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Government position on microbeads a cop out – Boylan

23 November, 2016 - by Lynn Boylan MEP


Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan reacted today to the news that the Irish government have stated that they will not support a ban on microbeads and using the EU treaty as an excuse.

The Dublin MEP said:

“This is typical guff from the Irish government who are as usual trying to export their excuses for inaction to Europe when the simple truth is that they don’t want to take any action themselves.

“Microbeads are very small plastic beads commonly found in cosmetic and personal care products such as facial scrubs or toothpastes which have been found in large quantities in the marine environment and are being ingested by wildlife.

“If the government had bothered to do their homework, they would know that the European Commission has already said to the British government as recently as August that it can proceed to introduce a ban on microbeads, explicitly stating that ‘a ban on certain substances on environmental grounds could also be compatible with the internal market’.

“On top of this, France has already passed a law that will ban the sale of exfoliating cosmetic products containing solid waste particles from January 2018 whilst Sweden and Denmark are also in the process of preparing to move on this issue as well. 

“I call on the government to spend less time on weak excuses and instead follow the example of these countries and come forward with a legislative proposal to ban these unnecessary microbeads in cosmetic products.” 

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