The European parliament will reconvene in Strasbourg on Monday for its first full session following the summer break. The opening item on the assembly's agenda is a debate and vote to decide its first-reading position on a revision of the EU's packaging directive. MEPs are also expected to pass a critical resolution on environment legislation reporting requirements on EU member states.
The packaging vote will reveal the likely starting positions of a conciliation battle with the council of ministers: the parliament's environment committee has recommended a series of sweeping and demanding amendments to the law, while ministers have already said they want to change only the recycling and recovery targets for now (EED 09/07/02).
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