EU: empowering consumers for circularity

The European Parliament, together with the Council of the European Union, have drafted a proposal which aims at enhancing consumer rights.

The proposal wants to contribute to a more circular, clean and green EU economy by enabling consumers to take informed purchasing decisions and therefore contribute to more sustainable consumption. 

One of the goals is also to tackle unfair commercial practices which increases the number of users that do not consume in a sustainable way.

The proposal was one of the initiatives set out in the New Consumer Agenda and the Circular Economy Action Plan and follows up on the European Green Deal. The key for a sustainable future is the participation of consumers in the digital economy, especially through high-quality information on the durability and reparability of certain products.

Some of the key objectives of the proposal are:

  • providing information on the existence and length of a producer’s commercial guarantee of durability for all types of goods;
  • providing information on the reparability of products, through a reparability score or other relevant repair information, where available, for all types of goods;
  • ensuring that traders do not mislead consumers about environmental and social impacts, durability and reparability of products;
  • a ban on displaying a sustainability label which is not based on a certification scheme or not established by public authorities;
  • a ban on making an environmental claim about the entire product, when it actually concerns only a certain aspect of the product;

IBE-BVI members can obtain by simple request a copy of this EU proposal on consumer rights

 Post 6/11/2023

Federico Bassotto March 1, 2024
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