Liikanen plays "good cop bad cop" on regulation

EU industry commissioner insists more environmental laws needed, urges firms to complain of costs

EU industry commissioner Erkki Liikanen has sought to calm fears among electronics and appliance makers over a stream of environment and product policy regulations affecting the sector that are due to emerge over the coming months. In a speech on Friday the commissioner stoutly defended the proposals while urging firms to be vocal over how much they will cost to implement.

Meanwhile there are indications that the unpopular "triple-E" directive on greener electronics design (EED 19/09/02) is to be merged with other initiatives, possibly with a draft directive on energy efficiency in end-use equipment (EUE) (EED 12/08/02).

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