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Eco-design Directive revision adopted in Parliament

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The Proposal for a Directive establishing a framework for the setting of eco-design requirements for energy related products was voted on 24 April 2009 in the European Parliament. The Proposal was adopted in first reading by 394 votes in favour to 13 against. Compromise amendment 24, which reflects the compromise reached between the European Parliament and the Council, was carried. The compromise widens the scope to all energy related products which have an impact on energy consumption during use. It aims to ensure that energy and resource efficiency are measured throughout the whole life cycle of the product. Rapporteur Magor Imre Csibi (Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe, Romania) suggested that, when reviewed in 2012, the proposed Directive should be extended to all products. The Commission indicated it will examine the question, but gave no guarantees that this would happen. The compromise also gives priority to voluntary agreements or self regulation measures and limits public action. Buildings and construction products remain within the scope, but the list of priority groups will be specified through implementing measures. To that purpose the European Commission must establish a working plan by 21 October 2011 setting out, for the following 3 years, the list of priority product groups for the adoption of implementing measures. The European Commission must carry out appropriate consultation with stakeholders including industry (consultation forum). The Directive will not be for products covered by other legislation that can achieve the same objectives.

Final adoption is expected by the Energy Council on 11 June 2009.