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Parliamentary questions
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29 June 2018
E-003600-18
Question for written answer E-003600-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Andrejs Mamikins (S&D)

 Subject:  E-labelling implementation in Europe
 Answer in writing 

E-labelling is an alternative method of indicating market compliance. Many countries (such as the US, Australia, Singapore, China etc.) — together representing 56% of the world economy and 46% of the world’s population — have already adopted e-labelling schemes. The European Union, on the other hand, still relies exclusively on the physical marking of devices.

In fact, the European Union is the last major economic power that does not allow the electronic display of market compliance.

If the EU adopted electronic labelling, it would lead to significant economic benefits by saving EUR 112 million per year or a 15% reduction in of the cost of indicating compliance in Europe.

In addition, 76% of European businesses surveyed would adopt e-labelling if available. Furthermore, 75% of companies believe that e-labelling would improve the current business situation and 71% are of the opinion, that it would have a positive environmental impact.

To sum up, it is obvious that providing the compliance information in electronic format is a more logical and cost-effective alternative to physically marking products.

Does the Commission intend to implement e-labelling in Europe?

What are the obstacles to implementing e-labelling in Europe?

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