Directive 2005/32/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 6 July 2005 establishing a framework for the setting of ecodesign requirements for energy-using products
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Objective(s):The Directive 2005/32/EC on eco-design requirements foresees the possibility for industry to establish ecodesign requirements for energy-using products. The objective of the Directive is to ensure the free movement of energy-using products in the Internal Market and to contribute both to environmental protection policy and to security of energy supply. The adopted framework does not create immediate obligations, but only sets the general principles and criteria for the establishment of eco-design requirements, leaving the development and adoption of implementing measures for individual products to the Commission assisted by a regulatory committee. It also provides that the Commission shall refrain from adopting such implementing measures where the industry established alternative mechanisms and where such mechanisms are likely to deliver the policy objectives faster or less costly than mandatory requirements. The admissibility of self-regulatory initiatives is evaluated on the basis of a non-exhaustive list of indicative criteria provided in Annex VIII: openness of participation, added value, representativeness, quantified and staged objectives, monitoring and reporting compliance, involvement of civil society, transparency, cost-effectiveness, sustainability and incentive compatibility. The alternative mechanisms must of course also be in conformity with all provisions of the Treaty (in particular Internal Market and competition rules), as well as with the international engagements of the Community, including multilateral trade rules. (Pm: the reference to self-regulation is not to be taken literally; measures taken by third parties in the framework of a legal act must be considered as part of a co-regulation scheme).
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