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Commission proposes revision of Eco-label Regulation

The European Commission has proposed a major revision of the Community's Eco-label award scheme (Regulation 880/92). The experience gained with the scheme in the four years of its operation has led the Commission to propose a number of measures aimed at streamlining and improv...
The European Commission has proposed a major revision of the Community's Eco-label award scheme (Regulation 880/92). The experience gained with the scheme in the four years of its operation has led the Commission to propose a number of measures aimed at streamlining and improving the award scheme.

Major changes proposed include:

- The introduction of a graduated label;
- The establishment of an independent European Eco-label Organization to develop eco-label criteria;
- Increased complementarity between the EC scheme and national schemes;
- The introduction of a ceiling for the annual fee charged for the use of the label and a reduced fee for SMEs and manufacturers from developing countries;
- Insurance that the eco-label is a guarantee of reduced environmental impact.

The eco-label scheme is one element of a wider Community strategy aimed at promoting sustainable production and consumption. To date, criteria have been published for ten product groups and more than 45 products have been awarded the eco-label. The proposed revision would make the scheme more effective, efficient and transparent. This revision is foreseen in the original Regulation, with provision for revision within five years of the entry into force.
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