Various papers and communications regarding EU policy that are relevant to our industry. The information comes from a variety of sources including the European Commission, CITPA – who represent the interests of the European Paper and Board converting industry (Pro Carton are Associate Members) and Cepi – the Confederation of European Paper Industries.

ECMA statement – German Ink Ordinance

ECMA fully supports all efforts to improve the safety of food packaging, but is not in favour of a patchwork of national food safety legislation.

The European pulp and paper industry presents its contribution to the Three Billion Trees Initiative

The European pulp and paper industry fully supports the European Commission's initiative to plant three billion additional trees in the EU by 2030.

Six trade associations announce the new Fibre Packaging Europe coalition

Pro Carton is a founding member of the informal coalition which has a mission to provide renewable, circular and sustainable paper and board packaging solutions to help achieve the objectives of the European Green Deal.

Cepi voices appreciation for the European Commission’s efforts to address record-high energy prices in Europe

Cepi reiterates that access to affordable clean energy is a prerequisite for globally competitive European forest-based industries.

EU suggest further workshop on PPWD

In a response to a letter sent from Europen (the European Organisation for Packaging and the Environment), the Commission indicate that a further workshop on the PPWD (Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive) may be held in November which is likely to delay the implementation of the directive beyond the end of this year.

NGOs to refuse invitations to speak at fossil-fuel sponsored media events

An open letter has been sent to the editors of EURACTIV, The Financial Times, and POLITICO Europe.

The European Commission’s political leadership

This updated graphic from EC Europa details the College of Commissioners from 27 EU countries from 2019 – 2024.

PPWD Feedback

CITPA, with the support of Pro Carton, provided feedback to the Eunomia (the EU’s consultants) workshops on the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive review.

Update on EU Policy Issues – CITPA

CITPA (Pro Carton are Associate members) have updated their summary of the key EU policy issues that they are following. 

“Fit for 55”

The European Commission published the “Fit for 55” legislative package on 14 July and the EU Forest Strategy on 16 July.

EU draft – Placing on the market

The European Commission has published a draft document containing explanations concerning the concept of “placing on the market” following a Commission meeting that was held in June.

Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) Issues

Pro Carton, FEFCO and Eurosac, through the auspices of CITPA, commissioned RISE to evaluate the PEFCR.  The aim of the work was to identify and report on challenges presented when applying the PEFCR, and to make recommendations for improving (or clarifying) the PEFCR in the future.