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Commission requests Croatia and Romania to reduce plastic bags

Commission requests Croatia and Romania to reduce plastic bags

The Commission is urging Croatia and Romania to complete the enactment of EU waste legislation into their national laws (Plastic Bags Directive). In view of tackling resource waste and littering, Member States had to adopt measures to reduce the consumption of lightweight plastic carrier bags as required by the Plastic Bags Directive by 27 November 2016.

The Directive obliges Member States to achieve this by putting a price on lightweight plastic carrier bags, and/or introducing national reduction targets. National governments can choose from among a list of measures to achieve the commonly agreed objectives. These include economic instruments, such as charges or levies. Another option is national reduction targets: Member States must ensure that no more than 90 of these bags are consumed per person a year by the end of 2019. By the end of 2025, that number should be down to no more than 40 bags per person.

Both options may be achieved either through compulsory measures or agreements with economic sectors. It is also possible to ban plastic bags provided those bans do not go beyond the limits established by the Directive in order to preserve free movement of goods within the European Single Market. The Commission verifies by way of priority whether the Member States have fulfilled the obligation to transpose this Directive.

Today, the Commission sends a reasoned opinion to Croatia and Romania for continued failure to notify the Commission of their measures. These Member States now have two months to reply to this reasoned opinion. In the absence of a satisfactory response, the Commission may refer the Member States to the Court of Justice of the EU.

Air quality: Commission calls on ROMANIA to communicate measures to reduce emissions from petrol vapor

The European Commission decided to send a reasoned opinion to Romania for failing to communicate measures to reduce emissions from petrol vapor according to EU rules on air quality. This Directive is an essential instrument to protect human health and the environment by limiting the emission of volatile organic compounds from petrol into the air. Member States had to transpose an amendment to the Directive by 13 March 2016.

Romania has still not notified the legal instruments enacting provisions on the testing of petrol vapor recovery systems into national law. The Commission is, therefore, sending a reasoned opinion, and giving the Romanian authorities two months to reply. In the absence of a satisfactory response, the Commission may refer Romania to the Court of Justice of the EU.../IBNA

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