At a flagship event with the UN Environment Programme yesterday, First Vice-President Frans Timmermans launched a global ‘Race to the Top’ to tackle plastic pollution.
Presenting the Commission’s EU Plastics Strategy and legal proposals to tackle single use plastics as a gold standard, Timmermans invited government and industry panellists to work together to find innovative solutions to support the transition to a circular plastics economy. The Commission’s strategy received strong endorsement from UN Environment, the President of the UN General Assembly and EU Member States speakers. The Commission will now continue its work with UN Environment in support of the Global Plastics Platform it announced at the event. The opening remarks of FVP Timmermans are available here.