Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees
Wednesday, 28 March 2018
Joint Oireachtas Committee on Housing, Planning and Local Government
Prohibition of Micro-Plastics Bill 2016: Discussion (Resumed)
Mr. Conall O'Connor:
We got some unofficial feedback on this. This is more what we are picking up from the air than what is formally available. The European Commission recognises that the train has left the station with regard to microbeads. Concerns have been expressed that all of these solo actions by member states on various different things are being potentially corrosive to the Single Market. It is not that they are not justified, just that the Commission would prefer a unified step forward. If somebody has taken this step beforehand and been at the vanguard of getting a derogation from the Commission, it makes the job easier for people following on.