This means MEPs have called on the European Commission to grant consumers a ‘right to repair’ by making repairs more attractive, systematic and cost effective, whether by extending warranties, providing warranties for replaced parts, or better access to repair and maintenance information.
This means MEPs insist on increasing their support for second-hand goods markets, calling for action to tackle practices that shorten a product’s lifespan and endorse sustainable production.
In a statement, MEPs also reiterated the need for a common charger system to reduce e-waste and want products to be labeled based on their durability (for example, a usage meter and clear information on the estimated lifespan of a product).
Remove barriers that prevent repair, resale and reuse
According to a survey, 77% of European citizens would rather repair their devices than replace them; 79% believe manufacturers should be legally required to make it easier to repair digital devices or replace individual parts.
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To encourage businesses and consumers to make sustainable choices, MEPs – through this resolution – say they are pushing for more sustainable public procurement as well as responsible marketing and advertising.
For example, when environmentally friendly claims are made in advertisements, common criteria should be applied to support such a claim – similar to obtaining eco-label certifications.
The resolution also calls for the role of the EU eco-label to be strengthened so that it is used more by industry and to raise awareness among consumers.
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Finally, the consultative text proposes new rules for waste management and the removal of legal obstacles that prevent repair, resale and reuse. This will also benefit the secondary commodity market. From there, it will be up to the European Commission to make concrete proposals on the basis of this report.
Source: European Parliament