Ecological catastrophe and economic aberration are the body and spirit of programmed obsolescence. It is time to put an end to the appetite for the renewal of material goods generated by the marketing campaigns of the world's leading manufacturers. Some initiatives attempt to ward off this phenomenon, like the French company SEB, which has committed itself to its customers to repair all its products and to design them more simply. Similarly, Sweden is on the verge of halving its VAT for all repair-related activities, thereby reducing the waste of raw materials resources. The theme of the lifetime guarantee is developing, together with a better consumer empowerment.
Is the Commission in a position to explain its strategy of combating planned obsolescence?