Presentation on theme: "Workshop on flagship on durable goods"— Presentation transcript:
1 Workshop on flagship on durable goods ▸ Ursula Pachl and▸ Angeliki MalizouGeneral AssemblyPlace : BrusselsDate : 15 November 2013
2 BackgroundConsumers have difficulties in enforcing their legal guarantee rights. These rights play an essential role in promoting sustainable consumption.Durability of products (such as household appliances, communications devices, cars) is an important element of sustainable consumption.
3 ObjectivesHave the means to use the guarantee rights successfully – reversal of the burden of proofLonger guarantee periodFight planned obsolescenceStop unfair business practices regarding the enforcement of guarantee rightsAvailability of spare parts
4 Context within BEUC work programme This flagship falls straight into our priorities onconsumer rights and redress andsustainability…. in line with our 2020 vision paper
5 Strategy Legislative initiatives: Review of the 1999 directive on consumer sales –to achieve objective a), b), c) and d) Review of the Ecodesign and the energy labelling directiveto achieve objectives b), c) and d)
6 Consumer Sales Directive Consumer Sales directive (1999/44/EC) sets a minimum mandatory standard of consumer rights regarding legal guarantees ( and commercial guarantees):Main elements:2 year guarantee period6 months of reversal of the burden of proof for the lack of conformity
7 Ecodesign & Energy Labelling Directive Ecodesign Directive (2009/125/EC) aims at setting requirements on the significant environmental aspects of energy-using and energy-related products.Energy Labelling Directive (2010/30/EU) informs consumers about the consumption of energy and other resources by energy-related products. It aims at helping consumers choose products which save energy and provides incentives for the industry to develop and invest in energy efficient product design.
8 Strategy (suite) Non –legislative initiatives : Enforcement actions Enforcement actionsAwareness raisingBusiness best practicesSustainability: High Level Platform on Resource efficiency etc
9 Strategy (suite) Research is needed: Current problems with the use of guarantee rights How to dismantle planned obsolescence
10 National level activities Better application /enforcement of guarantee rightsSustainability aspects of guarantee rightsObsolescence, spare parts, reparability
11 What Communication Tools? Examples of practical aids to supplement conventional press action.A Media Kit for members which could contain:Messaging Advice; Facts & Figures; Stock PhrasesFactsheetHigh-profile Brand Example List detailing Product; Lifespan; Typical Cost e.g. Apple iPads, washing machines, laptops etc.BEUC press release archiveStatistics synopsisFor use with external stakeholders:Dedicated mini-website very ‘lay-user’ friendly upload cases etc.Gimmick for MEPs – e.g. a backwards ticking clock with obsolescence/sustainability message on rearAcademic study or related materials
12 Timeline Some elements Research - as soon as possible EU legislation: Hearing of new Commissioners in September 2014Work programme of new EP Committees(Preparation of ) Revision of ecodesign and energy labelling directivesContinuation of Revision of the consumer acquis ?