Directive No 2004/12/EC of 11.02.2004 amending Directive No 94/62/EC on packaging and packaging waste
Summary of the initiative
Objective(s):Environmental objective by increasing recycling; Internal Market objective; Article 22 (3a) of Directive 94/62/EC on packaging and packaging waste as amended by Directive 2004/12/EC provides for the possibility for Member States to set up systems for (a) the return and/or collection of and (b) the reuse or recovery of used packaging and/or packaging waste "by means of agreements between the competent authorities and the economic operators concerned", provided that the Member State's recovery and recycling rates attain the targets defined in Article 6 of the Directive. Directive (EU) 2015/720 relating to the reduction of consumption of lightweight plastic carrier bags modifies Article 22 (3a) of Directive 94/62/EC in such a way that Member States also have the possibility to take measures to achieve a reduction in the consumption of lightweight plastic carrier bags on their territory "by means of agreements between the competent authorities and the economic operators concerned", provided that indeed this is a sustained reduction, which can be defined by a national maximum consumption level of 90 lightweight plastic carrier bags by the end of 2019 and 40 bags by the end of 2025. These agreements must meet a number of requirements, including that they shall: - be enforceable, - specify objectives and deadlines, - be published in the national official journal and be easily accessible - be monitored regularly (including reporting to national authorities and the Commission and including examination of the progress achieved).