Directive 94/62/EC on packaging and packaging waste covers all packaging waste regardless of the material used, and is intended to reduce the volume of waste and encourage sustainable growth. The Directive sets criteria for defining packaging and packaging waste that Member States are required to translate into their national legislation. The definition is important as it determines the scope of application of the Directive. The Commission has identified a number of shortcomings in Malta's transposition of the Directive, including a provision which suggests that the Maltese legislation only applies to products directly placed on the Maltese market, thus excluding products initially placed on the market in other Member States and then brought to Malta. As a result, not all packaging waste would be properly treated according to the Directive's requirements for re-use, recovery and collection.
The Commission sent a letter of formal notice about the matter on 14 March 2011. In the absence of any proof that the shortcomings have been rectified, a reasoned opinion is now being sent.
The packaging Directive aims to prevent and reduce packaging and packaging waste. It requires Member States to prevent the formation of packaging waste, to ensure that the weight and volume of packaging placed on the market is limited to the minimum, and to develop packaging reuse systems reducing their impact on the environment. It also introduces recovery and recycling targets for glass, paper, cardboard, metal, plastics and wood packaging that were to be met by Malta by 2008. It covers all packaging throughout the production and consumption chain. Infringement proceedings against Poland are also at the reasoned opinion stage for this directive (see IP/11/1275).
For current statistics on infringements in general:
See also: MEMO/12/464
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