In 2016 Mi-plast took a big step forward, and began collaboration on four projects within the framework of the EU programs H2020 and Life+: Hyperbiocoat, Funguschain, Pulpacktion and Life Ecomethylal. The funded projects are a result of teamwork of all project partners across Europe. With this accomplishment, Mi-plast confirms its place as one of the most successful companies in Eastern and Southeastern Europe in the field of bio economy, circular economy, biotechnology and biopolymers.
To address the environmental aspects of packaging and packaging waste, some Member States started introducing their own measures in this area. As a consequence, for harmonization at European level, on 20th of December 1994, the European parliament and the Council adopted the 94/62/EC Directive on packaging and packaging waste.
This Directive aims to harmonize national measures concerning the management of packaging and packaging waste in order to prevent any impact thereof on the environment of all Member States as well as of third countries or to reduce such impact, thus providing a high level of environmental protection. On the other hand, the Directive aims to ensure the functioning of the internal market and to avoid obstacles to trade and distortion and restriction of competition within the Community.
At the end of 2014, Mi-plast Company became a full member of the Bio-Based Industries Consortium – BIC which is the most significant organization in EU for R&D of bio products and biomaterials in Europe. BIC is a non-profit organization set up in Brussels in 2012. BIC represents the private sector in a public-private partnership (PPP) with the EU, represented by the European Commission, known as the Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU), established in June 2014 as one of the pillars of the European Commission Bioeconomy Strategy. BIC members cover the entire bio-based value chain and consist of large industries, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), regional clusters, European trade associations, and European Technology Platforms. The Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking is dedicated to transforming renewable, natural resources into innovative bio-based products.
Mi-plast is the only company in Croatia and this part of Europe which became a full member and will, with its action and participation, help create politics and development of bio-economy in Europe.
Since 01.01.2014., Mi-plast and its partners have been collaborating on implementation of the BIO-QED project from the 7th Framework Program for research and development (FP7). FP7 – seventh framework program for research, technological development and demonstration activities – is a financial instrument of the EU to fund research and development in Europe and other parts of the world. Purpose of this program is to help achieving ambitious goals of the EU formulated in the Lisbon agenda, especially the goal to make Europe the world's most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy, capable of sustainable economic growth with more and better jobs and greater social cohesion. Read more about the project HERE.