Following our previous newsletter article sent on 22 February 2021, please find below the latest updates regarding the French packaging regulation, as new information and a related court order have recently been released.
Release of the new sorting information guideline delayed
The French government has not yet achieved any agreement on the new harmonised guideline for the sorting information (Info-tri).
Due to this delay, the new sorting information will not be released in April 2021 but is expected to be released instead in July 2021. Producers will still have to implement the new sorting information by 1st January 2022. However, the French government is considering prolonging the transition period by additional 6 months due to the unexpected delay.
Prohibition of the Green Dot postponed to 1st January 2022
On 15th March 2021, the French Council of State released an order to suspend the execution of the decree of 25th December 2020. This order states that the prohibition of the Green Dot will not come into effect by 1st April 2021 as previously announced, but is instead scheduled for 1st January 2022. One of the reasons behind is that the time frame of implementation of the decree was too short.
Suspension of the Green Dot prohibition and penalty for using it
Following the suspension of the execution of the decree of 30th November 2020, the French Council of State has decided to put the prohibition of the Green Dot as well as the penalty for using the Green Dot on hold. The topic requires further discussion among the French government. At present, we are waiting for the French Council of State’s decision on whether the Green Dot prohibition and penalty for using the Green Dot will be maintained or not. The final decision is expected within the next 6 to 18 months.
We will keep you informed on the upcoming decisions, which could further impact your obligations as a producer of packaging in France.
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