Citizens’ organisations attack CEN packaging standards

The EEB and ANEC strongly criticised the recently drafted CEN standards for packaging and the packaging waste directive.

Environmental organisation EEB and consumer association ANEC
strongly criticised the recently drafted CEN standards for
packaging and the packaging waste directive. According to the two
organisations, the European Committee for Standardisation (CEN) has
bypassed the essential requirements for defining standards for
environmentally friendly packaging materials.

The five proposed standards were drafted up by CEN in response
to a mandate by the European Commission and are intended to
complement the 1994 European Packaging Directive.

EEB and ANEC urge the Commission not to accept the proposed CEN
standards as this would set a negative precedent for any future
mandated work in the field of environmental requirements in product
standards. This would undermine the credibility of EU environmental
policy.

Last week, the CEN draft standards were also heavily attacked by
the waste management unit of the Commission's own DG Environment.
The Commission has 6 months (starting from end of September) to
deliver its verdict on the proposed standards.

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