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Parliamentary questions
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17 July 2021
Answer given by Mr Sinkevičius
on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-002400/2021

The Commission acknowledges the delay in the adoption of the implementing measures under the Single-Use Plastic (SUP) Directive(1) due to i.a. ongoing intensive consultation and preparatory work with stakeholders and the Member States. The Commission is not entitled to unilaterally change the dates under the directive agreed by the co-legislators. It is only the co-legislators that may do so on the basis of a Commission legal proposal.

The guidelines regarding the single-use plastic products covered by the directive were adopted by the Commission on 31 May 2021(2). However, since the guidelines are not a legally binding instrument, the directive and the national legislation transposing the directive remain the determining legal provisions for compliance purposes. The impact of the delay in the adoption of the implementing acts relating to legal obligations linked to targets and objectives should be limited, as these targets and objectives are due in several years, such as the implementing act on the calculation, verification and reporting of data on the separate collection of waste single-use plastic beverage bottles which was published for public feedback from 20 May to 17 June 2021.

The directive was adopted by the European Parliament and the Council following a proposal from the Commission, which was accompanied by an impact assessment(3). The impact assessment followed the Commission better regulation rules, which require a thorough assessment on the effects on the industry.

(1)Directive (EU) 2019/904 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 5 June 2019 on the reduction of the impact of certain plastic products on the environment, OJ L 155, 12.6.2019, p. 1‐19.
(3)SWD (2018) 254 final.
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