Voluntary agreement rules "need strengthening"

Consumers’ group urges policy overhaul to ensure EU deals yield real environmental benefits

The EU must strengthen its rules on voluntary agreements because they are failing to deliver environmental improvements, consumers’ association Beuc has told the European commission. Among basic criteria the group says should be applied in future is the possibility of large fines against individual companies where targets are not met.

Beuc has long been sceptical of voluntary agreements. The group is proposing strengthened criteria now in view of possible further agreements to implement the 2005 energy-using products (EuP or eco-design) directive and to advance the EU’s integrated product policy (IPP) for greener products.

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