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EU Industry Days 2021

“Can the EU Single Market be a booster for the recovery?” has been asked to the audience of the EU Industry Days 2021, attending the plenary session. Peter Goetz, APPLiA’s President and BSH Managing Director, agreed with the most chosen reply “Yes”, it will play this role.

 

“Can the EU Single Market be a booster for the recovery?” has been asked to the audience of the EU Industry Days 2021, attending the plenary session during which the Single Market for industrial ecosystems was discussed.

Peter Goetz, APPLiA’s President and BSH Managing Director, agreed with the most chosen reply “Yes”, it will play this role. “The EU Market is a trusted playing field and builds on its key asset, that is being a Single Market.” he explained. At the moment, there are gaps that prevent the smooth functioning of the system, be it for established businesses and, with a bigger impact, for smaller businesses.

Nüwiel, a startup that develops smart electric transportation solutions for logistics, made a list of the challenges they are confronted with to make their idea thrive, among which is the lack of infrastructures, different laws within the EU countries and a lack of regulations on new products.

While sharing the experiences of their respective sectors, panelists agreed that standards should be considered already at the beginning of products development. In this sense, we should be thinking now at the standards needed to make the green and digital transitions work.

“When drafting policies, the European approach should be the guiding principle” continued Mr Goetz “and we must be faster and more collaborative at the earliest stages”. The missing or out-of-time listing of standards in the EU Official Journal is one of the main gaps of the current system, lays out APPLiA in its White Paper on Standardisation. Listed standards are an European asset and an enabler of a smooth functioning of the Single Market. To tell it another way, think of it as a gear, the biggest one. Having smaller gears around it, the Member countries, the engine works properly only if all the gears go in the same direction in a coordinated way. The missing piece, here, is the timely listing of standards. This is true also for the EU Market, if an European approach is followed and the process is streamlined.