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Europe approves new rules on the right to repair

Il European Parliament has adopted new rules that aim to strengthen the consumers' right to repair of purchased goods, with the aim of reducing the production of technological waste in Europe. While several tech companies have improved the repairability of their products in recent years, these regulations aim to standardize the industry and make repairs easier for users.

Right to repair: Europe approves the new directives

Tech companies need to make it easier to repair the devices we buy — at least according to the EU. The directive passes with 584 votes in favor, 3 against and 14 abstentions, an overwhelming majority. However, the Council of the European Union will have to approve it before it comes into force. The Member Countries will then have two years to implement it.

René Repasi, member of the S&D Group in the European Parliament, said that with the new rules it will become “easier and cheaper to repair products instead of buying new and expensive ones. This is a significant achievement for Parliament and its commitment to empowering consumers in the fight against climate change.”

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Thanks to the new rules, consumers will be able to choose whether to replace or repair a product under warranty, with a'one year warranty extension in case of repairs. Companies will no longer be able toù refuse to repair a product calling into question contractual clauses, technical or economic problems or the lack of spare parts. They won't even be able to prevent it the use of printed or second-hand parts and they will have to repair the products even if they have already been repaired by third parties.

Furthermore, companies will have to apply “reasonable prices” to make repairs are attractive to consumers. And states will be able to give incentives to repair devices rather than replace them.

As HDBlog reports, the Right to Repair Europe collective thinks that it is necessary to better specify what “reasonable prices” are. Furthermore, he thinks that the regulations should also concern the industrial sector. But it seems like we are on the right track.

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