Members' Research Service By / June 17, 2022

Empowering consumers for the green transition [EU Legislation in Progress]

On 30 March 2022, the Commission published a proposal for a directive empowering consumers for the green transition through better protection against unfair practices and better information.

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Written by Nikolina Šajn (1st edtion).

On 30 March 2022, the Commission published a proposal for a directive empowering consumers for the green transition, through better protection against unfair practices and better information. The proposal is designed to enhancing consumer rights in making informed choices in order to play an active role in the transition to a climate-neutral society. It proposes new rules to provide consumers with information on products’ sustainability, in particular their durability and reparability, at the point of purchase. It also aims to promote commercial guarantees exceeding the two-year legal guarantee, as well as to ban false and misleading green claims (‘greenwashing’) and certain types of premature obsolescence of products.

In the European Parliament, the file has been referred to the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection. In the Council, discussions have started in the working party on consumer protection and information.

Version

Proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directives 2005/29/EC and 2011/83/EU as regards empowering consumers for the green transition through better protection against unfair practices and better information
Committee responsible:Internal Market and Consumer ProtectionCOM(2022) 143
30.3.2022
Rapporteur:Biljana Borzan (S&D, Croatia)2022/0092(COD)
Shadow rapporteurs:Arba Kokalari (EPP, Sweden)
David Cormand (Greens/EFA, France)
Ordinary legislative
procedure (COD)
(Parliament and Council
on equal footing –
formerly ‘co-decision’)
Next steps expected: Publication of draft report
Stage: National parliaments


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