The resolution on a more sustainable single market was adopted on 25 November by 395 votes in favor, 94 against and 207 abstentions.
This means that Members of the European Parliament (MEP) have asked the European Commission to give consumers a “right to repair” by making repairs more attractive, systematic and cost-effective, either by extending warranties, providing warranties for parts. replaced or better access to repair and maintenance information.
It means MEPs are insisting on increasing support for second-hand goods markets, calling for action to address practices that shorten the shelf life of a product and support sustainable production.
In a statement, MEPs have also reiterated the need for a common charging system to reduce e-waste and wanting products to be labeled according to their durability (for example, a usage meter and clear information on the estimated shelf life of a product).
Eliminate obstacles that prevent repair, resale and reuse.
According to a survey, 77% of EU citizens prefer to repair their devices rather than replace them; 79% They think that manufacturers should be legally bound to facilitate the repair of digital devices or the replacement of their individual parts.
To encourage sustainable choices by businesses and consumers, MEPs, through this resolution, affirm that they are pushing for more sustainable public procurement, as well as responsible advertising and marketing.
For example, when environmental claims are made in advertisements, common criteria should be applied to support the claim, similar to obtaining eco-label certifications.
The resolution also calls for the role of the EU Ecolabel to be promoted so that it is more widely used by industry and to raise consumer awareness.
Finally, the notice text proposes new rules for waste management and the elimination of legal obstacles that prevent repair, resale and reuse. This will also benefit the secondary market for raw materials. From here, it will be up to the European Commission to issue real proposals based on this report.
Source: European Parliament