Saturday, April 17

The European Parliament defends a “right to compensation”

Once broken, electronic devices often end up in the trash. The possibility of repairing sometimes seems very difficult or too expensive. The European Parliament has therefore adopted a report in order to make repairs profitable and to make them the first option offered to consumers.

Despite political obstacles and numerous amendments, the text was finally approved by MEPs. According to a Eurobarometer survey, 8 out of 10 people in Europe think that manufacturers should be forced to facilitate the repair of electronic devices. Many technicians in stores find that everything can be fixed, but often companies make this option more difficult.

For environmental activists this is a step in the right direction. “We can see that the European Parliament has kept its reputation as a defender of consumer and environmental rights“, welcomes Chloé Mikolajczak of the organization Right to Repair Europe.

The text asks for the mandatory indication of the estimated lifetime of a product and information in order to be able to repair it. Parliament also suggests putting an end to what the institution calls premature obsolescence. This name, not to be confused with planned obsolescence, aims to facilitate legal proceedings. The ball is now in the court of the European Commission, which must draw up proposals on this issue.

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