Parliament adopts position on EU’s green construction product rules

(EurActiv, 12 Jul 2023) The European Parliament passed new rules on Tuesday (12 July) to standardise construction products in the EU, amid criticism from the Greens who say the law does nothing to transform the industry.

Last year, the European Commission proposed a revamp of the 2011 rules governing intra-EU trade in construction products, one of the bloc’s biggest industries.

Existing standard-setting rules are largely considered outdated, while the construction industry struggles in the face of high interest rates, skyrocketing material prices and low productivity.

“Now is the time to prevent overregulation,” said Christian Doleschal, a Bavarian EU lawmaker and lead negotiator on the proposal, who has shown openness to the industry’s views

On Tuesday (12 July), the European Parliament backed his negotiation mandate with 498 votes in favour and 124 against, paving the way for talks with EU countries to finalise the reform.

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