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German parliament takes up drinks pack plan

Germany's Bundesrat, upper parliamentary house, began debating an opposition-sponsored plan to abolish deposits on one-way drinks containers on Friday (EED 03/03/04). Supporters and opponents marked the opening of talks by staging a new round of claim and counter-claim. Packaging industry association Agvu backed the plan as a chance to end the "chaos" caused by current government policies. Germany's environment ministry slammed it, calling the proposal an environmental "cheat" aimed at the "destruction" of refillable systems. See statements by Agvu and German environment ministry.

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