EXPRA held its fall General Assembly on 30 November to discuss the current hot topics and to listen and discuss with external speakers issues of major importance.
The Assembly was preceded by a common dinner where also external guests from EUROPEN, WEE Forum and EucoLight were welcomed.
During the General Assembly, EXPRA MD, Joachim Quoden gave a short report on the achievements of EXPRA and major events organized in 2017 as well as the outlook for 2018. These were of course related to the recent developments rgarding the CEP and especially the Waste legislative proposals and the respecive activities planned under EXPRA 2.0 project, which were presented by WeberSchandwick consultanats and acively discussed by the members.
A new Cooperation member, the 26th one – IRF (Iceland) was approved by the General Assembly, thus further enlarging the EXPRA family in the north direction.

The General Assembly also approved unanimously the budget 2017, the budget distribution method and the membership fees which are staying on the same level as in the last three years.

Very interesting were the presentations of the external guests: Sander Defruyt, Lead Manager, New Plastics Economy, EMF and Pascal Leroy, MD of the WEEE Forum.

In his presentation, Mr. Defruyt explained the recent development of the New Plastic initiative and noted that the industry has taken the initiative with respective commitments, and that they are currently trying to involve the governments as well. He recognized the benefits of the EPR systems and underlined that more harmonization would increase those.

Mr. Leroy presented the challenges of internet sales, EPR and free riding, with an active discussion following. It was agreed to consider ways to join forces and exert some pressure on the institutions as this is a problem of vastly growing impact.