The Ministry of Natural Resources proposed to introduce in Russia the norms of “rights to repair” similar to the European ones

The head of the Ministry of Natural Resources Alexander Kozlov appealed to Deputy Prime Minister Victoria Abramchenko with a request to consider the possibility of introducing in Russia the norms of the “right to repair”, similar to those that entered into force in the EU on March 1, 2021, the Izvestia newspaper reports, citing a letter from Mr. Kozlov. In particular, it is proposed to oblige manufacturers to produce spare parts for 7-10 years, as well as provide detailed instructions for their repair.

Mr. Kozlov, in his address, appealed to the national goal of the transition to a circular economy, Izvestia specifies. Ms Abramchenko instructed the Ministry of Industry and Trade and the Ministry of Economy to work out the possibility of adopting rules similar to European ones in Russia, including for smartphones with laptops, Deputy Prime Minister Marta Galicheva said to RBC.

Note that Ecodesign rules, which entered into force in the EU in March, apply only to displays, refrigerators, dishwashers and washing machines released after the document entered into force. Previously, similar regulations were imposed on servers and welding equipment. European legislation also obliges the provision of repair instructions to professional workshops, there is no such rule for end users.