11 May 2022

The packaging industry calls for one single circular economy

Fragmentation of the Single Market due to countries taking divergent measures is undermining the objectives of the European Green Deal and hampering EU industry’s aspiration to lead the transformation towards a more sustainable economy. Preserving the integrity of the Single Market is key to ensuring that packaging materials and packaged goods can move freely around the EU, thus avoiding negative impacts on consumers, companies, the environment and on the resilience of essential systems, such as the food and pharmaceutical sectors.

Today, 60 associations from the packaging value chain issued a joint letter to call on the European Commission to create one single circular economy, not 27 separate ones, underpinned by an integrated Single Market. Cooperation rather than unilateral and uncoordinated national action surely represents the best way forward.