Together these constitute 70% of all marine litter items.
He said the new law would also ensure "it is the polluter that pays". "This means different measures will be applied to different products".
The NGOs also said that the draft fails to address the presence of hazardous substances used in single-use plastic products, which can easily leak into the environment and in our food chain.
There would be no immediate bans on products for which "straight-forward alternatives" were not yet available. Instead, the focus would be on limiting use through national measures.
A picture taken on May 24, 2018 in Sieversdorf, eastern Germany shows plastic straws. Estimates by the Commission show that the net benefits of the proposal are obvious. These include offering city-wide programs for reusable mugs and reusable straws, only giving single-use utensils to customers when requested, and ceasing distribution of disposable cups and single-use plastic bags, or placing a tax on both items.
Across the world, plastics make up 85% of marine litter.
The Commission writes now that tackling the plastics problem is a must and can bring new opportunities for innovation, competitiveness and job creation. Companies will also be offered incentives to develop less polluting alternatives. The proposed directive will now go to the European Parliament and the European Council for approval.
"We're targeting the 10 most commonly found single use plastic items that have a great chance of ending up as litter, which are very hard to recyle" according to EU Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans.
As reported by Deutsche Welle (DW), Germany's global broadcaster, the draft law will include a ban on the private use of disposable plastic products like straws, plastic plates, plastic utensils, plastic coffee stirrers, cotton swabs with plastic stems and plastic balloon holders.
European Union countries will also be required to collect 90 percent of single-use plastic drink bottles by 2025. The Commission writes that producers will help cover the costs of waste management and clean-up, as well as awareness raising measures.
Each country will also have to embark on an education campaign in which food producers are required to label products clearly and inform consumers how plastic waste is disposed. EU Commission officials urged for institutions to "deliver tangible results" before EU elections in twelve month's time.