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Position paper - Right to Repair - coherence with the Eco-design Directive is crucial to avoid conflicting legislation

26 Jan 2024
Consumer affairs

The European Parliament and Council have recently adopted their respective negotiating mandates on the EU Right to Repair Directive. The proposal aims to encourage more sustainable consumption by making it easier to repair defective goods, reducing waste and supporting the repair sector.

While the European Commission proposed a practical and proportionate framework, the Parliament position introduces important issues as it adopted amendments that drastically change the initial proposal, especially around Article 5 ‘Obligation to Repair’. Maintaining the link with the Eco-design Framework (and later, the Ecodesign for Sustainable Products Regulation) is crucial not only to secure legal certainty and consistency but also to avoid the overproduction, overstocking and waste of spare parts and safeguard users’ safety, privacy and the device’s integrity.

For more details on the importance of maintaining the link with the Eco-design Framework, read our position below.