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 recycling in Europe, EUROPEN calls on all stakeholders, including EU and national policymakers, to ensure that certain framework conditions are put in place.
EUROPEN welcomes the establishment of this Circular Plastics Alliance and looks forward to constructively and actively contributing to the platform. EUROPEN has been supportive of the European Commission’s Pledging campaign as part of its EU Plastics Strategy, from the start. Many members of EUROPEN have individually responded to the call, submitting ambitious commitments on recycled content for plastic packaging where possible, showcasing continuous environmental improvement along the packaging supply chain.
Collaboration along the supply chain and policy coherence are key factors for the success of this Alliance, because the ability of companies to boost the uptake of recycled content in their products will be influenced by several necessary pre-conditions. In particular:
Hans Van Bochove, Coca-Cola European Partners and EUROPEN Chairman, representing EUROPEN in the Alliance: “The pledges by companies in the packaging supply chain show that we are ready to do our part. Now, it is essential that we have an open dialogue with all parties to clarify how the necessary conditions for these pledges to be achieved can be taken forward by all actors.”