EU to adopt new strategy to help furniture sector

EU imageEuropean Commission Vice President Tajani, during his visit to I Saloni del Mobile in Milan, announced the adoption of a new strategy for the Wood processing and Furniture industries, to be published by the end of June.  The sector accounts for 2% of EU manufacturing GDP and for about 1 million jobs.

The measures will be aiming at improving the competitiveness of the sector. “Import pressure, increased competition with countries characterised by low production costs, scarce access to research and innovation funding, inadequate IPRs protection and the continuous presence of barriers that still hinder the internal market, are all obstacles needed to be tackled”

Mr Tajani said that that the strategy will focus primarily on actions improving access to raw materials, stimulating growth and demand; improving access to research and innovation funding; investing in education and training; better protecting intellectual property rights.    

The BFM will of course keep members informed of developments.  The BFM will also raise this initiative with the British Furniture Confederation (BFC) and the All Party Parliamentary Furniture Industry Group as sometimes individual state have discretion as to whether to adopt EU sector initiatives. UK governments have not often seen traditional industries like our own as a priority for assistance.  Placing the emphasis instead on advanced technology. 

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