EGMF call to recognise the OPE industry as essential in European society

EGMF call to recognise the OPE industry as essential in European society

First, we welcome the joint Roadmap towards lifting COVID-19 containment measures. We strongly believe that a coordinated European approach is needed to prepare the recovery.

As a next step and to smoothly and safely resume their activities, our European industry needs clear and consistent instructions for health and safety at work.

In addition, the exit strategy should address the diverging interpretation of which economic activities are considered as essential and those which are not.

In this context, we call on European and national leaders to recognise the garden and outdoor power equipment sector as essential since it plays a critical role in European society. It is essential that the production, shipping, distribution, maintenance and servicing of our equipment are shortlisted as a sector requiring emergency continuity.

Read the full statement here.