Frans Timmermans receives the Politieke Pluim 2018

Brussels, 18 December 2018 – EU Commissioner Frans Timmermans received the political accolade, the Politieke Pluim 2018 today. He said that he was exceptionally honoured that he and his team received the award for their efforts in fighting the plastic soup. The European Commission, of which the Dutch politician Frans Timmermans is the Vice Chair, has taken a pioneering package of measures to combat plastic pollution. For the first time, certain items that are frequently found in the environment, will be banned. This will significantly reduce single-use plastic packaging in the European Union. Timmermans said that he is “very honoured with the Politieke Pluim 2018. It is encouragement to continue down this road of fighting the public nuisance of and health risks caused by plastic.”

The winner of the Politieke Pluim was made known last October and it was awarded today, when the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council of Europe passed the new Single Use Plastic Directive.

The Plastic Soup Foundation awards a Pluim, a symbol of recognition, every year to a politician who has made a significant contribution to reducing the plastic soup. The award was handed over by Maria Westerbos, director of the Plastic Soup Foundation.

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