What is in for Europeans’ favourite products in the next 5 years?

The secret world behind the products we use could be complex, but one thing is clear, EU’s legislators and manufacturers have worked day and night to deliver energy efficient, repairable and connected products. 

Тhe fridges, laptops, lamps in our homes - we use them daily without even realising and this is exactly how it should be. The secret world behind the products we use could be complex, but one thing is clear, European Union’s legislators and manufacturers have worked day and night to deliver energy efficient, repairable and connected products. So, is it time for the European Commission to sit down and relax? Perhaps yes, during Christmas, once it has been fully established.

“Legislation must be evidence-based, considering ethical values and not to create additional administrative tasks to businesses. The same things can be done in a simple way, without unnecessary burden. We need a stable framework without surprises”, MEP Maria Da Graça Carvalho (EPP, Portugal) said at the event that she hosted at the European Parliament on 13 November. During the debate, organised by APPLiA, DIGITALEUROPE and LightingEurope, MEPs, European Commission officials, NGOs, 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. “Policymakers can pursue various routes to move towards better circularity but need to consider the consequences of their choices, and the trade-offs these inevitably yield. It is time to involve all actors and aim at Circular Culture”, the Director General of APPLiA, Paolo Falcioni highlighted. The Director General of DIGITALEUROPE, Cecilia Bonefel-Dahl further said that “harmonised and incentive-based policy instruments leveraged by digital technologies will send a strong, positive message for companies to engage in the circular economy.” 

Speaking about the breathtaking speed of artificial intelligence, Nils Torvalds, a Finnish MEP from the Renew Europe Group confirmed that artificial intelligence is coming with a groundbreaking speed and politicians have to be in line with technology’s pace. 

The face of the lighting industry in Brussels, the Secretary General of LightingEurope, Ourania Georgoutsakou insisted the need of strong market surveillance experts, consistency in regulation, the need not to create a new rule before the existing ones have been enforced, as well as sufficient resources.  "The KPIs for legislation should be to have good rules", she underlined.