Looking smart

The Ecodesign Preparatory Study on Smart Appliances (Lot 33) has just published its final report on Tasks 1-6. Task 7 will be the policy and scenario analysis. As we have previously reported this has been a diffuse and ever-changing discussion. The Study began with a rather vague idea of what “smart” should mean and has tried to identify how to[...]

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Durability again

A report on developing longer product lifetimes was recently debated by the European Parliament’s IMCO Committee. This one only had 225 amendments tabled. The debate reflected the divergent views on other legislative proposals, such as the contract law mentioned above. It is suggested that while the Directive for on-line sales could keep the two-year limit on claiming as a baseline,[...]

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Distance selling

On 21 March the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee of the European Parliament (IMCO) considered the latest amendments to draft legislation for consumer contacts on-line. Members had tabled 346 amendments to the Commission’s draft, among which were suggestions for more consumer choice as to remedies; extended time limits for making claims, reinstating a time limit on consumers notifying retailers,[...]

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Industrial strategy

The new Government Department for Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is consulting on a Green Paper on how the UK should develop its industrial strategy. AMDEA was one of 25 Trade Associations attending a roundtable organised by the Confederation of British Industry this month to talk to BEIS about what matters for their members. Obviously, those who represent small British-owned[...]

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