The EU’s environment ministers reached a political agreeement on the review of the packaging and packaging waste directive during their Council meeting of 17 October. The Council’s position postpones the date for complying with stricter recovery and recycling targets to 31 December 2008.
The Council’s agreement sets lower recycling targets than the
ones demanded by the European Parliament (55 per cent minimum and
80 per cent maximum – the EP wanted 65 per cent minimum). The
ministers also want these targets to be met three years later than
what the MEPs wished for (31 December 2008 instead of end 2005).
Further elements of the political agreement:
- Greece, Ireland and Portugal get an extra four years to achieve
the recycling and recovery targets;
- a maximum target of 80 per cent for recycling of packaging
waste and no maximum target for recovery;
- minimum targets for the recycling of specific materials: 60 per
cent for glass, 60 per cent for paper and board, 50 per cent for
metals, 22.5 per cent for plastics and 15 per cent for wood;
- the Commission to report by the end of June 2005 on the
progress of the implementation.