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Parliamentary questions
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9 December 2019
E-004287/2019
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Aurelia Beigneux
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Microplastics pollution in European rivers

Microplastics are present in European rivers. This is the latest in a series of alarming findings published by the Tara Ocean Foundation, an organisation which campaigns for a reduction in plastic use. Microplastics include microbeads, which are present in certain cosmetics and toothpastes, and tiny plastic fragments measuring less than 5mm in diameter. These materials are toxic.

According to scientists, the European Union is the second largest polluter after Asia.

Although the European Union intends to ban some single-use plastics from 2021, nothing seems to halt the constant flow of plastic waste.

Does the Commission have a strategy to help scientists develop sustainable materials that could replace plastic? If so, what practical measures are involved?

Original language of question: FR
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