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Assessment of the policy framework of food and beverage waste packaging in Albania, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina 

This activity is a first step of the overall portfolio of activities led by SCP/RAC with support from both IMELS and EBRD, with the objective of Improving the policy framework and engaging with the food & beverage industry in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro for tackling plastics packaging value chains in a circular economy. The objective of this consultancy is to identify the main policy gaps and bottlenecks to applying the principles of circularity to plastic packaging in the F&B industry, from the public and private sector perspectives. Firstly, it is needed to have a clear view of the existing policies and measures (including relevant regulations, sector strategies, economic instruments, voluntary initiatives, etc.) in Bosnia and Herzegovina with regards to plastic waste packaging and its origin, as well as the stakeholders involved. Secondly a benchmarking against the EU related acquis, the EU Plastics Strategy, and other regional and/or international conventions and/or action plans will clarify the situation in the countries and will inform the identification of priorities for action.

 

Project activities

The main Project activities include:

  • Analysis of the stakeholders involved in F&B industry and related packaging waste

  • Analysis of regulatory framework of the plastic packaging in the F&B value chain and related packaging waste (Strategies, targets and planning instruments, regulations regarding industrial and commercial packaging, regulations regarding research and innovation in relation to the F&B sector, regulation regarding waste management

  • Stocktaking and analysis of existing policy instruments relevant for tackling plastics in the F&B sector (EPR scheme, eco-labelling, fees, incentives, GPP...)

  • Identification of policy gaps and enforcement shortfalls: Analysis of the implementation/enforcement of national regulatory frameworks in BiH; Gap analysis towards EU Acquis (waste management, chemical and product legislation); Gap analysis towards EU Strategy for Plastics actions at the national and industry levels; Gap analysis towards the fulfillment of Regional Plan on Marine Litter Management in the Mediterranean.