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Parliamentary questions
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12 February 2019
Answer given by Mr Vella on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-006001/2018

The Commission shares the objective of longer product lifetime and better repair options, as expressed by Parliament e.g. in 2016/2272(INI).

The circular economy action plan(1) and the ecodesign working plan 2016-2019(2) underlined the importance of the ecodesign framework to support the move towards a more resource efficient and circular economy. In this context, the Commission is now looking systematically at aspects related to the durability, reparability, upgradability and recyclability of products in preparing (revisions of) ecodesign implementing measures. This is the case in particular for revised measures on five consumer products planned for adoption in coming months: lighting, refrigerating appliances, displays including televisions, dishwashers and washing machines including washer-dryers. The measures proposed include a requirement on the availability of spare parts and the access of professional repairers to repair and maintenance information, where appropriate for the product concerned. Where relevant, this information should include data records of reported failure incidents.

Following on the Commission Mandate M/543, a joint CEN/CENELEC(3) technical committee is preparing a number of deliverables including generic standards on material efficiency aspects of products, including reusability, reparability and upgradability. The deliverables are planned for adoption in the course of 2019 and 2020.

The Commission is also studying a scoring system on the reparability of appliances. This will be the object of a wide consumer study to assess the understanding and usefulness for consumers. Both technical and consumer studies should be completed in 2019 after which the Commission will consider further steps.

(1)Closing the loop — An EU action plan for the circular economy (COM(2015) 0614).
(2)Ecodesign working plan 2016-2019, COM(2016) 773.
(3)CEN: European Committee for Standardisation; CENELEC: European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardisation.

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