The Cooperation Agreement sets out the obligations of parties such as the accredited compliance organisations, companies responsible for packaging and industrial unpackers.
If you fail to meet your obligations, you risk incurring an administrative fine and penal sanctions.
Sanctions may be imposed if you do not fulfill your take-back obligation or reporting obligation, if you fail to submit a packaging prevention plan or repeatedly submit a prevention plan deemed inadequate, and if you obstruct the supervisory activities of the IRPC.
Administrative fine: a concrete example
The following administrative fines can be applied for failure to comply with the take-back obligation:
However, the total amount of the administrative fine may not exceed 25,000 euros.
The penal sanctions can be severe, depending on the seriousness of the offence. The most serious offences are punishable by a custodial sentence of between one and twelve months and a fine ranging from 1,000 to 2,000,000 euros.
These penal fines must be increased by the statutory multiplication factor (to correct for inflation).
You can find out more about sanctions and penal provisions in Chapter 6 of the Cooperation Agreement (p. 22).