A relaunched European circular economy package should make concessions for businesses involved in repair activities, said the European Environmental Bureau (EEB).
A report by the EEB, a cross-country federation of around 140 environmental non-governmental organisations, called on the European Commission to set policies that promote “durability and reparability of products”.
It said: “Making repair cheaper should be possible by reducing VAT on repair activities through the VAT Directive.”
It also called for changes to be made to the EU directives for waste, ecodesign, WEEE and batteries to ensure products are designed to make them easier to repair.
Other demands include setting a separate “preparation for reuse” target for EU member states in addition to those on recycling.
The report was published in an attempt to sway politicians ahead of the launch of a new circular economy package.
Speaking at the 2015 European Circular Economy Conference in Brussels on 5 March, EU environment commissioner Karmenu Vella reaffirmed his intention to press ahead with a series of waste policies which he withdrew last year in order to make them “more ambitious”.
He said new country-specific recycling targets would be proposed by the end of the year, along with proposals covering product design, reuse and repair.
The EEB said the 70% target included in the withdrawn package for recycling should be reinstated in the relaunched package.