Notification Detail

Draft law "Amendments to the Packaging Law"

Notification Number: 2018/388/LV (Latvia)
Date received: 30/07/2018
End of Standstill: 31/10/2018

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Message 002

Communication from the Commission - TRIS/(2018) 02120
Directive (EU) 2015/1535
Translation of the message 001
Notification: 2018/0388/LV

No abre el plazo - Nezahajuje odklady - Fristerne indledes ikke - Kein Fristbeginn - Viivituste perioodi ei avata - Καμμία έναρξη προθεσμίας - Does not open the delays - N'ouvre pas de délais - Non fa decorrere la mora - Neietekmē atlikšanu - Atidėjimai nepradedami - Nem nyitja meg a késéseket - Ma’ jiftaħx il-perijodi ta’ dawmien - Geen termijnbegin - Nie otwiera opóźnień - Não inicia o prazo - Neotvorí oneskorenia - Ne uvaja zamud - Määräaika ei ala tästä - Inleder ingen frist - Не се предвижда период на прекъсване - Nu deschide perioadele de stagnare - Nu deschide perioadele de stagnare.

(MSG: 201802120.EN)

1. Structured Information Line
MSG 002 IND 2018 0388 LV EN 30-07-2018 LV NOTIF


2. Member State
LV


3. Department Responsible
Ekonomikas ministrija, Tālr.:+371 67013268, E-pasts: notification@em.gov.lv


3. Originating Department
Vides aizsardzības un reģionālās attīstības ministrija, tālrunis: +371 67026479, e-pasts: tatjana.alekse@varam.gov.lv


4. Notification Number
2018/0388/LV - S00E


5. Title
Draft law "Amendments to the Packaging Law"


6. Products Concerned
Plastic carrier bags, light plastic carrier bags, very light plastic carrier bags, oxo-degradable plastic carrier bags.


7. Notification Under Another Act
- Directive 94/62/EC on packaging and packaging waste


8. Main Content
Transposition of the definitions of Directive 2015/720/EU:
The draft law transposes the 2015/720/EU definitions of “plastic carrier bags”, “lightweight plastic carrier bags”, “very lightweight plastic carrier bags” and “oxo-degradable plastic carrier bags”.

Ban on the handing out of free plastic carrier bags at sales outlets:
As of 1 January 2019, at the sales outlet the packer shall:
- not hand out free plastic carrier bags to consumers except very lightweight plastic carrier bags;
- make the consumers aware of the need to reduce the consumption of plastic carrier bags, of the alternative types of packaging available at the sales outlet and the possibility of using reusable bags or other packing.
It is provided that as of 1 January 2025 the packers at sales outlets should replace light plastic carrier bags, except very light plastic carrier bags, by packaging made from paper and cardboard or other natural fibre and bio-plastic materials.

The draft law applies restrictions not only to light plastic carrier bags, but to all types of plastic carrier bags irrespective of the thickness of the material. An exception will apply only to very light plastic carrier bags (thickness of material up to 15 microns) that are necessary for hygiene purposes or the primary packaging of loose food when it helps reduce food wastage. These bags will continue to be available to the consumers at sales outlets for free.


9. Brief Statement of Grounds
Having assessed the statistical data on plastic carrier bags and the information from a study conducted by SIA Geo Consultants, the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development found that in addition to the existing economic instruments (increased rates of natural resources tax for plastic carrier bags) another measure should be introduced for the reduction of the consumption of plastic carrier bags in order to achieve the targets set by 2015/720/EU. Introduction of this measure is also justified because it corresponds with the measures designed and taken by other EU Member States to reduce the consumption of light plastic carrier bags. The neighbouring countries of Estonia and Lithuania also plan to impose a ban on free light plastic carrier bags for consumers at sales outlets (source: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/NIM/?uri=CELEX: 32015L0720 & qid = 1520955278615).

The Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development believes that the legislative framework included in the draft law will ensure a reduction in the consumption of durable plastic carrier bags, including light plastic carrier bags. Because the draft law applies restrictions not only to light plastic carrier bags, but to all types of plastic carrier bags irrespective of the thickness of the material, it is expected that the total quantity of packaging in the country will not increase.


10. Reference Documents - Basic Texts
References to the basic text: Packaging law


11. Invocation of the Emergency Procedure
No


12. Grounds for the Emergency
-


13. Confidentiality
No


14. Fiscal measures
No


15. Impact assessment
Yes


16. TBT and SPS aspects
TBT aspect

No – the draft is not a technical regulation or a compliance evaluation procedure

SPS aspect

No - the draft is neither a sanitary nor phytosanitary measure.

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