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What we need to ensure the safety of food packaging

Date: June 5, 2023; 15:00 - 17:00 (CET) Location: Live stream online Organizer: Zero Waste Europe

This event brings together stakeholders to exchange their knowledge and opinions regarding the safety of food packaging as the European Parliament and the Council formulate their stances on the Packaging & Packaging Waste Regulation (PPWR) proposal. The objective is to address concerns related to hygiene and harmful chemicals, explore best practices, and determine how EU laws, specifically the PPWR, can effectively reduce the impact of packaging on consumer health and promote the circular use of materials.

The event can be followed via live stream. The link will be published on the day of on Zero Waste Europe's website.


15:00 – 15:05 - Welcome (Malte Gallée, MEP, Greens/European Free Alliance)

15:05 – 15:15 - Introduction / Keynote speech (TBA)

15:15 – 16:00 - Panel

  • Dorota Napierska, Policy Officer on Toxic-free Consumption & Production, Zero Waste Europe - Setting the scene

  • Dr. Jane Muncke, Managing Director and Chief Scientific Officer, Food Packaging Forum

  • Michela Vuerich, Programme Manager Sustainability & Services, ANEC (The European consumer voice in standardization)

  • Carla Valeiras Alvarez, EU Policy Officer, Safe Food Advocacy

  • Eleonore Blondeau, New Projects Manager and Circular Industry expert, Eternity Systems

16:00 – 16:15 - Reaction to the interventions

  • Wolfgang Trunk, Team Leader, Circular Economy - From Waste to Resources DG ENVIRONMENT, European Commission

  • Bastiaan Schuup, Team Leader Food Contact Materials, DG Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE), European Commission

16:15 – 16:50 - Q&A and discussion

16:50 – 16:55 - Malte Gallée, MEP, Greens/European Free Alliance - Closing Remarks


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