EXPRA co-signs the cross-industry packaging value chain statement on the Single Use Plastics (SUP) Directive

EXPRA joined the statement on the Single Use Plastics (SUP) Directive, signed by 73 European and national industry associations.
The joint statement calls on EU negotiators to safeguard the Internal Market for packaging and packaged goods, in view of the trilogues on the Single Use Plastics (SUP) Directive. Its aim is to ensure that the Directive on the reduction of the impact of certain plastic products on the environment (so-called Single-Use Plastics Directive) will deliver the intended environmental objectives in a harmonised and competitive EU Internal Market. The co-signatories believe that it is crucial to avoid divergent packaging restrictions across the EU would undermine the free movement of packaging and packaged goods which would have a negative effect on investment, innovation – including eco-innovation – for circularity, growth and jobs in Europe.

Among the recommended actions for the EU co-legislators are: to ensure that the PPWD (Directive 94/62/EC) remains the lex specialis for all packagingitems as defined by Article 3(1) of Directive 94/62/EC, that the measures adopted under Article 4 (SUP Directive) are without prejudice to Article 18 of Directive 94/62/EC and that Member States shall pre-notify the Commission of their measures in accordance with Directive 2015/1535 as well as to remove the reference in Recital 11 to market restrictions in relation to the measures on consumption reduction related to SUP Article 4.

You can read the statement here.