The beginning of January marks the commencement of technical negotiations between the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union concerning the Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation (PPWR). Both bodies finalized their respective positions on the text on 22 November and 18 December 2023. The European Parliament’s Final Report can be found here, and the Council of the EU’s General Approach here.

Their objective is to reach a final agreement, which will be enforced across all 27 Member States upon its publication in the Official Journal of the EU. As a reminder, the new Regulation aims to clarify and standardize packaging regulations across the EU, while proposing greater ambition to enhance packaging sustainability and reduce packaging waste.

On February 5, 2024, negotiators from the Council and the Parliament met for the first time to negotiate a compromise on the EU Packaging Regulation (PPWR) at the political level (known as a trilogue because the Commission also participates). Prior to this, experts from the two institutions had exchanged opinions and explored possible compromises in a total of nine technical-level meetings. Concurrently, officials from the Member States are meeting to assess the Parliament’s proposals and make any necessary changes to the General Approach of December 18. Currently, no agreement is expected in the first trilogue, as the PPWR is simply too broad and complex, and the positions of the Council and the Parliament are too far apart on many issues.