The Commission’s Work Program for 2022 has been published on Tuesday 19th October. The Program provides indications on the expected publications of key initiatives.

Among other things it lists the following:

  • On products, the initiative for the right to repair is expected in Q3.
  • On plastics, the policy framework for bio-based, biodegradable and compostable plastics is expected Q2; the restrictions on microplastics as well as the measures to reduce the release of microplastics in the environment both expected Q4.
  • On water and air, the Carbon removal certification is expected for Q4.

The Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive (PPWD) is not listed. Nonetheless, it is expected that the draft amendments will be published by the end of Q1 2022. Officially, the Commission is still trying to meet the initially set deadline (Q4 2021), yet unofficially, the information conveyed by the Units (i.e., B1 officials) seems to confirm that it will be delayed to the spring of 2022.

The same destiny is almost certain for the Sustainable Product Initiative (SPI) and Green Claims. Although they were initially planned to be released in December 2021, reliable sources let us understand that they will be postponed being adopted in Q1 2022.