PRESS RELEASE: EXPRA’s position on the conceptual introduction of “state-run PRO” in the 1.12.23 version of the Spanish Presidency’s compromise text on PPWR, December 2023

Position Paper: State-run PROs” are another form of tax and cannot be considered as EPR since they contradict the General minimum requirements for EPR schemes (Art 8a of the WFD)
Summary
EXPRA believes that a ‘state-run producer responsibility organization’ is a contradictory mish- mash of conflicting terms that only leads to chaos. EXPRA calls upon Member States to reject such a dangerous notion as it has no place in a functioning free-market. Graver still, the proposed idea threatens the ability for the EU to move towards a Circular Economy despite the billions of euros being invested towards such a transition.

You can read the Press Release here.