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Parliamentary questions
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20 April 2018
Joint answer given by Mr Arias Cañete on behalf of the Commission
Written questions: E-000423/18 , E-000726/18
Question references: E-000423/2018, E-000726/2018

According to the legislation in place today (Commission Regulations (EC) No 244/2009 and (EU) No 1194/2012) placing on the market of tungsten lamps is not allowed, although there are some exemptions, for example for theatre lighting.

In the context of the ongoing review of this legislation, the Commission services are checking whether certain exemptions could be removed, provided that suitable replacements are available on the market.

In December 2017, revision proposals were discussed in the Ecodesign Consultation Forum, consisting of representatives of Member States, industry, civil society and other relevant partners. The Commission services are currently receiving and analysing comments, including those from the Public Consultation which runs until 7 May 2018(1), with the aim of feeding into the impact assessment and revision proposals, including on theatre lighting.

It has to be noted that Ecodesign and energy labelling legislation for energy-related products, including lighting products, applies to products ‘placed on the market’. A product is ‘placed on the market’ when it is made available for the first time in the EU market. Therefore, the possible removal of exemptions for theatre lighting on the date foreseen in the current proposal (September 2020 as it stands now), would not mean that all tungsten lamps in use must be replaced. Lamps already in use or available in shops and in stock before the date of application of the revised regulations can be used and bought without an end date.


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