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Parliamentary questions
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6 November 2018
E-005616-18
Question for written answer E-005616-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Biljana Borzan (S&D)

 Subject:  Planned obsolescence of devices
 Answer in writing 

Last year Parliament adopted a report on a longer lifetime for products, which included proposals to prohibit planned obsolescence, ban the fitting of non-detachable essential components, make spare parts more widely available on the market, and introduce minimum lifespan labelling.

Last week Italy fined Apple and Samsung EUR 10 million and EUR 5 million respectively for deliberately slowing down their devices once users had installed a new operating system.

What is the Commission doing at EU level to put a stop to planned obsolescence of devices and has it carried out studies on the subject as far as ovens, refrigerators, and other domestic appliances are concerned?

Original language of question: HR 
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