on them and their employees?

Considering the need to reduce volumes of plastic and increase recycling, what specific financial instruments will the Commission deploy to facilitate and speed up research and development for more sustainable and high-impact materials, including plastics themselves?

The plastics sector provides added value at EU level in many respects, not least in terms of employment. In view of the 2030 targets set out in the EU Strategy for plastics in a circular economy, will the Commission consider performing an impact study on employment aspects of the transition, so as to ally that transition with the preservation of jobs?

Original language of question: IT
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