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How Europe can support its food and drink industry to remain competitive and sustainable

From 6 to 9 June 2024, millions of EU citizens undertook the important task of electing the new 720 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) who will shape the course of the EU over the next five years. It was noteworthy to see so many EU voters strongly engaged in these elections, leading to a considerable rise in overall voter turnout.

PPWR Explained: How the new EU packaging rules will impact the European soft drink sector

4 March marked a milestone for packaging and packaging waste management in Europe: the negotiators from the European Parliament and Council of the EU reached a deal on amendments to the European Commission’s draft proposal for a Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation (also known as ‘’PPWR’’).

What should Europe do to promote balanced diets?

The new EU political term offers a crucial opportunity for policymakers to reevaluate their strategy on how to promote balanced diets more effectively. We should all aim for European policies that prioritise the health and well-being of its citizens with appropriate measures delivering tangible results. These should consider voluntary actions as an alternative to regulation and science-based policies grounded in robust food and drink consumption data.

How can we build a more sustainable and competitive food and drink industry? The European soft drinks sector’s vision for the next EU political term

The 2024 European elections mark a fresh chapter for European citizens and businesses. This will present an opportunity to steer the EU towards greater policy stability and sustainable progress, while enhancing its role in addressing the needs and aspirations of consumers and helping businesses to thrive. The EU’s political approach should address the complexities of the environment in which we live and be highly strategic, based on consistent dialogue and thorough impact assessments.

What does it take to foster balanced diets in Europe?

The journey towards enhanced health and nutrition in Europe is both fascinating and challenging. A complex web of inter-related factors come into play, such as dietary preferences, physical activity habits and overall health. To ensure the success of fostering balanced diets, EU decision-makers should consider self-regulatory actions and evidence-based policies based on robust consumption data.

Let’s not compromise waste collection in Europe just to accommodate a few

The latest draft General Approach from the Council of the EU on the proposed EU Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation is nothing but alarming when it comes to beverage packaging waste collection. With the EU Environment Ministers meeting on December 18 to adopt their position on the PPWR, we urge Member States to maintain the obligation on Member States to set up a Deposit and Return System (DRS) for beverage bottles and cans unless a very high collection rate is achieved by other means.

Time for Member States to secure an ambitious, yet realistic EU packaging law

On 22 November, the European Parliament sent strong positive signals to EU citizens and businesses when it voted on its amendments to the proposal for an EU Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation (PPWR). Encouragingly, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) supported measures that promote the circularity of beverage packaging and respect the complementary role of recycling and reuse. Member States should adopt a similar position to help the industry achieve the EU’s circularity ambitions.

It’s possible to promote healthier lifestyles with the right policy support

No other food or drink sector in Europe has taken so many meaningful actions to support healthier lifestyles than the soft drinks sector.

How does an ambitious, yet realistic EU packaging law look like?

We are just 48h away from the plenary vote on the proposed EU Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation (PPWR) in the European Parliament and, if the right amendments are supported, this vote will mark an important step towards beverage packaging circularity.

Recognising the complementarity of reuse and recycling is the solution

Ahead of the plenary vote on the proposed Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation (PPWR), a large group of European and national associations across various sectors are expressing serious concerns regarding the approach to reuse adopted by the European Parliament’s Environment Committee (ENVI) on October 24.

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