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"Involvement of Civil Society in Market Surveillance of Ecodesign and Energy Labelling" (MARKETWATCH)

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National authorities in Member States have their role to play in verifying compliance and sanctioning free riders. However, these activities are not the only condition and opportunity for creating a much more compelling climate of compliance and removing free riders’ sense of impunity. Civil society stakeholders can play a substantial role, provided they build more capacity, ramp up their expertise in this field and collaborate more at EU level. This project aims to increase the involvement of civil society in market surveillance activities related to Ecodesign and Energy Labelling, with the ultimate goal to increase the level of compliance in the EU. The project includes a number of specific activities and operations that civil society organisations will conduct towards this objective, including large campaigns of verification of the proper implementation by manufacturers and retailers of some of the Ecodesign and Energy Labelling requirements through physical and on-line shop visits.

Results

  • Raise awareness in the civil society community on the importance of the enforcement of Ecodesign and Energy Labelling regulations, as well as better centralise and share their practices in this area
  • Conduct large campaigns of verification of the proper implementation by manufacturers and retailers of some of the Ecodesign and Energy Labelling requirements through physical and on-line shop visits
  • Use and mobilise test activities from independent organisations (such as private endorsement organisations and consumer associations) to draw interesting conclusions on suspicious products or brands and on the pertinence of official measurement standards
  • Engage in a regular and constructive dialogue with national authorities in order to stimulate and inspire them, as well as establish procedures to better take into account the activities and findings from civil society organisations in market surveillance
  • Use targeted and escalating communication means (one of the key strengths of NGOs) to substantially increase the pressure on suspicious cases and free riders identified in the previous tasks; the communication procedure will be carefully established so that any naming and shaming in the media is based on perfectly sound data
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The Energy Saving Trust Limited
United Kingdom
Contact point: 
Name: 
Mrs Emilie Carmichael
Name: 
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Name: 
Frances Downy
Tel: 
+44(0)20 7227 0387
Name: 
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Duration:
29/03/2013 to 29/03/2016
Contract number: 
IEE/12/858

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