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2024-03-01
ProductIP
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Deal on the Right to Repair (R2R) Directive 

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Products are often discarded although they can be repaired. This results in 35 million tons of waste, 30 million tons of resources and 261 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions in the EU per year. It is estimated that consumers could save a whopping 12 billion € per year if they repair instead of replace defect products. Money and environment, both very good reasons to promote repair. Still repair is often a hassle, and something new is so easily bought online. That is why the EU wants to make repair easier: hence the Right 2 Repair Directive.

On February 2 the European Council and Parliament reached a deal on the directive that introduces a new ‘right to repair' for consumers, both within and after the legal guarantee period. The proposal includes:

  • European Repair Information Form which consumers will be able to request from any repairer, bringing transparency to repair conditions, time to finish the works and price, and make it easier for consumers to compare repair offers.
  • An online matchmaking repair platform to connect consumers with repairers and sellers of refurbished goods in their area. The platform helps consumers to find attractive offers, and boosts visibility for repairers.
  • A right for consumers to claim repair to producers, for products that are technically repairable under EU law, like a washing machine or a TV. This will ensure that consumers always have someone to turn to when they want to repair their products, as well as encourage producers to develop more sustainable business models.
  • A producers' obligation to inform consumers about the products that they are obliged to repair themselves.
  • European quality standard for repair services will be developed to help consumers identify repairers who commit to a higher quality. This ‘easy repair' standard will be open to all repairers across the EU willing to commit to minimum quality standards, for example based on duration, or availability of products.

An extension of 12 months of the liability period of the seller after the repair of a product.


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