EFIC calls for harmonised standards and free trade

19.12.2019 − 

The European Furniture Industries Confederation (EFIC) released a manifesto containing a variety of calls for action by EU decision-makers in November. The manifesto for the European Parliament’s current legislative period from 2019 to 2024 focuses on a number of issues: harmonising standards, conformity assessments, certifications and product labelling at EU level that would create a level playing on the EU internal market, promoting the circular economy and recycling as well as the gradual phase-out of harmful chemicals.

The EFIC said that areas where not enough harmonisation currently exists include formaldehyde and flame retardants, which are subject to different rules in EU countries, and patchy implementation of due diligence systems required under the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR). The four-page EFIC manifesto also delves into the shortage of skilled workers and the need to provide financial support for SMEs.

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