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Parliamentary questions
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5 October 2018
Answer given by Mr Vella on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-004228/2018

Exemption requests in Annex III of Directive 2011/65/EU on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (RoHS)(1) relating to mercury in compact fluorescent lamps (exemptions no. 1(a) — (e)) are currently being assessed by the Commission and concern a very large amount of equipment currently installed and placed on the Union market.

The lamps concerned are widely used by citizens both in the residential and non-residential sector and the number of affected units amounts to billions. It is necessary for any decision to be taken by the Commission to closely consider its possible impact on consumers, including the socioeconomic dimension of a possible substitution, as also required in the RoHS Directive.

In this context, the Commission has contracted in January 2017 an additional study to the 2016 technical and scientific assessment to assess socioeconomic impact on consumers and industry of substitution of certain mercury-based lamps currently benefitting from exemptions under RoHS.

The market availability of alternatives to compact fluorescent lamps (mainly LED light sources) is also considered in this assessment. The study is currently being finalised. Any Commission decision will also closely evaluate a possible impact on innovation, as also required by the RoHS Directive.

Furthermore, certain mercury-based lamps are also covered by Commission regulations on light sources(2) under the Ecodesign Directive 2009/125/EC(3) which focuses on the energy efficiency of these products.

As these regulations are currently undergoing a review, close coordination is taking place among the Commission services with regard to the respective processes in line with Better Regulation principles.

(1)OJ L 174/88 of 1.7.2011.
(2)Regulation (EC) No 244/2009, OJ L 76, 24.3.2009, p. 3‐16, Regulation (EC) No 245/2009, OJ L 76, 24.3.2009, p. 17‐44, Regulation (EU) No 1194/2012, OJ L 342, 14.12.2012, p. 1‐22.
(3)OJ L 285, 31.10.2009, p. 10‐35.

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