Parliament backs consumer’s right to repair in push towards circular economy
(EurActiv, 27 Nov 2020) The EU should promote durable and repairable products, as well as boost a second-hand market and tackle greenwashing, under a proposal backed by the European Parliament on Tuesday (24 November).
The resolution to create a more sustainable single market was voted through with 395 in favour, 94 against and 207 abstention.
Parliament called on the Commission to encourage a culture of repair and reuse, improve environmental claims with clearer information and to boost confidence and incentives in second-hand goods markets.
MEPs also emphasised the need to improve the lifetime of products and repeated their demand for a common charge to reduce electronic waste.
EU lawmakers had previously called for measures to remedy the problem of planned obsolescence of goods and software, often built into products.
“The time has come to use the Green Deal objectives as the foundation of a single market that promotes durable products and services by design,” said David Cormand, rapporteur for the resolution and a Green MEP