27 February 2020

Pressure mounts up for a right to repair for smartphones & computers

The Right to Repair campaign has been gaining momentum ever since its launch in September. The campaign co-led by ECOS has started the year with a series of actions to make smartphones and other ICT devices more repairable.

Aiming at setting the ambition for the forthcoming Circular Economy Action Plan 2.0 and the subsequent Ecodesign Working Plan 2020-2024, the actions include a dedicated petition, an open letter to the European Commissioners, a number of stunts in Europe’s major cities – including Brussels, Berlin and Barcelona – as well as reinforced social media outreach.

The petition, which has gathered over 14.000 signatures to date, calls on the European Commission to introduce minimum design requirements for smartphones and other ICT products without delay, addressing not only the ease of disassembly of these devices, but also the price of spare parts, accessibility of repair manuals, and the provision of long-term security updates – all in order to extend their lifetimes in support of Europe’s circular economy and climate objectives.

To find out more or to join the fight for your right to repair by signing the petition, please visit www.repair.eu

ECOS is co-funded by the European Commission and EFTA

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