On April 25, EXPRA held its annual general assembly in person, bringing together almost all EXPRA members with very few exceptions. The assembly covered a range of crucial topics, emphasizing the industry’s advancements, future plans, and the latest developments of the Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation (PPWR).

Indeed, a significant focus of the meeting was the (almost) final version of the Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation (PPWR) following recent legal updates from the Parliament’s legal services. This has resulted in some changes to article numbers and slight modifications. The current efforts have shifted from lobbying to analyzing the likely outcomes and preparing for the delegated acts and stakeholder outreach on the impact.

EXPRA’s ongoing work includes the implementation of the Roadmap, concentrating on separate collection and a better understanding of reuse. 

EXPRA’s achievements and current activities were highly evaluated by the members. Regarding the PPWR, the timeline and key topics were discussed, along with the schedule for the sub-legislative acts that will be the focus of EXPRA’s efforts in the coming years. A particularly engaging presentation was given by Mrs Francesca Stevens from EUROPEN, who shared industry views and concerns regarding the PPWR. Key topics included substances in packaging, recyclability, recycled content, packaging minimization, reuse and refill, and labeling. Many of these positions and views are aligned with those of EXPRA, indicating a strong industry consensus on several key issues.

Overall, the assembly significantly enhanced our understanding of diverse approaches and represented a crucial step toward harmonizing EPR schemes for C&I packaging across Europe.

The adoption of the Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation on April 24th, coinciding with our seminar, strengthened the prospect of improved coordination among Member States in the near future, with EXPRA serving as ideal platforms for knowledge exchange.