Dear Esteemed Readers,

We trust this EXPRA Newsletter finds you flourishing and in great spirits.

The recent winter season has been a dynamic period for EXPRA and its esteemed members, marked by significant events and focused priorities.

One of our paramount concerns, the Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation (PPWR) proposal, remains central to our efforts. Throughout the winter, our EXPRA PPWR Task Force has conducted two productive virtual meetings, strategizing on recent developments and formulating an action plan for the trilogue negotiations. Our members have diligently reviewed proposals from both the Parliament and the Council, arriving at initial agreements on which proposals to endorse. Notably, collaborative efforts with other stakeholders have been initiated, including the formulation of a joint position on the term “state-run PROs” alongside key industry organizations and companies across the value chain. You can access the detailed paper in the newsletter’s content section.

In response to the European Parliament’s proposed amendments to the PPWR proposal, which includes a mandatory target of 90% for separate collection of all packaging materials, EXPRA has developed a comprehensive position paper titled “Mandatory Separate Collection Targets: A Critical Examination in Advancing Circular Economy.” This paper, available in the newsletter, represents a collaborative effort supported by various PROs and has been shared with key figures involved in the trilogue negotiations.

We are currently navigating a crucial period as the revision of the Waste Framework Directive progresses, accompanied by several proposed amendments from MEPs and other regulatory developments including those concerning Mass Balance, Chemical Recycling, and the Eco-design for Sustainable Products Regulation (ESPR).

Despite engaging in 12 technical meetings and one political meeting on February 5th, negotiations surrounding packaging restrictions and reuse targets within the PPWR proposal have encountered significant challenges. Numerous key topics within the PPWR still await consensus among the three institutions, raising concerns regarding the possibility of reaching a political agreement before the upcoming EU elections. The final political trilogue scheduled for March 4th will be pivotal in determining the potential for consensus. Technical discussions will continue with biweekly meetings leading up to March 4th, including a discussion by the Council’s Working Party on Environment scheduled for Monday, February 19th.

We trust you will find the newsletter content engaging, particularly with updates from our EXPRA members. Additionally, we are pleased to remind you of our upcoming events, notably the Packaging Waste and Sustainability Forum 2024, taking place from March 19th to March 21st in Brussels, Belgium. Esteemed speakers including EXPRA Managing Director, Joachim Quoden; Maja Desgrees du Lou, Policy Officer for the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive at the European Commission; Hendrik Bruns, Policy Analyst at the JRC Joint Research Centre of the European Commission; and Francis Huysman, Managing Director at Valipac, will be featured. As an EXPRA member, you can enjoy a 35% discount on registration.

Furthermore, we are thrilled to announce our upcoming seminar organized by EXPRA, Valipac, and EPRO titled “EPR Schemes for Commercial and Industrial Packaging: The Future Has Begun!” on April 24th, 2024, followed by the EXPRA General Assembly the next day at The Thon Bristol near the Louise district.

As ever, we remain steadfast in our commitment to advancing sustainability and circular economy goals, and we anticipate continued collaboration and achievements in the coming semester.

We extend our warmest regards and wish you an enlightening and enjoyable read of the newsletter.

Warmest regards,

Your EXPRA Team
Joachim, Monika & Valeria