Legal Basis ÖKO-Pannon


Legal Basis

In Hungary, obligations related to packaging are included in two regulation systems not having tight relationship with each other.

On the one hand the manufacturer (in case of packaging waste, the emitter of the packaged product) shall be responsible not only for planning the life of the packaged good but its packaging, too, thus it must provide for the collection and recycling of the produced waste. On the other hand the emitter of the packaging is also obliged to pay a tax-like product charge. However an exemption is given from the product charge if the obligor reaches an appropriate rate of recovery of the emitted packaging waste. The recovery rate is increasing year by year. In case of the so called „commercial packaging” instead of exemption a deduction can be applied.

Presently a transformation of the system is in progress, and new laws will come into force in 2012.