EU Commission reassures policymakers over IPP

Wallström letter to MEPs and council details next move in drive to green product stewardship

The European Commission will propose the next stage in establishing an EU integrated product policy (IPP) early next year, a letter to MEPs and the council of ministers from environment commissioner Margot Wallström has revealed. The initiative will "identify the most environmentally damaging products" on which to pilot a series of policy instruments outlined in a green paper last year.

The letter, dated 18 November and seen by ENDS Europe DAILY, is a response to disquiet in the European parliament over the fate of IPP, following an announcement to its environment committee by Margot Wallström that the dossier had been delayed indefinitely (EED 20/06/02). Earlier MEPs had adopted a resolution critical of the green paper (EED 18/01/02).

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