The first-ever CPMR meeting on the issue of marine and plastic wastes was held on January 31 in Brussels.

The meeting was organised at the initiative of several regions, and in particular Anders Fasth, Councillor of the Västra Götaland region, following the publication of the European Commission’s communication ‘A European Strategy for Plastics in Circular Economy’.

The meeting aimed to identify opportunities for CPMR action in this area. It offered the opportunity for regions to present actions that have been carried out in their territories, or through cooperation projects such as BlueIslands, Panacea and Clean-Atlantic, which involve the CPMR’s Geographical Commissions.

The initiatives around which the CPMR’s action will be structured in the coming months concern:

  • The development of a manifesto to express the commitment of the regions in the fight against marine and plastic waste;
  • Exchange of good practices;
  • Support for coastal clean-up campaigns;
  • The development of proposals for the EU strategy and European regulations, such as the Port Infrastructure Directive, which concerns waste collection.

The next meeting between CPMR member regions on this important issue is planned for 10-11 April in Brussels, in parallel with conferences organised by the Searica Intergroup and the BlueIslands project on the theme of marine and plastic waste.