EU auditors flag shortcomings in ecodesign and labelling rules

While EU rules on ecodesign and energy labelling have led to efficiency gains, their effectiveness has been compromised by regulatory delays, flawed testing methodology and lax enforcement, the European Court of Auditors says in a new report.

While the European Commission's selection of product classes has been basically sound, avoidable delays in drafting the rules mean they are “likely to be outdated and energy labels no longer relevant to help consumers differentiate between the best and worst performing products” by the time they take effect.

One reason for this was the EU executive's decision to adopt ecodesign measures as a package, and the ensuing delays seen under the former Juncker commission. This bundling approach, the ECA said, led to delays in addressing some product groups that were in fact ready to be regulated.

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