Storm clouds gather over German packaging law

European Commission and half of EU governments object to planned "good pack-bad pack" distinction

Germany's plan to define most one-way drinks containers as ecologically unsound and submit them to mandatory deposits is facing its stiffest test yet. Along with at least seven governments, the European Commission has now formally objected to a draft law notified in July. The development raises the likelihood that the EU executive will meet entry-into-force of the measure with legal infringement proceedings.

According to the Commission, the law would introduce unacceptable discrimination between products in direct competition with each other, some being subject and others exempt from deposits. By favouring specific proprietary deposit systems it would also act as a market access barrier.

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