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European Economic and Social Committee opinion on the Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directives 2005/29/EC and 2011/83/EU as regards empowering consumers for the green transition through better protection against unfair practices and better information, COM(2022) 143 final - 2022/0092 COD.
stresses the need to make every effort to ensure that the information concerned is systematically made available to consumers;
urges the EC to be ambitious by putting into practice the principle of a reparability score for brown and whitegoods;
believes that the EC should push forward with the principle of simple and common labelling showing the durability of products in the coming years;
is of the opinion that training new repairers and upgrading the skills of current operators should also be encouraged;
also calls on Europe to reduce its dependence on raw materials in order to boost its ability to repair and equip itself with spare parts;
considers that consumers must be better protected against confusion between legal and commercial guarantees and believes that the primacy of repair over replacement with a new product should also be promoted but without limiting the consumer's free choice of remedy;
considers that these moves to empower consumers must go hand in hand with better protection against misleading advertising;
believes that greater powers to verify environmental claims are also needed;
believes that the European Commission must put greater emphasis on the European eco-label and the need for certification procedures for labelling;
calls on the EU to strengthen protection for whistleblowers on the environmental characteristics of products and
calls on the Commission to promote strong consumer awareness of the issues related to responsible consumption.