Commission accused of weakening ecodesign rules

Environmental groups have accused the European Commission of weakening proposals to make consumer appliances more durable and easily repairable after lobbying by industry

Environmental groups have accused the European Commission of weakening proposals to make consumer appliances more durable and easily repairable after lobbying by industry.

The Brussels-based European Environmental Bureau umbrella group said on Monday that in the latest draft of the ecodesign and energy labelling regulations the Commission had abandoned plans to ensure products such as lighting, displays, washing machines, dishwashers and fridges, last longer.

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