MEPs line up in EU battle over packaging waste

Parliament wants more from directive revision; second reading could see more radical demands fade away

The European parliament adopted its first-reading position for the revision of EU packaging waste law today. Several important changes were made to recommendations from the body's environment committee, but the MEPs' stance is still more radical than that taken by environment ministers before the summer (EED 26/06/02). A conciliation over the revision looms.

The assembly wants to increase the overall recycling target from 55% to 65%, and wants this met by 2006 - two years earlier than preferred by either ministers or the committee. Its targets for individual materials are, by contrast, slightly lower than those agreed in the council.

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