|European Commission: DG Justice
|COM (2023) 155
|Blog & Commentary, News, Policy-making
Legislative initiative tabled by the European Commission on 22 March 2023, setting out common rules to promote the repair of goods. It also introduces amendments to Regulation (EU) 2017/2394, Directive (EU) 2019/771 and Directive (EU) 2020/1828. This is a text with EEA relevance.
The premature disposal of reparable goods purchased by consumers leads to an increase in waste, and generate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and more demand for valuable resources in the production of new goods. This problem exists across the European Union (EU) for a wide ranger of these goods.
The European Commission's European Green Deal focuses on the green transition, which comprises sustainable consumption. The outcome of the Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE) also included a call for a right to repair. This draft law seeks to deliver on both by increasing the repair and reuse of viable defective goods purchased by consumers within and beyond the legal guarantee.
The proposed Directive was first announced in the New Consumer Agenda and the latest Circular Economy Action Plan. The draft law was adopted by the European Commission on 22 March 2023. The plenary of the European Parliament endorsed a negotiating position on 21 November. The Council of the European Union adopted a general approach on the draft law on 22 November. An informal agreement between the co-legislators on a compromise text for this file was reached on 2 February 2024.
|Business and Industry, Internal Markets, Law
|Consumer Rights | Protection, Contract Law, Sustainable Development
|European Union [EU]