4/16/2013

Law project agaisnt Planned Obsolescence in the French senate


Last 24th of march, Jean-Vincent Placé, president of Europe Écologie Les Verts (EELV), submitted to Senate a new law proposition so as to protect more the consumer against Planned obsolescence. The proposal includes a wide range of actions, like increasing the legal warranty of products, ensuring the replacement parts supply or harmonizing the eco-contribution1 with the duration of the product.

The proposition is discussed nets 23th of April. If it is approved, french justice will consider Planned Obsolescence as a crime, punishable with up to 10 years of jail and fines that can amount to 37.500€.

In broad strokes, these are its 7 articles:

1st Defines Planned Obsolescence as the set of techniques used by a producer or importer used to reduce deliberately the duration of a product, and so increase its replacement rate.
2nd Prolongs conformity legal warranty from 2 to 5 years.
3rd Prolongs, from 6 months to 2 years, the timer during which the seller must respond for conformity faults, so that the consumer wouldn’t need to prove that the product had a factory default.
4th Ensures the essential replacement parts supply during a period of 10 years, and a sending time lesser than a month.
5th Proposes harmonizing eco-contribution1 with the useful life of the product.
6th Ensures that the consumer is informed about reusing, recycling and other ways to value discarded products.
7th Asks the government to write a report about the development and perspectives of french «functional economy»2.

Here you'll find the full text of the law proposal (in french), and here a copy of the article published in le Monde.


1 The eco-contribution (from french, éco-participation or taxe anticipée de recyclage) is a tax used to finance recycling, specially of electrical devices. It was implemented on 2005 by the french government so as to encourage producers to reduce the environmental impact of their products.
2 Functional economy, also called product-service system, is an economic model in which the products are as important as the result of their use and the service to consumer. So, firms mainly offer services instead of products, or, as they are called value-added products. Thereby, the earning is not only because of selling material products, as the user satisfaction doesn’t principally depend on them. And this fact lets firms make more sustainable politics while talking the relation between resources consumption and offered services.

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for this your activities! Very important that all these industrial producers NOT can continue to misuse the customers trust. Why did all suddenly turn into criminals? Is this a natural and logic effect of being a member in this European Union. If a government is corrupted, the population will follow their example.
    PS Why should you correct ur english? Not necessary.

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