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Title    European Parliament Reaches A Deal On Right To Repair
Date    Thursday February 08, @12:48PM
Author    hubie
Topic   
from the dept.
https://soylentnews.org/politics/article.pl?sid=24/02/07/0157241

Arthur T Knackerbracket has processed the following story:

The European Parliament has reached a provisional deal on EU regulations to strengthen consumers' right to repair.

Negotiations over the bill have been ongoing for a while now - the rules were first proposed in March 2022, and the hope is that new requirements will be finalized in 2024.

The thinking is that consumers should be better informed about the lifespan and repairability of products before buying them, and there should be measures to boost repair after the legal guarantee period has expired.

All told, the bill looks set to bolster the repair sector. Manufacturers must make spare parts and tools available for "a reasonable price" and be prohibited from using contractual clauses or hardware or software blocks to obstruct repairs. While singling no company out specifically, the European Parliament said: "In particular, they should not impede the use of second-hand or 3D issued spare parts by independent repairers."

Other consumer rights in the deal include options for borrowing a device while their own is being repaired or opting for a refurbished unit, an additional one-year extension of the legal guarantee for repaired goods, and free online access to indicative repair prices.

Under the regulation, manufacturers must inform customers of the duty to repair and be obligated to fix "common household products," such as a washing machine or smartphone. The European Parliament has left open the possibility of adding more items over time.

[...] It will be a while before this all goes into effect, though. Once both Council and Parliament adopt the directive, member states will have 24 months to get it into national law.


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  1. "Arthur T Knackerbracket" - https://soylentnews.org/~Arthur+T+Knackerbracket/
  2. "following story" - https://www.theregister.com/2024/02/06/european_parliament_repair_rights/
  3. "bill" - https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/press-room/20240129IPR17216/deal-on-strengthening-consumers-right-to-repair
  4. "ongoing for a while now" - https://www.theregister.com/2023/09/21/right_to_repair/
  5. "Original Submission" - https://soylentnews.org/submit.pl?op=viewsub&subid=62026

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