Members' Research Service By / September 21, 2023

Right to repair: Strengthened consumer rights [EU Legislation in Progress]

Discarded products are often viable goods that could be repaired but are thrown away prematurely. According to the European Commission the premature disposal of viable consumer goods generates 261 million tons of CO2-equivalent emissions, uses 30 million tonnes of resources and results in 35 million tonnes of waste in the EU every year.

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Written by Anne Altmayer (2nd edition, updated on 16.11.2023).

On 30 March 2023, the European Commission presented a proposal for a directive on common rules promoting the repair of goods. The proposed directive aims to mitigate current patterns of business and consumption, marked by frequent and premature replacement and discarding of goods.

The proposal seeks to save costs for consumers and facilitate the development of a resource-efficient circular economy. The proposed directive would apply to the repair of goods within and outside the legal guarantee. In the European Parliament, the file has been referred to the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO), with René Repasi (S&D, Germany) appointed as rapporteur.

In October 2023, IMCO adopted its report on the proposal, in which it suggests improving the attractiveness of repair by reducing the level of inconvenience for consumers, and strengthening the repair market. Furthermore, the report suggests that the legal guarantee period be extended by one year for repaired products. The report will be debated during the November II 2023 plenary session, with a view to setting Parliament’s position for trilogue negotiations with the Council.


Proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on common rules promoting the repair of goods and amending Regulation (EU) 2017/2394, Directives (EU) 2019/771 and (EU) 2020/1828
Committee responsible:Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO)COM(2023) 155
Rapporteur:René Repasi (S&D, Germany)2023/0083(COD)
Shadow rapporteurs:Arba Kokalari (EPP, Sweden)
Catharina Rinzema (Renew, the Netherlands)
Anna Cavazzini (Greens/EFA, Germany)
Beata Mazurek (ECR, Poland)
Anne-Sophie Pelletier (The Left, France)
Ordinary legislative procedure
(COD) (Parliament and Council
on equal footing – formerly ‘co-decision’)
Next steps expected: Vote on committee report in plenary

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