News update: European Commission Proposal for the Revision of the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive

Europen, 30 November 2022

On 30 November, the European Commission published the second part of its Circular Economy package introducing, amongst others, its proposal for the revision of the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive (PPWD).

Forget about this acronym! One of the key elements introduced by the Commission proposal is a change in legal instrument, which would turn the current Directive into a Regulation, making PPWR the new must-know acronym for those meeting in Brussels’ and Strasbourg’s corridors.

While the move from a Directive to a Regulation would leave untouched the current internal market legal basis, thus increasing the potential for harmonisation across Member States, that also means most requirements would apply directly to economic operators.

A deep dive into the proposed text. The 12 Chapters and 65 Articles that compose the proposal include new essential requirements – the conditions that packaging must satisfy to be allowed on the Union market – and other provisions aimed at contributing to the efficient functioning of the internal market for packaged goods, while preventing or reducing the adverse impacts of packaging and packaging waste on the environment and on human health. More than 10 Annexes complement the core legal text and provide additional details regarding its concrete application.