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Associations say SUPD guidelines create complexity and uncertainty in the implementation process

19 Jul 2021 − 

Eleven European associations from different packaging sectors have criticized the EU Commission's guidelines on the Single-Use Plastics Directive (SUPD) in a joint letter.

In the position paper published by the European plastics association PlasticsEurope the signatories regret that the guidelines do not provide the urgently needed clarification that the market has repeatedly demanded.

According to the associations, the Single-Use Plastics Directive risks fragmenting the single market during its implementation and the guidelines could have helped counteract this development. The lack of consideration of the EU's single market for single-use plastic products, packaging and, by extension, packaged products, raises serious concerns, the letter states.

The signatories are also concerned about the extension of the scope of the guidelines, which in their view go beyond what the legislator had envisaged when the text of the law was passed. Instead of providing clear rules, the guidelines created more complexity and uncertainty in the implementation process. It remains unclear in many places what exactly constitutes a single-use plastic product within the meaning of the SUPD.

⇒ This is an excerpt from a more comprehensive article published in EUWID Packaging Markets 14/2021

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