The planned revision of the EU Packaging Directive will likely be delayed (see previous article here)
The European Commission initially intended to present its legislative draft in the fourth quarter of 2021, but this date has now been postponed to the first quarter of 2022, according to Environment Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius.
A possible reason for the delay could be the discussions around the proposal to transform the Packaging Directive into a Regulation – as is also planned for the new battery framework – meaning that the rules would be directly applicable and would not have to be transposed into national law.
However, this would deprive member states of the flexibility to adopt their own regulations that go beyond the Commission’s level of ambition.
With the revision, the Commission wants to ensure that all packaging is reusable or recyclable in an economically viable manner by 2030.
To achieve this goal, the Commission plans to adapt the essential requirements for packaging and to impose rules that will reduce the overall volume of packaging and make its design more sustainable.
Landbell Group company, European Recycling Platform (ERP) responded to a public consultation on the Commission’s ideas at the beginning of the year.