European Parliament to start second reading on packaging

After the adoption of a common Council position on 6 March 2003, the draft directive on packaging and packaging waste is starting its second reading in the European Parliament.

The Council adopted its common position on 6 March. The
position adopted by the Council provides for:

  • 31 December 2008 as the general deadline for taking the
    measures needed to achieve the revised recovery and recycling
    targets, with an additional period of four years for Greece,
    Ireland and Portugal on account of their specific situation;
  • a maximum target of 80% for the recycling of packaging waste
    and no maximum target for recovery;
  • minimum targets for the recycling of specific materials
    contained in packaging waste: 60% for glass; 60% for paper and
    board; 50% for metals; 22,5% for plastics, counting exclusively
    material that is recycled back into plastics; 15% for wood.

The Commission has accepted the common position agreed by the
Council.

The Parliament will now start its second reading.

Dorette Corbey(PSE-Netherlands),
parliament’s rapporteur proposes to have the plenary vote in July.

 

Belgium and the Netherlands did not support the common
position which was adopted by a qualified majority. Both countries
wanted stricter targets and earlier deadlines.

From 3 to 6 March 2003, Dorette Corbey (PSE-Netherlands), the
parliament's rapporteur met with stakeholders to prepare the
Parliament's second reading. Most stakeholders welcome the
postponement of the deadline for compliance with the targets to
2008 and consider that the overall recycling and recovery target
are challenging but achievable.

 

The Commission proposed in December 2001 a limited review of
Council directive 94/62/EC on packaging and packaging waste. The
Commission's proposal is limited to a revision of the recycling and
recovery targets. The figures proposed by the Commission are 55 per
cent for recycling and 60-75 per cent for recovery.

In its first reading of the Commission's proposal on 3 September
2002 the Parliament asked for even stricter targets to be met by 31
December 2006. On 17 October 2002, the Environment Council reached
a political agreement setting lower recycling targets and targets
to be met three years later than what the MEPs wished for.

 

On 27 March 2003, the Commission organises a consultation
meeting to prepare a study on the evaluation of the implementation
of Directive 94/62/EC on Packaging and Packaging Waste and the
assessment of options to strengthen prevention and re-use of
packaging.

The Parliament is undertaking its second reading. Dorette Corbey
(PES-NL) suggests the following timetable:

  • 18-19 March 2003: Exchange of views in the Environment
    Committee
  • 27 March 2003: The Commission organises a consultation meeting
    to prepare a study on the evaluation of the implementation of
    Directive 94/62/EC on Packaging and Packaging Waste and the
    assessment of options to strengthen prevention and re-use of
    packaging.
  • 22-23 April 2003: Exchange of views in the Environment
    Committee
  • 28 April 2003: Deadline for amendments
  • 21-22 May 2003: Vote in the Environment Committee
  • 18-19 June or 30 June-3 July 2003: Vote in Plenary

 

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