On Tuesday, the European Parliament adopted its negotiating position on the proposal through which the European Union seeks to strengthen consumers’ right to repair their electrical products. The representatives voted almost unanimously, with 590 yes votes (including all those who cast their votes). With Hungarian), the text was adopted by a majority of 15 votes, with 15 abstentions.
Even after the warranty expires, it is better to repair than replace
Connection from EP Based on During the legal warranty period
Sellers should give preference to repair if it is cheaper or at the same cost as replacing the goods,
Unless the repair is impractical or inconvenient for the consumer. Representatives also recommend that repairing the product extends the warranty period by one year.
Consumers will have the right to request repairs for products such as washing machines, vacuum cleaners, smartphones and bicycles even after the warranty expires.
Representatives will make the repair process more attractive by requiring manufacturers to provide a replacement device for the duration of the repair. If the product cannot be repaired, a refurbished product may be offered instead.
They will also help in repairing shops
EP wants independent repair shops, refurbishers and users to have access to all affordable parts, repair information and tools.
Online platforms will help consumers find local repair shops and dealers for refurbished products. Representatives recommend that consumers receive coupons and other financial incentives to make repairs.
With Tuesday’s vote, the European Parliament adopted its own position, on the basis of which it can negotiate with the Council of national governments. The body of member states has already accepted its mandate, so they can begin negotiating the final joint version, which they will then have to formally vote on.