A short event, entitled ‘Marine Plastics Need European Action’ will be hosted by Ricardo Serrão Santos MEP from 18:00-20:00 at the IUCN European Regional Office in Belgium, Brussels. The conference discussion will focus on the major issue of plastic waste in the ocean, an issue becoming alarmingly more important over time. Growing scientific evidence and an increase in public awareness on the sources of plastic waste and their impacts on marine and coastal environments, demonstrates the need for more action at European level.
In December 2015, the European Commission adopted an EU Action Plan for Circular Economy. In an effort to tackle the issue of marine plastic litter, the European Commission has planned to launch its Strategy on Plastics by the end of this year.
The event aims to support an ambitious European Strategy on Plastics that takes action to fulfill the objective of significantly reducing marine litter. An IUCN report on existing national and sub-national policies tackling this issue in EU Member States, including recommendations in reducing marine litter in Europe, will be launched during the event.
Relevant decision makers and conservationists, including Commissioner Karmenu Vella and Pierre-Yves Cousteau, will participate and contribute to the discussion.