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The European Commission supported the “right to repair”

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The European Commission supported the "right to repair"
The other day it became known that the European Commission supported the initiative introducing a "right to repair" for gadgets, including smartphones, tablets and computers. This initiative aims to make devices more durable and upgradeable. In addition, more recycled materials should be used in their production.
Those manufacturers who comply with the regulations will receive incentives. In addition, it is reported that it will become much easier for vendors to both sell and return older devices.
The problem is that many companies now create, in fact, disposable gadgets, and even with planned obsolescence. Unsold items, on the other hand, are often disposed of – now this will either be impossible to do at all, or disposal will be made more difficult.
The main goal of this project is to support the environment by the consumer electronics sector. In turn, the project is part of a global project to achieve climate neutrality by 2050. The changes proposed by the European Commission will affect not only electronics, but also manufacturers of textiles, plastics, packaging materials and products.
Now, if the initiative is supported by the European Parliament, the new rules will take effect next year.
True, the authors of the project did not clarify the mechanisms of its action. It is still unclear whether users will be able to repair their gadgets themselves, or whether repairs will only be performed at certified service centers.
Last year the EU introduced similar measures on appliances, including televisions and washing machines. Starting in 2021, appliance manufacturers will need to ensure the long-term performance of their devices. For example, a supplier will be required to provide parts for their devices for 10 years after sale. The new rules apply to washing machines, refrigerators, dishwashers and lighting fixtures. They were adopted after complaints from appliance owners whose appliances failed after the warranty period expired.
Another positive thing is that the EU is now introducing a single standard for chargers for various gadgets, which will reduce the amount of electronic waste generated. Often these are chargers that are thrown away because they do not meet the new standards.
In other countries, the right to repair is also beginning to be gradually implemented. In the United States, for example. For many years, Apple has been trying to make it harder for users to repair their devices, and the cost of repairs at Apple service centers is sometimes comparable to the price of the gadget being repaired.
Apple is now gradually changing its policy, allowing third-party service centers to provide repair services for its devices. In addition, independent service centers will not be imposed by the company’s policy on proprietary service methodology. Repair shops will be able to do the work at their own discretion – if the loop fails, they will replace it, not half or even the entire device.

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