New packaging and packaging waste regulation

September 25th, 2023

The European Commission published a legislative proposal for a new packaging and packaging waste regulation (PPWR)

Currently, the European Parliament and Council of the European Union are in the process of determining a negotiating position for the upcoming trilogue negotiations.

Within the parliament, the committee on the environment (ENVI) is responsible for drawing up a joint position. Alongside ENVI, several “committees for opinion” are also invited to give their comments on the PPWR.

Within the past weeks, the committees on industry (ITRE), the internal market (IMCO) and agriculture (AGRI) have provided their opinions on either cross-sectional topics or parts of the regulation that are of special interest to their competencies.

For instance, AGRI’s amendments focus on ensuring food safety, while IMCO is especially concerned with new rules on labelling.

The European Parliament will likely vote on a negotiating position in October and enter trilogue negotiations with the Council shortly after. The PPWR is planned to be enacted in the first half of 2024 (ahead of the European elections).

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