The Parliamentary intergroup Seas, Rivers, Islands and Coastal Areas is organizing an event on marine litter in the European Parliament.
In the EU, the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) sets the framework for Member States to achieve by 2020 Good Environmental Status (GES) for their marine waters, considering 11 descriptors with one of them focussing on Marine Litter. By 2016 the member states have to implement concrete measures to combat this environmental threat and reach the aspirational target to reduce marine litter by 30% by 2020. In addition with the European Commission's Circular Economy Package, proposals to review the Waste Directives and joint interests by different sectors to prevent waste happening in the first place,a new promising plastics strategy might be on the rise.
The event brings together decision makers, NGO’s and industry representatives to discuss various solution-based approaches. Andy Booth, Project Coordinater of the JPI Oceans Project PLASTOX on the impacts of microplastics on marine organisms will participate as one of the panel members in the second part of the event.