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Here, you find current public information on the European tool sector. You can also visit the sub-categories of the Public Area via the menu above. To read about the latest legislative changes that are relevant for the hand tool sector – like the Construction Products Regulation (CPR), obligatory origin marking according to the European Consumer Product Safety Regulation (CPSR) – or have access to information on European Tool Association CEO activities, please visit the Members Area.

Statement on EU exit and recovery strategy

Our lobbying partner Orgalim has published a statement on the EU Covid-10 exit strategy, calling on Europe’s leaders to prioritise helping our industries, of which 90% are SMEs, to survive these challenging times and regain their financial vigour. 

EU-WTO Contingency appeal arrangement for trade disputes

The EU and 15 other members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) decided on an arrangement that will allow them to bring appeals and solve trade disputes among them despite the current paralysis of the WTO Appellate Body.

DIY: French home improvement stores lose half of their sales

Covid-19 has made a significant dent of nearly 50 per cent in the sales of DIY stores in France.

March 2020: Annual inflation down to 0.7% in the euro area

The euro area annual inflation rate was 0.7% in March 2020, down from 1.2% in February.

February 2020 – Production in construction down by 1.5% in euro area

In February 2020 – the month before COVID-19 containment measures began to be widely introduced by Member States – compared with January 2020, seasonally adjusted production in the construction sector fell by 1.5% in the euro area and by 1.0%

Industrial production down by 0.1% in euro area

In February 2020 – the month before COVID-19 containment measures began to be widely introduced by Member States – compared with January 2020, seasonally adjusted industrial production fell by 0.1% in the euro area and remained unchanged in the EU.

European do-it-for-me trend collapses in 2019

An unexpected collapse of the do-it-for-me (DIFM) trend, as opposed to do-it-yourself, has been registered by the European Home Improvement Monitor.

Creation of the European Research Area (ERA) Corona Platform

The European Commission has launched the European Research Area (ERA) corona platform on the Funding & tenders portal. This dedicated space provides information regarding related research and innovation actions, but also updates regarding the extension of certain call deadlines due

January 2020: Production in construction up by 3.6% in euro area

In January 2020 compared with December 2019, seasonally adjusted production in the construction sector increased by 3.6% in the euro area (EA19) and by 3.9% in the EU27.

Kingfisher only publishes unaudited figures

On account of the coronavirus situation, Kingfisher has put back the publication of its sales figures scheduled for yesterday, 24 March 2020, by two weeks; this was in response to a request by the Financial Conduct Authority addressed to the


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