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CEPI, the Confederation of European Paper Industries, and CITPA, the Confederation of Paper and Board Converters in Europe, have revised their Industry Guideline for the compliance of paper and board materials and articles for food contact.
The purpose of the Industry Guideline is, in the absence of a specific measure for paper and board, to enable manufacturers of paper and board materials and articles intended for food contact to demonstrate compliance with the Framework Regulation, (EC) No 1935/2004. The Guideline is however offered only as voluntary guidance for operators in the industry and there is no intention to replace existing national legislation, which will always take precedence.
Paper manufacturing companies, representing around 50% of the European production of packaging grades, and 20 major converting companies covering a large share of the European paper-based packaging production implemented the Industry Guideline during 2010, the first year of its publication. Many other papermakers and converters are in the process of adopting it in their operations. A further survey of the continuing uptake of the Guideline is foreseen in the coming months following the publication of this revised version. When the Industry Guideline was conceived, relatively frequent revisions were foreseen to take account of developments. The specific aspects covered in this first revision are:
- the publication of the new CEPI Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP)
- the coming into force of Commission Regulation on plastic materials and articles
intended to come into contact with food, (EC) No 10/2011)
- the update of German Recommendation on paper and board for food contact (BfR
Rec. XXXVI) ,and
- the concerns over the presence of mineral oil hydrocarbons in food
The revision has been made by the same process as the first issue through the work of a Cross Industry Group. The Group will continue its monitoring activity of the sector and the collection of inputs to be taken into account for further revisions. “The paper and board industry has envisaged its Guideline as a moving document which needs to be updated. This is the challenge we have adopted within the industry, supplying safe products and demonstrating compliance with relevant legislation”, said John Swift, Chair of the Cross Industry Group responsible for drafting the Industry Guideline.
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Today, CEPI and industriAllEurope launched a good practice report on health and safety in the European paper industry at a conference in Germany. CEPI – the Confederation of European Paper Industries – and industriAllEurope – the European Trade Union Federation – worked jointly on this new report compiling a set of 22 exemplary practices that were collected from members under the auspices of the paper sector social dialogue, funded with the support of the European Commission, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion.
“In both our organisations - CEPI and industriAllEurope - we believe in the merits of awareness raising and sharing experiences. We hope that this report will be one of the reference tools for health and safety managers in the European paper industry. It should contribute to the indispensable effort to reduce health and safety risks at work in the sector on the route to “zero accidents”, said Teresa Presas, CEPI Director General.
The good practice report addresses different types of pulp and/or paper mills and the health and safety issues they may carry, as well as various kinds of activities (daily operation, transport and handling, maintenance) and can in most cases be adapted and transposed. The good practices included in the report are not exhaustive, but the report paves the way to identify more practices to be shared. It also illustrates the benefits of constructive co-operation towards a common goal.
“Producing pulp and paper in Europe requires the use of a wide range of resources, of which ‘people’ are the most important”, mentioned Jorma Rusanen from industriAllEurope in his presentation. ”We both - industriAllEurope and CEPI - invite our members to use and discuss the proposed practices. We also invite other industries to read the report and adapt the good practices to their own circumstances.”
This report is part of the EU-OSHA campaigns towards healthier and safer workplaces. It will be distributed to all pulp and paper mills in Europe.
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Note to the Editor
Link good practice report: http://www.cepi.org/publications/socialaffairs/GoodpracticesEN
Conference webpage: http://hspaper.eventbrite.com
Conference photos and presentations: http://www.cepi.org/socialaffairs/healthandsafetyreport
EU-OSHA campaigns: http://www.healthy-workplaces.eu/en/
Social Dialogue: http://ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp?catId=480&langId=en
CEPI aisbl - The Confederation of European Paper Industries
The Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) is a Brussels-based non-profit making organisation regrouping the European pulp and paper industry and championing this industry’s achievements and the benefits of its products. Its collective expertise provides a unique source of information both for and on the industry; coordinating essential exchanges of experience and knowledge among its members, and with the industry stakeholders. Through its 18 member countries (17 European Union members plus Norway) CEPI represents some 520 pulp, paper and board producing companies across Europe, ranging from small and medium sized companies to multi-nationals, and 1000 paper mills. Together they represent 25% of world production.
Website: www.cepi.org Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @EuropeanPaper
industriAll – European Trade Union / EMCEF
Three European Industry Federations, namely EMCEF (the European Mine, Chemical and Energy Workers’ Federation), EMF (the European Metalworkers’ Federation) and ETUF:TCL (the European Trade Union Federation Textiles, Clothing and Leather) created a new and stronger European trade union organisation that started operating in June 2012: industriAll – European Trade Union. industriAll Europe represents 7.1 million workers in industry and manufacturing jobs at European level. EMCEF used to organise 2.2 million blue and white-collar workers in companies in 35 countries and 131 national trade unions. industriAll Europe is a member of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) and co-operates with 9 other European Industry Federations in the ETUC. industriAll Europe also works with the
IndustriAll Global Union which represents 50 million workers in 140 countries in the mining, energy and manufacturing sectors and is a new force globally taking up the fight for better working conditions and trade union rights around the world. industriAll Europe promotes social dialogue in an enlarged Europe and represents 11 sectoral social dialogue committees: Paper, Chemical, Electricity, Extractive Industries, Gas, Textile & Clothing, Foodwear, Tanning/Leather, Shipbuilding, Metal and Steel, and in addition the cross-sectoral NEPSI.
It also has a long-standing record in creating and co-ordinating European Works Councils. With over five hundred EWCs in all its sectors, industriAll Europe has been extremely active in shaping this particularly important element of the European social dialogue.
Website: www.industriall-europe.eu Email: email@example.com Twitter: @industriALL_EU
The Council announced that a compromise agreement on sulphur content of marine fuels has been reached with the European Parliament. The European paper industry believes this agreement is a major blow to its competitiveness at a time where the EU is desperately looking for growth and jobs. Sulphur content limits will be 0.1% in the North of Europe from 2015 – 1.0% today – compared to 3.5% in other European sea areas until 2020, and the rest of the world until 2025. Sulphur emissions have to be reduced indeed but in a cost-efficient and fair way. This requires more time and better coordination.
CEPI deeply regrets that the agreement does not take full account of the concerns of the business community in times of an economic recession in Europe. CEPI has continuously drawn the attention of the European Parliament and the Member States towards the huge impact this agreement will have on the companies operating in the North of Europe – an additional cost of around 4 billion euros per year according to the most recent studies. For the paper industry an estimated increase in shipping costs of 20-45% further to a 50-80% price increase in marine fuels is expected, because of the foreseen low sulphur fuel scarcity and lack of reliable abatement methods. Further market and competition distortion within the EU and with foreign competitors outside the EU is to be expected.
Accompanying measures at EU and national levels through existing or new financial support schemes will be required, if the impact of the Sulphur Directive on companies is to be mitigated. “Companies will have to revert to their member state support in order to be able to comply to the prescribed limits within such a short period of time. But state aid will not compensate for increased costs and the resulting loss of competitiveness", said Teresa Presas, CEPI Director General. "The EU once again did not consider the competitiveness of its industry", she added.
The European paper industry asks the European Parliament and the Council to call for more flexibility in the rules of the IMO - the International Maritime Organisation.
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