The European White Goods sector has experienced massive restructuring in the past years and increased imports from abroad. Currently some 200.000 employees work in the sector. Job losses in Western Europe have not been compensated by investments in Eastern Europe as production is moving further outside the EU. The EMF’s strategy for a long-term perspective of the sector in Europe is based on high-quality production and a qualified workforce. Enhancing innovativeness and resource efficiency of household appliances is a key to both employment and sustainability. Currently, the competitiveness of European production is undermined by cheap but low-quality imports – at the expense of the environment. The EMF actively supports political measures that ensure dynamic minimum standards on resource efficiency.
Project on Restructuring Processes in the European Household Appliances Industry and the Role of EWCs (pro.HAI)
The EMF in engaged as a partner in the Project on Restructuring Processes in the European Household Appliances Industry and the Role of EWCs (pro.HAI). The project addresses the theme of restructuring in the European household appliances industry in a comprehensive manner in order to enhance the competences of the members of the EWCs, including the experts and the representatives of the national trade union federations (alongside the European Federation) which deal with the household appliances industry. It aims at examining the overall context as well as the various dimensions of restructuring and its social impacts. In this context, the project will promote the exchange of positive experiences in the field of information, consultation and participation.