Germany's Bundesrat, or upper house of parliament, has finally approved a plan to de-link deposits on one-way drinks containers from the market share of refillables. The Bavarian proposal closely resembles one put forward by federal environment minister Jürgen Trittin, who warmly welcomed its parliamentary approval (EED 13/01/03).
The German government has good reason to cheer the change since it faces legal condemnation in the European court of justice over the current legal basis for drinks pack deposits (EED 06/05/04).
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