MEPs of the Environment Committee said that EU Member States would have to reduce the consumption of most common and polluting plastic bags by 80% by 2019. To this end, MEPs recommend using economic instruments such as taxes and levies, marketing restrictions or bans.

As rapporteur MEP Margrete Auken (Greens/EFA, DK) stated: "MEPs have voted for EU legislation that would deliver a significant and swift reduction in single-use plastic bags. As front-running countries in the EU and beyond have ...

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