POSITION PAPERS

Joint paper on the French “Loi n° 2020-105 du 10 février 2020 relative à la lutte contre le gaspillage et à l'économie circulaire” and the corresponding enabling ‘décrets’ or ‘arrêté’

EFIC co-signed a joint industry paper coordinated by Amcham on the French legislation on Circular Economy of 10 February 2020 (Loi n° 2020-105 du 10 février 2020 relative à la lutte contre le gaspillage et à l'économie circulaire). We believe that a harmonisation of Circular Economy rules is needed at European level to avoid the fragmentation of the internal market.

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EFIC feedback to the Roadmap consultation: EU trade & investment policy review

The European furniture industries welcome the initiative of the European Commission to review the EU’s trade and investment policy and the opportunity to share views on the process. The European furniture industries are strongly oriented towards international trade, which must be open and rules-based. In its reply to the Roadmap consultation on EU Trade and investment policy review, EFIC addresses the following points:

- Regulatory cooperation

- Covid-19 impact and creating resilience

- World Trade Organisation

- Enhancing market access

- Custom control to fight illegitimate trade

- Enhanced cooperation with main partners

- Industrial policy & trade

-Trade supporting the green and digital transition

- Trade and the digital revolution

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EFIC feedback to the Roadmap consultation on

Chemical strategy for sustainability

The European furniture industries welcome initiatives to move towards a zero-pollution ambition for a toxic-free environment, helping to better protect citizens (workers, consumers) and the environment against hazardous chemicals and complementing efforts in the context of the Green Deal and Circular Economy. 

In its feedback to the Roadmap consultation on Chemical Strategy for sustainability, EFIC particularly stresses the importance of:

- Eliminating toxic substances from design phase;

- Taking a holistic approach on circular economy & resource efficiency vs. chemical content;

- Tracing chemicals;

- Evaluating efficacy and safety of chemicals;

- Ensuring a level playing field and equal treatment / market surveillance;

- Considering the case for flame retardant free furniture.

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EFIC Position Paper on the revision of the Machinery Directive

In view of the ongoing revision of the Machinery Directive (Directive 2006/42/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 May 2006), EFIC encourages the European Commission to:

- Introduce a clarification of the Guide to the application of the Machinery Directive specifying that electrically operated furniture remains subject to the Machinery Directive.

- Consider introducing or adapting current provisions of the text to cover aspects related to second-hand products placed on the EU market, such as product safety and liability.

EFIC Position Papers on ongoing negotiations for a Free Trade Agreement with Australia and New Zealand

The European Commission is currently negotiating two Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) with Australia and New Zealand, which are important export destinations for furniture producers in Europe.

With these position papers, EFIC calls for the liberalisation of furniture products under the future FTAs.

EFIC feedback to the roadmap consultation on the Customs Union Action Plan

The European Furniture industries are strongly oriented towards international trade. However, they face challenges due to the rising imports of non-compliant products from third countries.

 

EFIC stresses the importance of:

- Custom control effectiveness and risk analysis to fight illegitimate trade and ensure that safe and compliant products enter the EU market; 

-   Protection of Intellectual Property Rights;

- Proof of environmental responsibility from third country producers placing products on the EU market.

Position paper: The Furniture sector and Circular Economy 2.0

The European Furniture Industries Confederation welcomes the New Circular Economy Action Plan published by the European Commission on 11 March 2020, strongly supports circularity ambitions and is ready to be involved in making circular economy - a key enabler of the EU’s climate and environmental goals - a reality.

 

Much remains to be determined in the path to circularity. This paper provides recommendations on the need for harmonised Circular Economy rules at EU level (including definitions and a harmonised EPR scheme for furniture) and for a step-by-step and value chain approach.  The paper also deep dives into different phases of furniture lifecycle, from production to consumption and waste management.

Position paper "Unwanted Toxic Flame Retardants preventing circularity and increasing fire toxicity"

The European Furniture Industries, part of the Alliance for Flame Retardant Free Furniture, is strongly committed to end the use of flame retardants in furniture products and to raise awareness about their toxicity.

 

With this Position paper, EFIC welcomes the New Circular Economy Action Plan and calls on the EU institutions to address the unnecessary and unwanted use of chemicals which prevent circularity and climate goals, such as toxic flame retardants in furniture, which endanger at the same time people’s and firefighters’ health, as they migrate out of products and may lead to an increase in fire toxicity.

EFIC position paper on Draft budget act of the Indian Government raising customs duties for furniture

EFIC position paper on the Indian draft budget proposal for the fiscal year 2020-2021 raises concern about the impact of the proposal on the European Furniture sector and calls for reinforced talks between the EU Commission and the Indian authorities and for tighter collaboration between the Indian Government and industry players.

EFIC feedback on the Roadmap on new Circular Economy Action Plan

EFIC inputs on the Roadmap on new Circular Economy Action Plan focus on harmonisation, limits to EU regulatory action, need for clear definitions and realistic transition phase, support for companies, dialogue with stakeholders, value chain, production, consumption & waste management phase.

Forest-Based Industries Vision 2050

Vision 2050 foresees the contribution of the Forest-based industries (F-BI) to a climate neutral, Clean Planet for All by 2050, aiming at becoming the most competitive and sustainable provider of net-zero carbon solutions.

Policy paper "Safe Fire Safety for everyone"

The European Furniture Industries, part of the Alliance for Flame Retardant Free Furniture, is strongly committed to end the use of flame retardants in furniture products and to raise awareness about their toxicity.

 

With this Policy paper, EFIC stresses that a Safe Fire Safety is possible, that many modern alternatives to the use of Flame Retardants exist and that the removal of toxic flame retardants is needed to protect consumers, the environment and to support a real Circular Economy. 

EFIC Manifesto 2019-2024

For a more competitive European furniture industry: EFIC Manifesto 2019-2024 - check out our calls for action and priorities for the next term!

EFIC Position Paper on Draft Decision of the Greek Ministry of Economy and Development on "Marketing conditions for children's furniture for sleeping and relevant accompanying equipment"

Further to the notification of the Draft Decision by the Greek authorities in the European Commission’s TRIS database, EFIC highlights conflicts between the notification and the EU and ISO rules for conformity assessment and incorrect and obsolete norm references, leading to legal uncertainty and technical issues.

The Furniture Industry and the Circular Economy

The European furniture industry welcomes the European Commission’s initiative aimed at promoting and implementing an ambitious Circular Economy Strategy. The furniture sector is ready to be involved and EFIC wishes to contribute in the process of supporting furniture companies to make this change happen. This Policy Paper is a contribution that aims at explaining the challenges and opportunities that the European furniture industries see in the EU ambitious plan for changing the shape of our economy.

How to close the cycle? EFIC views on the Interface between Chemicals, Products and Waste

EFIC is glad to publish its position towards the European Commission initiative under the Circular Economy Action Plan: Analysis of the interface between chemicals, products and waste legislation and identification of policy options – Roadmap and public consultation.

Mutual Recognition Regulation – Trade in Europe

The Single Market for Goods is one of the EU’s greatest achievements, as well as one of its most important and continuing priorities. The principle of mutual recognition ensures that all products can circulate freely in the EU without the need to adapt to specific National requirements, even in areas lacking of Union harmonization legislation, such as furniture products. The European Commission has presented on 19 December 2017 a “Goods package”, composed of two legislative proposals: 1) New Mutual Recognition Regulation; 2) Regulation on Compliance and Enforcement of EU product legislation. In this paper, EFIC shares its experience and comments on the first proposal.

The Case for Flame Retardant Free Furniture

A variety of flammability standards for furniture exist in Europe. Some flammability requirements lead to the use of hazardous flame retardants chemicals without providing a demonstrated fire safety benefit. Flame retardants may cause serious harm to human health and the environment, they prevent the EU’s goal of a circular economy and impose a costly burden to furniture producers. The signatories of this paper share and stress the same concerns about the implications from the presence of harmful flame retardants chemicals (FRs) in furniture products. Increasing evidence shows that an EU-action in favour of flame retardant free furniture is necessary to ensure protection of human health and the environment, and promote competition and fire safety.

 Industry4Europe – Joint declaration on an ambitious EU Industrial strategy

Together with +120 associations representing the European manufacturing industry, the European Furniture Industries Confederation (EFIC) has signed a joint declaration calling on the European Commission to support an ambitious EU industrial strategy. The European manufacturing industry, representing a diverse range of sectors, call on the European Commission to:

·         reaffirm its commitment to reaching the target of 20% of GDP from industry, with an ambitious and realistic timeline;

·         adopt an Action Plan to tackle the challenges that the industrial sectors are facing, in the framework of a Communication that would include concrete steps and milestones; and

·         commit to implement this Action Plan in a timely manner and regularly report on progress.

EFIC 2020 – a strategy for a strong and united European Furniture Industry

 in 2016, EFIC celebrated its 10th Anniversary of activities in Brussels. It was also an opportunity to rethink about its role and launch the EFIC 2020 strategy. From 2017 onwards, National associations and single members can be members of EFIC. Partners are also welcome to join the EFIC group. Have a look at our brochure and do not hesitate to contact EFIC Secretariat for further information.

Market Access - EFIC joint statement on new Chinese furniture standards with EBIA and EuroCommerce

 on 31 January 2017, EFIC has signed a joint statement with the European Bedding Industries Association (EBIA) and European organisation representing the retail and wholesale sector (EuroCommerce) on new Chinese furniture standards, respectively TBT notification CHN 1094, 1095, and 1096. The signatories stress their concerns on the set requirements and call the Chinese authorities to maintain CHN 1094-1095-1096 voluntary and to recognize equivalent international standards. Read the full version of the joint-statement here.