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Position paper - Empowering Consumers Directive - priorities for trilogues

20 Sep 2023
Consumer affairs

Informal interinstitutional (trilogue) negotiations are underway between the co-legislators on the Empowering Consumers Directive proposal. The priority for EU decision-makers should be to drive sustainability by allowing companies to provide digitally relevant information; allow industry environmental labels meeting high sustainability standards; ensure software update provisions do not discourage security updates or expose consumers to cybersecurity threats; and clarify that the proposed ban on early obsolescence is based on intentional practices rather than unintended effects.