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Tuesday, 4 July 2017 - Strasbourg Revised edition

A longer lifetime for products: benefits for consumers and companies (A8-0214/2017 - Pascal Durand)

  Lucy Anderson (S&D). – Madam President, I welcome this report. It is particularly important that it aims to strengthen consumer protection, especially in relation to those products which are reasonably expected to last for a significant period of time. This is particularly important in the context of ongoing discussions on contract-law rights for consumers. It is important that we pursue greater value for money for reliable and durable products and that we benefit companies and the wider society by reducing waste.

It is also positive that this report reflects the need for minimum criteria on issues such as reparability and the ability to upgrade easily, especially when it comes to software. I was pleased to see that the amendments I put forward regarding battery technology issues and improving battery technology were included, and that the report calls for consumer safety to be protected, arguably in relation not only to general issues but also to spare parts.

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