MEPs oppose Commission plan for EU ecolabel

European Parliament committee votes against European Ecolabel Organisation

The European Parliament's environment committee thrust a spoke in the wheels of the European Commission's planned new-look for the EU ecolabel scheme this week, voting down a Commission proposal to create a semi-independent European Ecolabel Organisation. MEPs believe the organisation would be too expensive, and say that the Commission should continue to administer the scheme as well as reducing the costs to business. In place of the current system, under which companies applying for an ecolabel pay 0.15% of product turnover, the committee voted for a system of banded payments under which the fee would be Ecu500 for products turning over up to Ecu0.5m, Ecu2000 for products with a turnover of Ecu0.5-2m, and a maximum of Ecu5000 for products with a turnover of over Ecu2m. The full Parliament is expected to vote on the committee's report at the end of April.

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