The Council adopted a directive which introduces new restrictions on certain single-use plastic products.
The single-use plastics directive sets stricter rules for the types of products and packaging which are among the top ten most frequently found items polluting European beaches.
The new rules ban the use of certain throwaway plastic products for which alternatives exist. In addition, specific measures are introduced to reduce the use of the most frequently littered plastic products.
The formal adoption of the new rules by the Council today is the final step in the procedure.