Das Europäische Parlament hat am 25. November 2020 die Resolution „Auf dem Weg zu einem nachhaltigeren Binnenmarkt für Unternehmen und Verbraucher (2020/2021(INI))“ (Resolution Englisch, Resolution Deutsch). Diese unterstützt den Aktionsplan Kreislaufwirtschaft der Europäischen Kommission. Ziel der Resolution ist es, den EU-Binnenmarkt nachhaltiger zu gestalten, dazu sollen unter anderem langlebige und reparierbare Produkte gefördert, der Second Hand Markt angekurbelt und Greenwashing bekämpft werden (weitere Informationen hier).

Ecorpeneur.eu, der europäische Dachverband von UnternehmensGrün e.V., hat die Resolution bewertet:

– 13.  Stresses the importance of boosting circular economy and sustainable business models to minimise the destruction of goods and promote repair and reuse; calls on the Commission to encourage the use of such models while keeping them cost efficient and attractive and guaranteeing a high level of consumer protection, and to encourage Member States to raise awareness of these models through educational campaigns and training for both consumers and businesses; stresses the importance of R&D investments in this area;

– Excellent that the EP supports the “right to repair”, reuse etc, and green and sustainable procurement, however this is not really a surprise anymore and was already reflected in the CEAP

– whereas the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated the need to establish new and more resilient business models and to support European businesses, especially small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), micro-enterprises and the self-employed;

– N.  whereas a sustainable single market requires effective market surveillance to ensure proper enforcement of these rules, in which market surveillance and customs authorities play a key role;

– 5.  Points out that sustainable consumption goes hand in hand with sustainable production and that economic operators should be encouraged to consider the durability of products and services from the design stage and when placed or provided on the internal market, so as to ensure a safe, sustainable, cost-efficient and attractive choice for consumers; calls on the Commission to propose measures, differentiating between categories of products and for sectors with a significant environmental impact, that will improve products’ durability, including their estimated lifespan, reusability, upgradability, reparability and recyclability;

  1.  […] supporting the innovation efforts of the private sector and the digitalisation processes of public tenders and setting the right incentives for boosting sustainable production and consumption; calls for priority to be given to stimulating demand for eco-friendly goods and services with a smaller environmental footprint and promoting social and environmental criteria;

– 28.  Highlights the role that green and social procurement could play in shortening supply chains, reducing dependence on third countries and fostering sustainability in crucial sectors such as those producing medicinal products, energy and food; calls for effective reciprocity in public procurement with third countries and for adequate access to public procurement for SMEs, as well as social economy enterprises, to be guaranteed by introducing, inter alia, preferential award criteria;

New information:

  • whereas consumers are ready to embark on the journey towards a circular economy and are three times more likely to buy a product if it is labelled as more durable and repairable according to the Commission’s 2018 behavioural study