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Europeans' favourite products: contributing to the circular economy

On November 13th, MEP Maria Da Graça Carvalho hosted an event in the European Parliament to discuss opportunities for setting a balanced and effective product policy landscape. 

Europe is known for its high quality and innovative products backed by a growing regulatory framework. This years-long knowledge and experience together with the EU institutional change put us now in an excellent position to reflect and ensure the framework delivers and is tailored to accelerating Europe’s circular economy transition.

Today, Member of the European Parliament Maria Da Graça Carvalho hosted an event in the European Parliament to discuss opportunities for setting a balanced and effective product policy landscape. During the event, organised by APPLiA, DIGITALEUROPE and LightingEurope, MEPs, European Commission representatives, civil society, and product manufacturers put forward their ideas for the EU product policy framework and its potential to contribute to the transition towards a circular economy.

Maria Da Graça Carvalho, MEP After the efforts in the past legislature for an ambitious EU legislative framework in the energy and climate fields, the Parliament has to make now a further step towards enforcement, starting with the Product Policy Framework. Let’s move towards consistent rules and a functioning internal market, in cooperation with the EU Member States and the European Commission.”

Paolo Falcioni, Director General of APPLiA“Embracing all actors to improve circularity, establishing a smart energy market that results in CO2 emission reduction and energy optimisation, as well as offering high-quality job opportunities to Europeans could make a true difference."

Cecilia Bonefeld-Dahl, Director General of DIGITALEUROPE“Harmonised and incentive-based policy instruments leveraged by digital technologies will send a strong and positive message to the market for companies to do the right thing. To unlock innovation, we have to think about innovative ways of regulating and focus on the key goals we want to achieve.”

Ourania Georgoutsakou, Secretary-General of LightingEurope: “During the next legislature, no new EU rules should be created without first demonstrating that the existing ones cannot deliver on the desired objective. The impact of EU rules depends on how they are enforced. We need to do more together to help authorities swiftly remove non-compliant products from the EU market.”

 

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