Brussels makes concessions in new draft on packaging

An impending draft EC Directive on packaging now appears certain to allow Member States and the packaging industry more flexibility in achieving mandatory recovery and recycling targets for packaging waste. And a European Commission plan to impose a "standstill" on packaging waste is also to be dropped.

The packaging Directive has been in preparation since the end of 1990, and the Commission is believed to be on the point of issuing a formal legislative proposal.

The penultimate informal draft was circulated in the autumn (ENDS Report 201, pp 35-6). A third and final informal text is expected to form the basis of the formal proposal. The principal changes made since the autumn are believed to be as follows:

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