Last 15th of May, our Regulatory and Public Affairs Manager at EXPRA, Monika Romenska, had the privilege to speak on the first panel, “A Closer Look at the Implementation of PPWR” at the event organized by Citeo in partnership with The Parliament and PROsPA in Brussels, focusing on advancing the circular economy.

Monika Romenska joined a distinguished panel that included Maria Nikolopoulou, Vice-President for Agriculture, Rural Development and the Environment at EESC, Nicholas Hodac, Director General of UNESDA, and Aline Maigret, Head of Policy at Zero Waste Europe. The panel delved into the key issues stemming from the provisional agreement on the Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation (PPWR), emphasizing the implementation challenges that will significantly change the industry’s operations in the coming years.

During the discussion, the panelists highlighted the crucial role of vigilant monitoring and robust support to ensure the success of the PPWR. They discussed the substantial number of sub-legislative acts required to clarify new targets for reduction and reuse, considering the limited resources available within the Commission and relevant agencies. The importance of harmonization, infrastructure, and investments for effective legislation implementation was also emphasized.

The event continued with a second panel titled “Outlook for the Next European Mandate,” which took a forward-looking approach. This session featured Lucie Rousselle, a candidate for the European elections from Belgium, Ursula Denison from Grüne Punkt – Duales System Deutschland GmbH, Luis Planas Herrera, Policy Assistant to the Director General for Environment (DG ENV), EC, Antoine Oger, Research Director at the Institute for European Environmental Policy, and Federica Dolce, Environmental Affairs Manager at Food Drink Europe. They discussed future policies that the next European Parliament should prioritize to enhance circularity in the EU economy, the tools stakeholders need to advance the circular economy, and how the circular economy can play a larger role in other European policies, such as industrial and trade policy.

The collective insights shared during the event underscored the importance of collaboration and innovation in driving sustainable practices and advancing the circular economy.