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Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs
Consumer, Environmental and Health Technologies
MINUTES OF A MEETING
Subject: Flash report – 3rd informal meeting on Voluntary Commitment – Plastic
Location and time
: 08/01/18, GROW BREY – 14/23
), PlasticsEurope (
), PET Core Europe (
), VinylPlus (
), Polystyrene initiative (
DG GROW (
DG ENV (
GROW welcomed the participants and asks whether they have succeeded in transforming
the overall principles of voluntary commitments expressed by the various representatives
of the plastic value chain into a more concrete deliverable.
To put the works on voluntary commitments in a time perspective GROW indicated that
the Plastics Strategy will be likely adopted on 16th January as announced earlier.
A quick tour de table took place. It was noted that:
Plastics Europe wants to define targets for re-usability and recyclability for plastic
packaging (60% by 2030) and actual 100 % reuse, recycling or recovery by 2030 for
EuPC and PRE aims at presenting a separate voluntary commitment where the
targets for recycling are defined according per resin independently of the use.
COM representatives welcomed the almost agreed intentions expressed by the plastics
sector and explained that these two separate voluntary commitments should be seen as a
first step in the right direction where synergies between the two commitments should
build up over time and needs to be foster: again repeating what was said at the last
meeting, coherence and willingness to move towards the same goal is essential. GROW
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representatives indicated that the most important aspects are also transparency,
inclusivity, openness to concerned down-stream users. It is expected that feedback on
opportunities, needs for support on aspects hindering the objectives are exchanged in this
platform so that the whole value chain become sensitive to circularity objectives and help
the plastics strategy to realise the level of ambition to be set by the Commission.
The two groups indicated that they will ensure communication on their respective
commitments at the same time as the adoption of the Strategy will be announced.
Communication materials from Plastics Europe, EuPC and PRE will be exchanged with
COM representatives thanked the participants for their efforts and propose to discuss
further the commitments during and after the Circular Economy Stakeholders