We need you to save the oceans from plastic pollution
The NGO Expéditions MED has decided to use this action to convince the European Parliament to legislate on the production of plastic wastes and their discharge in the marine environment.
We need 1 million signatures of citizens from at least 7 Member States of the EU.
Description of the objectives : The European Union doesn’t deal specifically with plastic waste even though they represent a serious threat for the environment. This is the reason why we ask the EU to develop an ambitious regulation on the subject. The solution we defend, with a logic of circular economy, is to promote biodegradable plastics and prevent the production of plastic waste at the source as recommended in the waste hierarchy. We also ask to promote recycling in order to prevent the discharge of plastic waste into the sea. An exhaustive regulation upstream will save the marine environment downstream.
Any citizen, acting individually or jointly with others, may at any time exercise his right of petition to the European Parliament under Article 194 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. Not less than one million citizens who are nationals of a significant number of Member States may take the initiative of inviting the Commission, within the framework of its powers, to submit any appropriate proposal on matters where citizens consider that a legal act of the Union is required for the purpose of implementing the treaties « . The European Union recognizes today the value of petitions to create new laws.
A European Citizen Initiative is a draft law written by European citizens and validated by the Commission. This Initiative has one year to collect 1 million signatures of citizens from Member States. Once this objective is achieved, the bill is studied by the Commission and can be adopted by the European Parliament and then applied thoughout the EU.
In November 2013, the Commission has adopted a draft law requiring Member States to reduce the use of plastic bags. The European Parliament has set in March 2014 the objective to reduce the use of single-use plastic bags by 50% by 2017 and 80% by 2019. Expéditions MED can boasts about being part, with other NGOs, of this legislative progress.