The role of the EPR CLUB within the European Commission proposal for setting up a platform of exchange
SUEZ hosted an EPR Club lunch debate on 26 April 2016 on the proposal from the European Commission in the Circular Economy Package to establish a exchange platform on EPR: “The Commission shall organise an exchange of information between Member States and the actors involved in producer responsibility schemes on the practical implementation of the requirements defined in Article 8a and on best practices to ensure adequate governance and cross-border cooperation of extended producer responsibility schemes“.
Many different EPR systems and legislations are in place in the EU28 Member States, having various environmental, economic or organisational performances. However, several problems have been identified, leading to detrimental impacts on the stakeholders: citizens, authorities, producers, or waste operators. Better knowledge should be shared and a EPR reference center should probably be set up.
How should this European exchange of information on EPR be organised? Which basic rules should be put in place? Which role for the EPR Club? How will the following aspects be insured: transparency, objectivity, appropriate technical knowledge, full European geographical coverage, full waste streams coverage, neutrality, financing of the necessary works, dissemination of information?
Key speakers of this lunch debate included representatives from the European Commission, IKEA, EUROPEN / Coca-Cola Company, SUEZ, EEB and the European Parliament. Members of the EPR Club further enriched the fuitful debate that followed.
- Participant List
- Silvija Aile: DG ENV
- Katarina Maaskant: IKEA
- Virginia Janssens: EUROPEN
- Yves Decelle: SUEZ
- Stéphane Arditi: EEB
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