PRESS RELEASE: Cyprus furniture association PASYVEX hosts EFIC members in Cyprus
4 October, 2023
Brussels, 4 October 2023 – Representatives of the European furniture industry convened last week in Protaras, Cyprus, to attend the European Furniture Industries Confederation’s (EFIC) Extraordinary General Assembly, hosted by the EFIC member PASYVEX, the Cyprus Furniture & Woodworking Industry Association.
PRESS RELEASE: Ecodesign for Sustainable Products Regulation: European Furniture industry welcomes European Parliament plenary vote
14 July, 2023
Brussels, 14 July 2023 - The European furniture industry, represented by the European Furniture Industries Confederation (EFIC), welcomes the European Parliament’s plenary vote of 12 July on the Ecodesign for Sustainable Products Regulation (ESPR) and supports the EU’s ambitions to make sustainable products the norm.
PRESS RELEASE: European Furniture Industries Confederation (EFIC) welcomes Spanish UNEmadera in its membership
10 July, 2023
Brussels, 10 July 2023 – The European Furniture Industries Confederation (EFIC) is pleased to welcome in its membership the Union of Spanish Wood and Furniture companies, UNEmadera, effective as of July 2023.
PRESS RELEASE: EFIC General Assembly takes place in Alicante in the framework of a cooperation agreement on IP rights protection
5 July, 2023
Brussels, 5 July 2023 – Representatives of the furniture industry convened last week in Alicante to attend the European Furniture Industries Confederation’s (EFIC) General Assembly, hosted by the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) in the context of a joint collaboration between the EUIPO and EFIC initiated in 2021. Through EUIPO’s network Ideas Powered for Business, which EFIC is part of, EFIC and EUIPO work closely together to raise awareness about tools to protect design and Intellectual Property (IP) rights. Design is a key aspect for the furniture industry and the protection of intangible contents remains a priority to preserve its competitiveness.
Joint Statement: Green Deal ambition and ESPR threatened by lacking rules for online sales
In this joint statement, united NGOs and European industry warn that online sellers could escape the EU’s new product sustainability requirements using the E-market loopholes. This affects online sales of textiles, electronics, furniture, cosmetics and any product that would be covered by the Eco-design for Sustainable Product Regulation (ESPR).
PRESS RELEASE: European Year of Skills: The European woodworking and furniture social partners address in a high-level meeting with EU institutions and experts the common challenge of staff shortages, as well as skills and training needs in both sectors to support the green and digital transition
In the context of the European Year of Skills, on 13 February, the Woodworking and Furniture European Social Partners, CEI-Bois, EFBWW and EFIC organised a dedicated expert meeting on challenges and perspectives for skills and training in both sectors. High-level speakers investigated cross border collaboration between training institutes, companies and trade unions and explored the question of the future of work, in a context where shortages of staff and boosting the attractiveness of both industries are a common challenge and where new skills needs are emerging due to the green and digital transitions.
Joint Statement: The European Woodworking and Furniture Social Partners welcome the new EU forest strategy passed by the European Parliament on 13 September 2022: A new EU Forest Strategy for 2030 –
Sustainable Forest Management in Europe
The European Social Partners welcome the new EU Forest Strategy and commit themselves to implement the various aspects of the Forest Strategy by informing their national members; by supporting concrete measures on regional or even company level and by its implementation via national agreements.
We stress the importance of strengthening cooperation as regards implementing the new EU Forest Strategy for 2030 and hope the European Commission will take into account all stakeholders in its development.
EFIC looks forward to contributing to the Commission’s High-Level Forum on European standardisation
EFIC is pleased to be represented in the High-Level Forum on European Standardisation set up by the European Commission to identify standardisation priorities in support of EU policies and legislation.
The forum was formally inaugurated by Commissioner Breton on 20 January.
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Press release: 2023 European Year of Skills: investing in people in the woodworking and furniture Social Partners commitment
The woodworking and furniture European social partners plan to engage in the “2023 European Year for skills” by holding a dedicated expert meeting on 13 February 2023 in the framework of their joint woodworking and furniture Sector Social Dialogue and producing a European best practices brochure to celebrate the commitment of our industries on skills while inspiring new initiatives and commitments by our industries for the next working generations.
Joint statement: Considerations of the European forest-based industries on the proposal for a regulation on deforestation and forest degradation adopted by the European Parliament
EFIC co signed a joint paper issed by the European forest-based industries sharing considerations on the proposal for a regulation on deforestation-free value chains adopted by the the Plenary of the European Parliament on the 13 September 2022
European Furniture Industries Confederation position on the Commission proposal for an Ecodesign for Sustainable Products Regulation
The European furniture industry is following closely Green Deal initiatives aimed at making circular economy the norm, such as the Sustainable Products Initiative (SPI). As such, building on the EFIC position on the SPI of June 2021, we welcome the possibility to provide our views on the Ecodesign for Sustainable Products Regulation (ESPR) proposal.
First edition of the EFIC Furniture Days on 19 May paves the way for an ever closer collaboration in the furniture value chain and reinforces industry commitment to circularity objectives
May 23, 2022
On 19 May the European Furniture Industries Confederation hosted the ‘Furniture Day 2022’, an event organised to create a cross value chain discussion about the furniture industry, its future competitiveness and positive societal impact. Policymakers, furniture industry and supply chain representatives debated about the impact of the pandemic and the war in Ukraine on the furniture value chain, as well as about the opportunities of unlocking the twin transition – circular economy and digitalisation.
EFIC formally welcomes Turkish federation MOSFED as a member
April 1, 2022
The European Furniture Industries Confederation is glad to confirm the membership of the Turkish Federation of Furniture Associations - MOSFED in EFIC as the main representative of Turkey in EFIC, replacing MOSDER.
MOSFED was established in 2014 as the ''umbrella organisation'' of the furniture industry. Today, the federation gathers a wide production and sales network from every region of Turkey and it is the voice of 36 thousand furniture manufacturers and 60 thousand furniture merchandisers.
European furniture industry ready to embark on the journey to make sustainable products the norm
March 31, 2022
The European Commission published yesterday its long-awaited proposal for a Regulation on Ecodesign for Sustainable Products, extending the scope of the current Ecodesign framework to cover the broadest possible range of products.
The furniture industry is ready to collaborate with policymakers and other stakeholders in this journey to provide sector-specific expertise.
EFIC recently established the ‘EFIC Cluster of Clusters’, offering a new type of associated membership in EFIC to clusters active in the furniture industry.
February 22, 2022
The platform will be dedicated to discussing innovation in the furniture sector and co-coordinated together with associated EFIC member Cenfim.
EFIC warmly welcomes new associated members under the Cluster of Clusters: Distretto Interni Design (dID) from Tuscany (Italy), the Wood Furniture Home Cluster FVG from Friuli Venezia Giulia (Italy), and the Wood Industry Cluster from Slovenia.
If you are a furniture cluster and want to know more about EFIC associated membership within Cluster of Clusters, don’t hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The European Furniture Industries Confederation (EFIC) and the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) signed a collaboration to generate awareness of intellectual property to national furniture associations and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
February 1, 2022
This collaboration, in the context of supporting European SMEs, highlights the measures necessary for design protection. This is of particular interest to businesses in an industry in which design is key – giving companies a competitive advantage - and the threats of counterfeiting and unfair competition are everyday realities.
The European furniture industries co-signs the joint position paper ''Establishing an EU harmonised system to provide consumers with understandable and clear sorting instructions for packaging waste''
December 17, 2021
EFIC co-signed a cross-industry position paper led by Europen (the European Organisation for Packaging and the Environment) to support an EU harmonised scheme for consumer sorting instructions on packaging, in view of the upcoming revision of the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive.
The European furniture industries come together in Milan on the occasion of the SuperSalone
September 8, 2021
On the occasion of the Salone del Mobile, one of the flagship events of the furniture sector, representatives of the industry convened in Milan to attend the European Furniture Industries Confederation’s (EFIC) Board meeting, hosted by FederlegnoArredo. The meeting featured special guest Mr. Andrea Di Carlo, Deputy Executive Director at EUIPO, the European Union Intellectual Property Office.
EFIC position on Sustainable Products Initiative on the latest edition of the World Furniture International Markets Review
August 31, 2021
In its latest edition of the World Furniture International Markets Review, CSIL features the EFIC position on the upcoming sustainable products initiative, providing policymakers with recommendations on the future legislative proposal
EFIC co-signs a joint industry call for an EU approach to packaging waste labelling
June 24, 2021
Sustainable Products Initiative
European furniture industry insights Position paper accompanying input to open public consultation
June 8, 2021
Today EFIC issues its position paper accompanying the input of the European furniture industries to open public consultation on the upcoming Sustainable Products Initiative (SPI).
EFIC welcomes CENFIM-Furnishings Cluster in its membership as an associated member
May 20, 2021
Today, EFIC welcomes CENFIM-Furnishings Cluster in its membership as an associated member. CENFIM is a cluster founded in 2006 as a non-profit entity, with headquarters in Spain and over 140 associated members. CENFIM’s mission is to promote the competitiveness of furniture and interior products companies through innovation. CENFIM has three areas of activities: innovation (digitization, sustainability and shared value), vocational training (new skills need detection and trainings content development) and market intelligence (collaborative projects).
EFIC and EFBWW joint declaration on Healthy and Safe Workplaces
April 29, 2021
With this joint declaration the European Furniture Industries Confederation (EFIC) and the European Federation of Building and Woodworkers (EFBWW) support the recognition of healthy and safe workplaces as a fundamental right
as stated by the International Labour Organization (ILO). A global consensus for such a change will encourage
the application of good occupational health and safety standards and discourage countries and
companies from seeking competitive advantage based on substandard conditions and practices.
COVID-19: European furniture sector under pressure calls on EU institutions and Member States for coordinated response across Europe
April 23, 2021
The European furniture sector expresses concerns over an unharmonised response across the EU to the coronavirus pandemic, which is bringing uncertainty and difficulties. In addition to the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic, the furniture and bedding industries are also faced with reduced availability of raw materials, a considerable increase of raw material prices, as well as bottlenecks over logistics.