EUROPEN urges the European Commission to ensure proper implementation of the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive (94/32/EC), in accordance with the EC Treaty.
Our organization maintains that Member States should not create unjustified barriers to trade and distort competition by:
It is not possible to force a sustainable shift in market demand (such as preference for refillables) through legislation. Consumers determine market trends more strongly than legislation. Further, when designing legislation, account needs to be taken of the economic interests of economic operators, including consumers.