New members get more time on packaging law

Europe's ten new member states have been granted extra time to transpose EU legislation on packaging waste recovery and recycling, following the approval of amendments by government ministers this week. The European Commission originally proposed giving new countries an extra four years to come into line, taking the deadline up to 2012, but in line with a parliamentary vote last year (EED 26/10/04), ministers agreed to let Malta have until 2013, Poland 2014 and Latvia 2015. See council announcement.

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