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The European Union Eco-labelling board (EUEB)

The EUEB is the new central body of the scheme. It will consist of the Competent Bodies and the members of the Consultation Forum (representatives of consumer and environment NGOs, trade unions, industry, SMEs and commerce).

In practical terms, all existing partners together with UEAPME, representing the European small and medium enterprises (SMEs), will get the chance to interact within one common body. The future roles of the EUEB and the Commission have to be seen as highly complementary.

The EUEB will in particular contribute to the setting and reviewing of eco-label criteria. The Commission has a role as a steward of the scheme, in operating the EUEB secretariat.

The summary below tries to give you a quick overview of the rules of the procedures of the EUEB. For more details please consult the full document or your EUEB member.

Summary of EUEB procedures Roles: Setting the product group criteria, consulted on working plan, promotion. Composition: Competent Bodies (CBs) and interest groups. The EUEB may adapt the given membership as appropriate.

Chair: Rotating (generally following the EU Presidency), two vice-chairs (previous and next chair). The possibility exists for the EUEB to adopt another system.

Secretariat: The European Commission. EUEB meetings are organised by the chair, vice-chairs and the secretariat. Minutes can be accessed from the meetings held and meetings to come pages.

Criteria Setting for individual product groups

a) General (both for preparatory work and mandate execution):

  • EUEB selects the Lead Competent Body
  • Commission finances the Lead CB
  • Lead CB forms an ad hoc working group (ahwg) seeking balanced participation of all interested parties,
  • Competent Bodies seek opinions at national level of interested parties
  • Reasonable efforts to achieve consensus while aiming at high environmental protection.

b) Preparatory work

  • Initiative of the EUEB or at the request of the Commission
  • Apply general rules (above)
  • Check if product is in the scope of the Regulation, i.e. basically carry out feasibility and market study, life cycle considerations, improvement analysis (fully detailed requirements given)
  • If positive, request the Commission to give a mandate to finalise criteria.

c) Mandate to develop or revise criteria (i.e. new product group, or revise existing product group criteria)

  • Mandate received from Commission
  • Apply general rules (above)
  • Lead CB (ahwg) checks if preparatory work (see above) has been carried out, if not completes it
  • Lead CB presents work to the EUEB meetings, and indicates to the EUEB when the draft criteria are ready (likelihood of high level of support)
  • EUEB indicates to the Commission that the draft criteria are ready (likelihood of high level of support)
  • Commission considers the mandate fulfilled, or else indicates to the EUEB to continue work (the EUEB can indicate to the Commission if it cannot fulfil the mandate)

d) Mandate to review criteria (i.e. recommend to withdraw, prolong or revise criteria)

  • Mandate received from the Commission
  • Apply general rules (above)
  • Lead CB (+ ahwg) reviews past, present and likely future success
  • Lead CB presents work to the EUEB meetings, and recommends to the EUEB to prolong, withdraw or revise (likelihood of high level of support)
  • EUEB recommends to the Commission to prolong, withdraw or revise (likelihood of high level of support)
  • Commission agrees to withdraw (and acts accordingly), prolong (nothing needs to be done), or revise (in which case the EUEB continues to develop criteria following the procedure of the previous section), or else indicates to the EUEB to continue the review (the EUEB can indicate to the Commission if it cannot).

Input to Working plan: Draft suggestions, if proposing new priority product groups, carry out light preparatory work.

Other actions: Promotion of the eco-label, formation of working groups, harmonised application of criteria, adaptation of user manuals, guidelines and internal procedures.

Timing: The EUEB meetings will be convened by the chair. The general order in chairing the EUEB follows the Council Presidency and will therefore be:

CHAIR of the EU-Eco-labelling
Board will be held by
First semester
(January - June)
Second semester
(July - December)
2004 Ireland assisted by Italy and The Netherlands The Netherlands assisted by Ireland and Norway
2005 Norway assisted by The Netherlands and The United Kingdom United Kingdom assisted by Norway and Austria
2006 Austria assisted by the United Kingdom and Finland Finland assisted by Austria

As mentioned above, the roles of the EUEB and the Commission must be seen as highly complementary.

See also:

Commission Decision establishing the European Union Eco-Labelling Board and its rules of procedure

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