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Havel & Partners Advises on Slovakia’s Beverage Packaging Return System

Havel & Partners Advises on Slovakia’s Beverage Packaging Return System

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Havel & Partners has advised Slovakia’s Deposit Return System Administrator on the setup, implementation, and January 2022 launch of the disposable beverage packaging deposit return system.

The firm also represented the DRS Administrator before the Slovak Intellectual Property Office on filing an application for a utility design. According to Havel & Partners, the DRSA is a non-profit organization that acts as the sole coordinator and administrator of the newly established deposit return system of disposable beverage packaging in Slovakia.

According to DRSA's website, "the Slovak Ministry of the Environment officially commissioned a consortium of four associations of beverage producers & retailers ... to establish a central DRS Administrator for Slovakia. Their members altogether represent almost 80% of all drink containers placed on the market and more than 3,000 retail stores in Slovakia." The DRS Administrator is responsible for the creation, administration, financing, and coordination of the deposit system in Slovakia.

The Havel & Partners team included Partner Stepan Starha, Managing Associate Jan Kapec, Senior Associate Roman Svetnicky, Associates Robert Gasparovic and Patricia Jamriskova, and Junior Associates Petra Kovacechova, Tomas Varso, and Milan Cernaj.