The European Commission guidelines on single-use plastics published on Monday, which include an obligation – not provided for in the 2019 European directive banning single-use plastic packaging from July 3 – to reduce the consumption of plates, of glasses and paper packaging covered with a plastic film, aroused strong reactions from the Italian industry, which is heavily invested in the production of these products.
“The EU directives on the SUP directive have effectively shut down an entire industrial sector. I do not see a decisive and coherent reaction from politicians, unions, companies. This does not seem to affect the future of workers in the packaging sector, Italian excellence in the world! »Tweeted Carlo Bonomi, president of the largest association of Italian companies, Confindustria.
Minister of Economic Development Giancarlo Giorgetti and Minister of Ecological Transition Roberto Cingolani also opposed the directives.
“Environmental awareness, a shareable project and a goal to be pursued cannot ignore the consequences of an ideological approach that penalizes Italian industries,” said Giorgetti, who recently discussed the issue with European Commissioners Vestager and Gentiloni.
Rather, Cingolani explained that the single-use plastics directive would also harm another sector where Italy is at the forefront in Europe, that of biodegradable bioplastics.
“This is an absurd directive, for which only recycled plastic is acceptable,” Cingolani said. “Europe has given a very strange definition of plastic, [including] only recyclable plastic. All the rest, even if they are biodegradable or add to something, they are not good. Our scientific community has a world leadership in the development of biodegradable materials, but for the moment they are not usable by industry, because there is a new absurd European directive ”, he added.
This is happening just as “the EU is funding big European projects to develop biodegradable plastics,” he said, adding that “even at continental level there are conflicting signals that need to be clarified”. (Daniele Lettig | EURACTIV.it)