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The European Commission has started a consultation with all main stakeholders of the pre-packaging chain with a view of publishing a green paper on pre-packaging. The main objective of this analysis is to validate two main hypotheses: mandatory pre-packed sizes do not hamper innovation in pre-packed sizes; and, not prescribing pre-packed sizes induces innovation in pre-packed sizes. In none of the cases was the innovation hampered by the existing regulatory regime on pack sizes. The results of our theoretical and empirical research however, do not support any general statement about the desirability of either harmonising the regulation on pack sizes with a view on stimulating innovation in the packaging chain or the abstention of such regulation.

This report is published by the European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Prospective Technological Studies, Seville (ES). The full text is available online at:

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Authors: PETERSE A H, TNO Strategy, Technology and Policy-STB, Delft (NL);NIJHUIS E W J T, TNO Strategy, Technology and Policy-STB, Delft (NL);PALMIGIANO A, Fondazione Rosselli, Torino (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 20390 EN (2002), pp.86. Euro: Free of charge
Availability: Available from European Commission, JRC Knowledge Management Unit, Ispra (IT) Tel: +39 033278 9843 or +39 033278 9864 Fax: +39 033278 9623 E-mail:
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