This is an HTML version of an attachment to the Freedom of Information request 'Meeting with DigitalEurope on Common Charger'.

Ref. Ares(2019)1657154 - 13/03/2019
Cost of compliance in the EU
EU companies in the computing, 
reduction on the cost of 
multimedia & telephony sectors pay 
€3.99 bn
€3.99 billion for compliance every year 
indicating compliance
Indicating compliance information 
€112 M
represents 20% of the total cost
Saving per year in Europe
€797 M
e-labelling in the world
56% of the global economy has already adopted 
with the EU %
e-labelling.  This is about 50% of the world’s 
population, including countries such as:
, 78% of 
the global economy 
or E
would be covered by 
What do Market Surveillance 
Authorities think?
50% 75% of Market Surveillance Authorities 
believe that e-labelling would have a 
significant positive environmental impact
of the market surveillance 
authorities surveyed 
believe that e-labelling 
50% believe that e-labelling would improve 
would reduce their costs
the traceability & transparency of products
42% believe that e-labelling would make it 
easier to demonstrate compliance
e-labelling f
What do companies think?
of companies believe that e-labelling would 
75% improve the current situation
of companies surveyed 
would use e-labelling if 
believe that e-labelling would have a 
the EU was to adopt it
positive environmental impact
Source:  VVA, study for the introduction of an e-labelling scheme in the EU, 
Cost-Benefit Analysis,  22/06/2018

What is e-labelling?
e-labelling (or electronic labelling) is an alternative for indicating market compliance. Many countries – 
together representing over 56% of the world’s economy and 46% of the world’s population – have already 
adopted e-labelling schemes. The European Union, on the other hand, still relies exclusively on physical 
marking on devices. 
Example of electronic labelling:
A label embedded in the software 
QR code or other machine-readable 
of devices with built-in screen or 
code (surface labelling) for equipment 
devices without a built-in screen 
without an in-built screen and that 
but that can be connected to a 
cannot be connected to a screen. This 
screen. This label can be accessed in 
code links to a web page, which can be 
maximum three steps, for instance 
updated and may include additional 
by entering a specific code into the 
device, even when locked.
What is the next step?
The European Union is the last major economic power that does not allow the electronic display of 
market compliance. If the EU was to adopt e-labelling, European businesses could digitally indicate market 
compliance in over 78% of the world’s economy. 
Providing the CE mark or other compliance information in an electronic format seems a more logical and 
cost-effective alternative than physically marking products. 
It is time to bring labelling into the digital age by giving manufacturers the option to choose whether to 
electronically or physically mark their products – a truly low hanging digital fruit.
€112 million in saving per year 
76% of European businesses 
in Europe or 14% of the cost of 
surveyed would adopt e-labelling if 
indicating compliance
over 70% of market surveillance 
50% of market surveillance 
authorities & businesses 
authorities believe that e-labelling 
believe that e-labelling would 
would result in cost reduction for 
have a positive impact on the 
This is why DIGITALEUROPE strongly supports amendment 241 on electronic labelling 
to the proposed compliance & enforcement regulation. This amendment will ensure 
that the Single Market finally catches-up with the global practice of e-labelling by 
adding a simple electronic option and more flexibility for manufacturers when meeting 
their marking and information obligations.
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