The Single Market should be single also for waste

The Commissioner for Competition, Margrethe Vestager highlighted that the idea of a common market goes beyond the trade of goods, influencing the society as a whole. Building up on the Commissioner’s message, APPLiA’s Director-General, Paolo Falcioni said: “We have to go further because making Circular society a reality would not be possible without the creation of a Single Market for waste.”

“The EU Single Market is unique and in 25 years, we have made good headway. At the same time, the Single Market requires daily, determined work to further strengthen it, adding qualities instead of completion”, said the Commissioner for Competition, Margrethe Vestager at the “25 years of Single Market” event, organised by POLITICO in Brussels. Vestager stated that keeping the four freedoms - free movement of goods, capital, services, and labour – together has been the biggest achievement of the idea of trade within the European Union without barriers.

The EU leader highlighted that the idea of a common market goes beyond the trade of goods, influencing the society as a whole. Building up on the Commissioner’s message, APPLiA’s Director-General, Paolo Falcioni also sees more opportunities for the Single Market to grasp. He said: “In the last years, the home appliance industry has proactively developed take back schemes across the EU to ensure waste collected by municipalities and retailers is properly managed. We have to go further because making Circular society a reality would not be possible without the creation of a Single Market for waste.”

The silver anniversary was also marked by the participation of the former Prime Minister of Italy, Mario Monti who pointed out that United Kingdom’s pending departure “has enormous disadvantages” for both, the EU and the island.

For the home appliance sector, the last quarter of a decade has offered the industry new possibilities to unlock trade opportunities. And while the full completion of the Single Market could look as an “illusion” to the European Commission, the EU and the newly-elected leaders in 2019 would need to keep in mind that due to Brexit, companies on both sides risk significantly increased administrative and customs procedures leading to increased costs and time of trading.

Europe must also ensure free movement of data in the internal market, to take full advantage of the digital transformation of the European Single Market and compete effectively worldwide.

“Simpler, better and digitalised”, this is how the Commissioner would like to see the Single Market developing. And so, do we.

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