The two organizations express their concerns in a joint letter sent on December 13th to the permanent representatives of agriculture at the EU, with a view to the Environment Council that will take place on December 18th.
At this meeting, Council representatives will have to agree on an approach to a proposed regulation on packaging and packaging waste, which will serve as a negotiating mandate to begin trilogues with the European Parliament.
After reading the Presidency’s compromise proposal, and in particular article 22 and Annex V, paragraph. 2, the possibility of exempting fruit and vegetables from the disposable packaging ban for packaging weighing less than 1.5 kg is not completely eliminated, especially in the context of quality schemes.
AREFLH and AREPO call for the wording of this annex to be consistent with that of the European Parliament, which they consider much more complete and reassuring, by expressly specifying an exemption for PDO and PGI fruits and vegetables.
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