06 July 2019 - The Directive EU 2019/904 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 5 June 2019 on the reduction of the impact of certain plastic products on the environment will be incorporated into Montenegro’s legal system, the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism of Montenegro confirmed.
The document prohibits placing single-use plastic products on the market and its provisions are going to be inserted into our legal system through the new Law on Waste Management and the relevant secondary legislation, reported CdM.
The goals of the Directive EU 2019/904 are to limit the adverse impact of such single-use plastic products on the environment, as well as to promote Europe’s transition to a circular economy by using innovative and sustainable models, products and materials.
Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism of Montenegro explained that the whole Part B of the Directive, which provides the list of single-use plastic products on restrictions on placing on the market, is going to be incorporated into the Montenegrin legal system.
Montenegro recently also introduced that plastic bags will soon be history, and in the future Montenegrin consumers will carry goods bought at the market as they once used to do - in wicker baskets, linen or paper bags. This is how the imminent future might look if the proposed Waste Management Bill gets approved, which is now due to the working group.
The Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism organized a public debate on the Draft Law in August 2018. After that, several articles were added to the draft, including the ban on plastic bags "used for placing goods available to consumers". Plastic bags, as stated in the Proposal, will only be permitted if the packaging in which the product is packed and if the use of such items is "necessary for security reasons".
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