On 17 May 2018, the European Commission adopted a proposal for a new regulation on the labelling of tyres for the purposes of fuel efficiency, safety, and noise reduction. This would repeal and replace the 2009 Tyre Labelling Regulation (TLR), while maintaining and reinforcing most of its key provisions. The proposed regulation seeks to increase consumer awareness of the tyre label and improve market surveillance and enforcement of TLR provisions across the EU Member States. It would oblige suppliers to display the tyre label in all forms of purchase, including where the tyre is not physically shown in the store and where it is sold online or on a long-distance basis.
The measures which the Commission has established to achieve the 2020 an 2030 energetic efficiency targets include a focus on greener product design (“ecodesign”) and consumer information (through energy labelling). The European Court of Auditors has recently launched a performance audit of the ecodesign and energy labelling legislation.
Concerns the new 2019-2021 work plan to review the operation and implementation of the WTO’s Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT), with several mentions of EU policies including eco-design and transitional periods for minimum residue in pesticides.