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Parliamentary questions
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14 February 2019
Question for written answer E-000865-19
to the Commission
Rule 130
Frédérique Ries (ALDE)

 Subject:  EU strategy for reducing the impact of microplastics on the environment
 Answer in writing 

On 16 January 2018, the Commission presented its strategy for plastics with a view to combating marine pollution, an important concern for EU citizens.

As the strategy makes clear, between 75 000 and 300 000 tonnes of microplastics are released into the environment in the EU every year. Microparticles are found in many everyday objects, such as cosmetics, detergents and even agricultural fertilisers. Once they have been released into the environment it is very difficult to get rid of them, and many scientific studies have shown that microplastics can find their way into water and foods like salt and honey, and thus have an impact on human health.

On 30 January 2019, the ECHA announced plans to impose restrictions on intentionally added microplastics.

Will the Commission heed the ECHA’s opinion and quickly draw up a legislative proposal to ban intentionally added microplastics?

What measures does the Commission plan to take to combat unintentional microplastics, particularly those produced by the textile and tyre industries, which account for more than 60% of the microplastics found in the marine environment?

Original language of question: FR 
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