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EU votes to support Right to Repair

by on26 November 2020

Apple might be a little worried

The European Parliament voted to support consumers' Right to Repair.

The resolution was adopted with 395 in favour and just 94 against, with 207 abstentions.

French MEP David Cormand said that by adopting this report, the European Parliament sent a clear message – harmonised mandatory labelling indicating durability and tackling premature obsolescence at EU level are the way forward.

The vote calls for the EU Commission to "develop and introduce mandatory labelling, to provide clear, immediately visible and easy to understand information to consumers on the estimated lifetime and reparability of a product at the time of purchase".

The EU motion calls for a repair score, like the scores that iFixit has been assigning to gadgets for the past fifteen years.

According to a recent EU survey, 77 percent of EU citizens would rather repair their devices than replace them; 79 percent think that manufacturers should be legally obliged to facilitate the repair of digital devices or the replacement of their individual parts.

Matthias Huisken, Director of Advocacy for iFixit Europe, said" "This is a huge win for consumers across Europe. This vote will set in motion a wave of new repair-friendly policies, from repair scores at retail to product longevity disclosures."

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