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The Commission has adopted measures that restrict microplastics intentionally added to products. A major step to protect the environment, the new rules will prevent the release of about half a million tonnes of microplastics into the environment and prohibit their sale.
The Commission will invest €90 million in 17 new research projects contributing to the EU Mission: ‘A Soil Deal for Europe'. These projects will work on restoring and protecting soil health for the sustainable production of healthy food, protecting biodiversity, and building climate resilience.