Microplastics, Green Deal and our search for regulations
On October 5, Katrin Schuhen will be live at the event R(H)EINE LIEBE: WIE BEKÄMPFEN WIR (MIKRO)PLASTIK IN DER EU? She will provide insights into our work and, as a PhD polymer chemist and microplastics expert, will be available for questions and discussion.
We are particularly excited about the political aspects in this exchange, as we have only recently dealt intensively with laws and regulations on microplastics. We have summarized our findings in an article that was published last week. Link in the text.
Europe on the ground in Karlsruhe with a discussion forum on the fight against microplastics
Europe Direct Karlsruhe and the Young Europeans Heidelberg Mannheim cordially invite you to address questions about (micro)plastic in our region: Why is plastic found in almost all materials and products? How does the Surfrider Foundation Baden-Pfalz campaign for a cleaner environment? And what role can the EU play here?
On the shelves, in the food, in the drink - in all areas of life we encounter plastic and thus microplastic. This is not only unhealthy, but also bad for the environment! Especially tricky: even if we can't see it, microplastic is there. That's why the European Commission has declared war on (micro)plastic with the Circular Economy Action Plan! And it is not alone, the fight against plastic and microplastics is also going on right on our doorstep, with state-of-the-art technology and joint actions.
In two short presentations, Dr. Katrin Schuhen of Wasser 3.0 and Robert Gampfer, policy officer for climate and environment at the European Commission Representation in Germany, will present the latest scientific approaches to combat the problem and explain the strategy to establish the circular economy in the EU. The results of the event will be collected as part of the Conference on the Future of Europe and made available on the platform for further debate.
Click here for the flyer with all important information about the event and registration.
We look forward to a lively and stimulating exchange!
What about the laws around microplastics?
Fittingly, we have just dealt with the legal situation around microplastics. Where we stand here nationally and at the European level, when we expect to see limit values, and what aspects come together in this complex topic, we describe in this (German) article, which appeared last week in Laborpraxis Vogel.
Europe Direct is a Europe-wide network with a total of 424 local contact points, funded by the European Commission. One of these contact points is located at the Karlsruhe Regional Council. Here, citizens can ask their questions about the European Union, find out about and exchange information on current European topics and events, or network with experts. One of the tasks of the Europe Direct centers is to present EU policy content, to show how it affects the region and what this means for local citizens.
The Young Europeans Mannheim Heidelberg are part of an international federalist youth movement that advocates for a united Europe. Under the motto Experience Europe, Understand Europe, Shape Europe, they try to draw attention to the importance of Europe and thus inspire young people for a democratic, federal Europe. They see themselves as young people who want to live the European idea.