The current ePrivacy proposal has generated great uncertainty across all of these industries, whose efforts to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) risk being jeopardised by an incoherent ePrivacy text.

Italians working on digital policies in Brussels rang the alarm that their home country is lagging behind on indicators, such as the level of regular internet users, digital skills and services. The latest statistics show that also another 14 EU states are below the EU average score of 52.5.

United by our mission to be the voice of the home appliance industry on different continents and the roundtable IRHMA, our 9 industry associations have committed to cooperating on harmonising rules and strengthening cybersecurity protections to the extent feasible given technological and political limitations.

The Smart Readiness Indicator is expected to put forward the benefits that smart technologies could bring to Europeans' lifestyles. The home appliance industry highlights one of the key factors for its implementation and that is interoperability, or the ability of products to 'speak the same language'.

The long-waited EU Cybersecurity Act has entered into force this morning, and will also have an effect on connected home appliances, such as fridges, air conditioners, washing machines and other IoT appliances. The promise – companies would be able to make use of certificates recognised across the Union.

"We need to consider how to incentivise Europeans to change their patterns of energy use as well as to ensure they are fairly informed on the flexible pricing conditions”, said APPLiA’s Smart Living and Competitiveness Policy Specialist, Lenka Jančová during the 23rd IEEE Symposium on International Symposium on Consumer Technologies on 20 June 2019. 

The upcoming of 5G is not far in the future and it represents a fundamental topic for the home appliance industry, which has actively kept up with the developments of the sector and worked to grant the best experience to consumers.

With the present letter, the underdesigned business associations would like to contribute to the Resolution under discussion in the ENVI Committee of the European Parliament by highlighting the potential of demand-side flexibility, digitalisation and decentralised energy resources to enable the clean energy transition.

In a fast-paced world where technology is developing with a speed light on different continents, global events seem to be the moment to doublecheck and compare where do we stand.