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EU appliance eco-design talks to restart

The European parliament is set to begin its second-reading of the controversial draft energy-using products (EuP) directive after the council of ministers published its common position on the law on Tuesday. The ministerial stance was agreed politically in June (EED 11/06/04). The law would create a framework for the Commission to bring forward detailed EU-wide eco-design requirements for a host of product groups. At a first reading before the summer election MEPs called for third-party verification of compliance with future standards, better market surveillance, and flexibility for authorities to set tougher national standards. See EuP common position.

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