Industry calls on the Commission to dedicate appropriate time and resources to review the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive

A.I.S.E. and 34 other associations representing the packaging value chain have voiced their concerns to the European Commission regarding the timing and resources allocated to the review of the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive.

The associations fully support the objectives of the new Circular Economy Action Plan and believe that the upcoming revision of the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive represents a key opportunity to accelerate and further scale up the circularity of the EU economy. The complexity of the measures requires a thorough and evidence-based impact assessment. This must be supported by a regular dialogue and effective consultations with all relevant stakeholders.

In the letter, the associations express their concern that the limited number of planned stakeholder workshops and the indicative timeline would result in rushed decision-making processes, which tend to result in insufficiently defined regulatory measures requiring further clarification through additional provisions. These are often delayed well-beyond the official deadlines set to ensure their timely and harmonised transposition across the EU.

Given the breadth and complexity of the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive review, and the numerous legislative files being reviewed in relation to the Circular Economy Action Plan, it is essential to foresee sufficient time and resources, as recently voiced by the European Parliament in its Resolution on the New Circular Economy Action Plan.