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News 12 Jul 2021
12 Jul 2021

The Single Market is the engine of EU’s economy and must be preserved

"The Single Market is really the engine of the European Economy. It sets the base of what Europe was all about when the project started, taking down these barriers". EUROPEN's Managing Director Fra...
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News 12 Jul 2021
12 Jul 2021

Harmonised implementation of the SUPD: key to preserve the Single Market

Since its introduction in May 2018, the Single Use Plastics Directive (SUPD) has put the production and use of single use items in a different perspective, accelerating the development of circular pr...
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News 12 Jul 2021
12 Jul 2021

Food For Thought

In September 2021, the UN Secretary-General will convene the very first global Food Systems Summit. Ahead of this big premiere, a Pre-Summit will take place from 26 to 28 July in Rome. The Pre-...
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News 12 Jul 2021
12 Jul 2021

Review of the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive, what’s new?

The review of the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive (PPWD) is no small feat, and the timeline is getting tighter. When time is pressed, rushed decisions are made - a point raised regularly by th...
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News 12 Jul 2021
12 Jul 2021

The review of the Waste Framework Directive is around the corner

While the review of the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive has already started, another important milestone is around the corner: the review of the Waste Framework Directive (WFD), due i...
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News 12 Jul 2021
12 Jul 2021

Sustainability aspects specific to packaging must be exclusively governed by the PPWD

Announced in the New Circular Economy Action Plan presented in March 2020, the Sustainable Products Initiative (SPI) aims to make products fit for a climate neutral, resource efficient and circular...
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News 24 Jun 2021
24 Jun 2021

The packaging industry and consumer product manufacturers calling for an EU approach to packaging waste labelling

The packaging industry and consumer product manufacturers fully endorse the need for relevant and consistent information to consumers on how to properly dispose of both the products and their packagin...
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News 27 Apr 2021
27 Apr 2021

European Commission kicks-off work on its Sustainable Products Initiative. What’s at stake for the packaging sector?

In its New Circular Economy Action Plan presented in March 2020, the European Commission announced its intention to launch a sustainable product policy initiative to make products fit for a climate ne...
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News 27 Apr 2021
27 Apr 2021

The successful roll-out of the Circular Economy Action Plan needs a strong EU Single Market

The Green Deal and the new Circular Economy Action Plan intend to create the conditions for the EU industry to lead the transformation towards a sustainable economy, by stimulating the development of...
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News 27 Apr 2021
27 Apr 2021

Fresh and out-of-the-box: Meet our guests from across the packaging value chain

Interview Hans van Bochove, Chair of EUROPEN and Vice-President of Public Affairs and Government Relations at Coca-Cola European Partners Hans, you have recently been re-confirmed in your role as C...
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News 27 Apr 2021
27 Apr 2021

No rest for the EU Single Market – France’s Green Dot case

The integrity of the Single Market for packaging and packaged goods is more and more threatened by divergent national measures being implemented across EU Member States. This trend of national provisi...
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News 27 Apr 2021
27 Apr 2021

A proposal for a revised Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive by the end of the year?

The review of the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive (PPWD) will be a major milestone this year. This revision represents a key opportunity to further scale up the circularity of the EU economy....
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News 27 Apr 2021
27 Apr 2021

Packaging is an essential component of the EU food supply chain

Ensuring access to safe and sustainable food for all is high on the global agenda, but also on ours! This year, in a bid to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and promote sufficient quanti...
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News 20 Apr 2021
20 Apr 2021

EUROPEN elects its new Executive Committee

On 25 March 2021, on the occasion of its bi-annual Council of Members, EUROPEN held the elections of its Executive Committee. The members elected as part of the EUROPEN Executive Committee 2021-202...
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News 16 Apr 2021
16 Apr 2021

Packaging value chain calls on the European Commission to dedicate appropriate time and resources to review of the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive

The review of the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive (PPWD) represents a key opportunity to accelerate and further scale up the circularity of the EU economy. Today, EUROPEN, together with 59...
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Press Release 17 Sep 2020
17 Sep 2020

Packaging value chain calls on EU to protect the Single Market to deliver on the Green Deal and circular economy

Following the commitment by European Commission President von der Leyen to deliver on the Single Market in her State of the Union address, the packaging value chain calls upon the EU institutions to l...
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News 27 Aug 2020
27 Aug 2020

EUROPEN’s feedback on substantiating green claims

As announced as part of the European Green Deal and the new Circular Economy Action Plan, the European Commission has presented its initiative for a legislative proposal on substantiating Green Claims...
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News 29 Jul 2020
29 Jul 2020

Review of the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive

July 2020 - EUROPEN feedback on the Inception Impact Assessment Following-up on the objectives of the European Green Deal, the European Commission has presented its initiative to review the Packag...
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News 11 May 2020
11 May 2020

New leadership for EUROPEN

Brussels, 11 May 2020 - EUROPEN, the European Organization for Packaging and Environment, is pleased to announce the appointment of Francesca Stevens as Managing Director per 1 June 2020. Ms. Stevens...
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News 23 Mar 2020
23 Mar 2020

Packaging needs to be recognised by EU and national governments as an essential part of the continued flow of goods during the COVID-19 pandemic

Brussels, 20 March 2020 - The members of EUROPEN, the European Organisation for Packaging and the Environment, are doing their utmost to maintain the necessary supply of food and hygiene products as...
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Press Release 13 Mar 2020
13 Mar 2020

EUROPEN welcomes the future, growth and innovation-oriented Circular Economy Action Plan 2.0

Brussels, 13 March 2020- EUROPEN welcomes the publication of the European Commission’s Circular Economy Action Plan 2.0, which is an important follow-up measure to the Circular Economy Package of 2...
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Press Release 20 Sep 2019
20 Sep 2019

EUROPEN co-signs the Circular Plastics Alliance Declaration with shared goal to increase the uptake of recycled plastics in Europe

Brussels, 20 September 2019 - EUROPEN – the European Organization for Packaging and the Environment- is pleased to sign today the Declaration of the Circular Plastics Alliance (CPA) at the European...
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Press Release 27 Mar 2019
27 Mar 2019

Adoption of the Single-Use Plastics Directive: EUROPEN calls for harmonised, consistent and proportionate implementation

Brussels, 27 March 2019 – Noting the adoption of the Single-Use Plastics (SUP) Directive by the European Parliament today, EUROPEN supports the EU’s overarching objectives of taking bold action a...
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Press Release 05 Feb 2019
05 Feb 2019

Packaging Supply Chain joins alliance to ensure necessary framework conditions for circular plastics

Brussels, 5 February 2019 – On the occasion of the first meeting of the European Commission’s high-level Circular Plastics Alliance, which aims to improve the economics and quality of plastics re...
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Press Release 16 Nov 2018
16 Nov 2018

73 packaging value chain organisations call on EU to safeguard the Single Market in Single-Use Plastics negotiations

Brussels, 16 November 2018 – EUROPEN and 72 other associations representing a wide range of packaging materials and sectors across the packaging value chain call on the European Institutions to...
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News 16 Nov 2018
16 Nov 2018

Single Use Plastics Directive- 73 national and EU industries call on EU to safeguard the Internal Market for packaging and packaged goods in view of trilogues

The undersigned organisations  represent interests in a wide range of packaging materials, including plastics, and sectors at different stages of the packaging value chain in Europe. Building on ea...
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Press Release 24 Oct 2018
24 Oct 2018

EUROPEN comments on today’s European Parliament vote on Single Use Plastics

Brussels, 24 October 2018 – Today the European Parliament adopted its report on single-use plastics (SUP). EUROPEN supports measures that address the problem of plastic pollution effectively, tha...
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Press Release 11 Oct 2018
11 Oct 2018

EUROPEN – Statement on the ENVI vote on single-use plastics

Brussels, 11 October 2018 – Yesterday the European Parliament’s Environment Committee voted on single-use plastics. EUROPEN supports policy objectives that address the problem of plastic pollution...
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Press Release 22 Aug 2018
22 Aug 2018

Packaging value chain coalition of 68 industry associations launches joint recommendations ahead of negotiations on the Single-Use Plastics proposal

Brussels, 22 August 2018 – EUROPEN and 67 other European and national associations  representing a wide range of packaging materials and sectors across the packaging value chain, have announced...
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News 22 Aug 2018
22 Aug 2018

Joint Statement from 68 Packaging Value Chain associations on the Single-Use Plastics Proposal

The undersigned organisations represent a wide range of packaging materials, including plastics, and sectors at different stages of the packaging value chain in Europe. We wish to express our rese...
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Press Release 25 Apr 2018
25 Apr 2018

Packaging industry leaders reaffirm commitment to packaging innovation for a circular economy at EUROPEN’s 25th anniversary

Brussels, 25 April 2018 – Celebrating its 25th anniversary today, EUROPEN gathered high-level EU policy-makers, industry leaders and stakeholders to discuss the key role of packaging innovation fo...
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Press Release 18 Apr 2018
18 Apr 2018

EUROPEN welcomes strengthened legal framework for EPR and strong Internal Market safeguards in the adopted Circular Economy Package

Brussels, 18 April 2018 – EUROPEN welcomes today’s adoption by the European Parliament of the revised EU waste legislations, as part of the Circular Economy Package. EUROPEN commends EU negotiato...
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News 07 Feb 2018
07 Feb 2018

Circular economy? Not without the Internal Market!

Without oversight, the implementation of the circular economy package entails a huge risk of Member States going into different directions and introducing barriers to the internal market, warns Virgin...
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Press Release 16 Jan 2018
16 Jan 2018

EUROPEN welcomes EU Plastics Strategy’s call for strengthened and harmonised packaging waste management systems in Europe

Brussels, 16 January 2018 – EUROPEN welcomes the EU’s Plastics Strategy as an important contribution towards achieving the objectives of a Circular Economy and tackling (marine) littering. EUROPE...
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Press Release 18 Oct 2017
18 Oct 2017

127 industry organisations urge the EU to safeguard the Internal Market for packaging and packaged goods

Brussels, 18 October 2017 – In view of the forthcoming inter-institutional negotiations to finalise the revision of the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive (PPWD), as part of the Circular Econo...
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News 18 Oct 2017
18 Oct 2017

129 National and EU industries call to safeguard the Internal Market for Packaging and Packaged Goods in the Circular Economy Package

The signatories of this statement call on the European Parliament, Council and Commission to maintain the Internal Market legal base of the PPWD and all its amending acts, including the current pr...
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Press Release 29 May 2017
29 May 2017

Unprecedented coalition of EU and national industries warn the Single Market for goods still needs to be defended: do not take it for granted!

Brussels, 29 May 2017 – On the eve of the start of inter-institutional negotiations on the EU Circular Economy Package, EUROPEN and 68 other EU and national industry associations, representing a...
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Press Release 15 Mar 2017
15 Mar 2017

36 packaging value chain industry associations launch joint recommendations ahead of negotiations on the EU CEP

Brussels, 15 March 2017 – Following the European Parliament’s plenary vote on legislative proposals amending the Waste Framework Directive (WFD) and Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive (PPWD)...
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News 15 Mar 2017
15 Mar 2017

36 packaging value chain industry associations launch joint recommendations ahead of inter-institutional negotiations on the EU CEP

Following the European Parliament’s plenary vote, EUROPEN and 35 packaging value chain associations herewith present common recommendations for the Waste Framework Directive (WFD) and Packaging...
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Press Release 24 Jan 2017
24 Jan 2017

EUROPEN welcomes improvements to EPR requirements and safeguard of the Internal Market

Brussels, 24 January 2017 - Following today’s vote in the European Parliament ENVI Committee on the revision of the Waste Framework Directive (WFD) and Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive (PPWD...
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Press Release 30 Aug 2016
30 Aug 2016

38 Packaging Value Chain Industry Associations launch joint recommendations for a resource-efficient Circular Economy

Brussels, 30 August 2016 – EUROPEN and 37 other associations* representing a wide range of sectors including major consumer goods brands, packaging producers, material producers and extended produc...
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News 30 Aug 2016
30 Aug 2016

Joint Statement from 38 Packaging Value Chain associations on the legislative review amending the WFD and PPWD

Key Messages Ensure a life-cycle approach in legislation, taking into account the functionalities of packaging, such as preserving the entirety of resources invested in the packaged product along...
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Press Release 24 May 2016
24 May 2016

EUROPEN calls for clear EPR legal framework and strong Internal Market safeguard in Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive

BRUSSELS, 24 May 2016 – Speaking at a multi-stakeholder event on the Circular Economy Package (CEP) today, EUROPEN called on EU policymakers to secure a strong legal framework for Extended Producer...
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Press Release 02 Mar 2016
02 Mar 2016

Packaging supply chain calls for strengthened protection of the Internal Market in waste proposals

Brussels, 2 March 2016 – Ahead of Friday’s EU Environment ministerial debate on the Circular Economy Package and its waste proposals, the packaging supply chain is calling on EU policymakers to e...
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News 02 Mar 2016
02 Mar 2016

EUROPEN’s policy recommendations to maximise the benefits of a Circular Economy in Europe

EUROPEN supports the growth and competitiveness objectives of the Circular Economy and much of the content of the legislative proposals. We have however identified some regulatory gaps in the Commissi...
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News 23 Feb 2016
23 Feb 2016

Circular Economy: EUROPEN recommendations on the EU legislative proposals for the PPWD and WFD

EUROPEN supports the objectives of the Circular Economy package and much of the content of the legislative proposals, which have important implications for the sustainable growth and competitiveness o...
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News 25 Jan 2016
25 Jan 2016

The Circular Economy Package: the distinct case of packaging & packaging waste within the wider EU waste policy framework

The Circular Economy Package promises to be an important driver for sustainable growth and competitiveness for the packaging supply chain in Europe. From a policy perspective, relevant harmonisati...
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Press Release 18 Jan 2016
18 Jan 2016

EUROPEN appoints Gwendoline Riou as its EU Public Affairs and Communications Manager

Brussels, 18 January 2016 – Today, EUROPEN - the European Organization for Packaging and the Environment - announced the appointment of Ms Gwendoline Riou as its EU Public Affairs and Communication...
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Press Release 10 Dec 2015
10 Dec 2015

Packaging supply chain welcomes the Circular Economy Package and presents its preliminary views on the WFD and PPWD legislative proposals

Brussels, 10 December 2015 – EUROPEN calls the Circular Economy Package and Commission proposals “an important step towards further sustainable growth and competitiveness” for the packaging supp...
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Press Release 02 Dec 2015
02 Dec 2015

EUROPEN welcomes the European Commission’s holistic approach towards a competitive and resource efficient Circular Economy

Brussels, 2 December 2015 – Today the Commission published its Circular Economy package. EUROPEN is pleased that the proposal recognises the enabling contribution packaging makes in a Circular Econ...
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News 26 Nov 2015
26 Nov 2015

A well functioning EU Internal Market is a precondition for a competitive, resource-efficient and growth-oriented Circular Economy

How to move away from linear production and consumption to a circular economy? To an economic model where there is virtually no waste but more secondary raw materials that can be re-injected in a Euro...
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Press Release 27 Oct 2015
27 Oct 2015

Circular Economy: Major industries call for common EU minimum requirements for Extended Producer Responsibility schemes in Europe

Common waste stream views on EPR in Europe Brussels, 27 October 2015 – Major manufacturing industry sectors in Europe that fall under the legal obligations of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR...
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Press Release 12 Sep 2015
12 Sep 2015

Packaging Value Chain Industries launch joint recommendations for a resource-efficient Circular Economy

Brussels, 21 September 2015 – EUROPEN and 29 other associations* representing a large range of industries and sectors including major consumer goods brands, packaging producers, material producers...
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News 27 Aug 2015
27 Aug 2015

Enabling a competitive and resource-efficient Circular Economy

The EU institutions have promised ambitious policy goals towards a Circular Economy in Europe. The related policy review aims to set an enabling EU policy framework while not being too prescriptive re...
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Press Release 09 Jul 2015
09 Jul 2015

European Parliament’s call for stronger regulatory framework for EPR and a lifecycle approach

EUROPEN welcomes European Parliament’s call for stronger regulatory framework for EPR and a lifecycle approach Brussels, 9 July 2015 – The packaging supply chain in Europe welcomes the adoption...
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News 29 Jun 2015
29 Jun 2015

Towards a competitive, resource-efficient and growth-oriented Circular Economy

The role of packaging and a call to safeguard its sectoral regulatory approach It is very encouraging to read that a life-cycle approach is explicitly supported in MEP Sirpa Pietikäinen’s draft re...
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Press Release 23 Apr 2015
23 Apr 2015

Policy debate on Circular Economy and Packaging – The role of EPR

Circular Economy: European Parliament urged to support strengthened EU legal framework for Extended Producer Responsibility for packaging Brussels, 23 April 2015 – In the context of the European P...
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News 13 Apr 2015
13 Apr 2015

EUROPEN Policy Recommendations for the EU’s Circular Economy Package

April 2015 – EUROPEN policy recommendations for a competitive, resource-efficient and growth-oriented Circular Economy. Ensure full implementation and enforcement of existing EU laws, in part...
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News 22 Jan 2015
22 Jan 2015

EP ENVI Committee Hearing on the Waste Legislative Package

EUROPEN spoke as a key industry stakeholder at the Public Hearing on the EU Waste Legislative Package organised by the European Parliament (EP)’s Committee for Environment. The presentation provi...
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News 20 Jan 2015
20 Jan 2015

Factsheet on Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) for used packaging

The EU Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive (PPWD) provides a longstanding and successful legislative framework, enabling continuous innovation and environmental improvements, sustainable growth an...
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Press Release 16 Dec 2014
16 Dec 2014

Packaging supply chain calls on Commission to introduce new Circular Economy proposal without delay

On the occasion of the Commission’s announcement of its Work Programme for 2015 today, EUROPEN, representing the packaging supply chain in Europe, notes the withdrawal of the Circular Economy packag...
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News 12 Dec 2014
12 Dec 2014

Joint Statement by Packaging Value Chain Industries on the EU Waste Package

In view of the presentation of the European Commission’s work programme 2015 on 16 December 2014, a coalition of industries active in the packaging value chain has sent a joint statement on the EU W...
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News 04 Dec 2014
04 Dec 2014

EUROPEN issue paper on the EU Waste Targets Review

In July 2014, the European Commission published a proposal to revise recycling and other waste-related targets in the EU, including in the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive (PPWD). The aim of th...
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Press Release 27 Oct 2014
27 Oct 2014

Packaging supply chain calls for circular economy that promotes sustainable growth and competitiveness

EUROPEN Statement ahead of the Environment Council meeting on 28 October 2014 Brussels, 27 October 2014 – Ahead of the Environment Council meeting tomorrow in Luxembourg, packaging material prod...
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Press Release 03 Jul 2014
03 Jul 2014

EUROPEN welcomes promotion of circular economy while safeguarding the internal market in EU waste proposals

Packaging supply chain welcomes acknowledgment of the internal market, regrets lack of clarity on roles and responsibilities for Extended Producer Responsibility and unjustified cost burden on produce...
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News 28 Apr 2014
28 Apr 2014

Time to foster packaging’s contribution towards a resource efficient Europe

BRUSSELS - Packaging is part of the solution for overall sustainability. Across the packaging supply chain efforts will continue to deliver resource efficiency, promoting the transition towards a circ...
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Press Release 18 Feb 2014
18 Feb 2014

NEW Packaging & Packaging Waste Statistics 1998-2011

Positive evolution in packaging recycling rates but realistic future targets still key, shows latest EUROPEN report 18 February 2014 – EUROPEN’s new in-depth analysis of official EU data on the...
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Press Release 25 Oct 2013
25 Oct 2013

Realistic EU targets key to continued progress in packaging recycling and recovery,new EU data shows

Realistic EU targets key to continued progress in packaging recycling and recovery, new EU data shows 23 October 2013, Brussels – The overall recycling rate in the EU-27 increased slightly to 63,6...
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Press Release 09 Oct 2013
09 Oct 2013

EUROPEN 20th Anniversary Event – Packaging and Sustainability

“Packaging’s direct positive effect on resource efficiency” Calls for increased collection of post-consumer packaging to help meet current and future recycling and recovery targets through EPR...
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News 07 Oct 2013
07 Oct 2013

EUROPEN – Fostering packaging’s contribution to delivering Resource Efficiency in Europe

On 7 October 2013, the Parliament Magazine published a Guide to the National Governments that includes a full-page editorial presenting EUROPEN. This article highlights EUROPEN members’ commitment t...
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Press Release 21 Jan 2013
21 Jan 2013

Packaging Waste Management is Increasingly Resource Efficient – EU Data Shows

A EUROPEN analysis of official EU data on packaging waste shows that over the past twelve years the amount of used packaging sent for final disposal is declining rapidly. “Higher recovery rates and...
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News 18 Sep 2012
18 Sep 2012

EUROPACK Summit

european paper week 2007 John Swift spoke at the EUROPACK Summit in Cannes on 17th September, and gave the keynote address on the topic of sustainability and the packaging supply chain. His key me...
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Press Release 21 May 2012
21 May 2012

Packaging and the Environment – A New Guide to European Legislation

EUROPEN announces a totally revised edition of its indispensable guide to European legislation affecting packaging and packaged goods. The guide takes account of relevant EU policy developments and vo...
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Press Release 30 Jun 2010
30 Jun 2010

The Consumer Goods Forum initiative releases global framework measurement system for trading partners

The Consumer Goods Forum is delighted to release the first report from its Sustainability workstream. The report, A Global Language for Packaging and Sustainability, delivers a common framework and me...
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Press Release 01 Feb 2010
01 Feb 2010

New Staff Appointment at EUROPEN

Brussels, 1 February 2010. EUROPEN, The European Organization for Packaging and the Environment, is pleased to announce the appointment of Virginia Janssens as EU Affairs Manager. In this capacity Vir...
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Press Release 27 Jan 2010
27 Jan 2010

Global project on packaging and sustainability enters pilot phase

In an ongoing effort to drive global change in packaging, leaders from many of the world’s largest consumer goods companies and major retailers have approved a suggested set of common definitions an...
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