In the EU resolution "Revised and Multiannual Financial Framework and European Sustainable Investment Plan (2020/C 324/01)", the European Committee of the Regions proposes, among other things, the implementation of a plastic tax in the Member States. This provides for the fee to be €0.80/kg based on the weight of non-recycled plastic packaging waste.
The objective of the financial framework is the repayment of the "Next Generation EU" construction instrument, which serves to combat the consequences of the Covid pandemic, as well as to achieve long-term goals of the Union. For this purpose, Member States have to pay a contribution to the EU budget based on non-recycled plastic packaging waste. However, there is no obligation to implement the EU's proposed plastic tax.
Some Member States finance this contribution through the national budget, whereas others have already implemented or are considering implementing a legal framework for the plastic tax. In the UK, despite withdrawal from the EU, the plastic tax law has come into force on 1st April 2022. Italy and Portugal have also already enacted legal provisions on the plastic tax.
We are planning an overview of how selected member states are dealing with the plastic tax for one of our next "Compliance Talks" in English and will keep you informed on this.
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