APPLiA’s Digital Interviews: the EU Single Market, challenges and opportunities

APPLiA is happy to launch the first of a series of short digital interviews on some of the key topics for the home appliance industry and not only. This new format comes with the aim of feeding the debate by reporting experience from the sector. Let’s start with the EU Single Market.

 

 

Watch APPLiA's first digital interview, here.

 

In current extraordinary times, we were encouraged to rethink our space and with it also our means of communication, to overcome the limitations posed by physical distancing. In turn, this favoured the speed-up of a still ongoing process of digitalisation. Building on this experience, APPLiA launched the first of a series of short digital interviews on some of the key topics for the home appliance industry and not only. This new format comes with the aim of feeding the debate by reporting experience from the sector. Let’s start with the EU Single Market.

In this episode, Michał Zakrzewski, APPLiA Digital and Competitiveness Policy Director, was interviewed by Paolo Falcioni, APPLiA Director General.

“The idea of the Single Market was there at the establishment of the Community of Carbon and Steel in 1957, already” explained Mr Zakrzewski. Granting the free movement of goods, services and people, it represents a huge asset for the Union and for all the industries within it, stimulating competition and trade, improving efficiency and fuelling the overall economic growth. 

The Single Market can be imagined as “a big main gear with many smaller ones, linked to it. If all the gears are well connected, the engine works well. Otherwise, it does not rotate. The big gear is the Single Market, the smaller ones are the Member States.” This is what APPLiA calls the “gear mechanism”. Ensuring its correct functioning entails bringing down barriers and harmonising existing rules to enable everyone in the EU to make the most of the opportunities offered. 

At present day, the industry has identified some obstacles endangering the mechanism. The existence of divergent national legislations, being one example, but also the lack of the timely listing of references to harmonised standards in the Official Journal of the European Union, preventing the correct functioning of the EU standard making process. As a result of these, our lives as citizens, workers, parents or sons are impacted. And so is the economy. For this reason, as APPLiA, we aim at the establishment of harmonised European rules precluding the adoption of divergent national legislations and ensuring the free circulation of products within the Member States. 

This and much more is covered in this first digital interview, available at this link.