EFESME is the European SMEs voice in the lift industry, representing and defending at EU level the interests of SMEs operating in the lifts business.

EFESME was created in April 2005 as we now count on 14 associations representing 13 EU Member States. During the last Extraordinary Assembly, that took place in Milan on 14th November 2008, EFESME changed its statute from ASBL to AISBL – international non-profit association. Its founding members are five National associations of SMEs from three EU Countries.

EFESME experts directly contribute to the work of the Technical Committee and its Working Groups within the CEN TC 10, the European standardization body dealing with lifts, escalators and moving walks. Recently, an EFESME expert joined the ISO TC 178, the technical committee of the International Organization for Standardization dealing with lifts, escalators and moving walks. EFESME experts also participate to the Lifts Standing Committee and Lifts Working Group meetings, the bodies assisting the European Commission in the application of the Lifts Directive (directive 95/16/EC).

EFESME intends to provide European Institutions with technical and informative support, offering a clear and comprehensive view about the manufacturing systems of lifts; it wishes to be actively involved in all technical and normative issues which directly or indirectly affect SMEs and their competitive position in the market.

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  • A Single Market Strategy for Europe - On 28th October, the European Commission adopted its new Single Market Strategy, aiming at delivering a deeper and fairer Single Market that will... More →
  • European Commission presented its Work Programme for 2016 - Every year, the European Commission adopts a plan of action for the next twelve months, to explain how the political priorities will become concrete... More →
  • Energy Union: the EC presented a new package - On 15th July the EC presented the so-called "summer package" for a new European energy system. This package of measures starts implementing the new strategy presented on February by the Juncker Commission, “Energy Union”, which defines a forward-looking policy on climate change. Specifically, the measures are based on a new definition of the role of consumers in the energy market, a redefinition of the European electricity market, an update of the energy efficiency labelling and a revision of the EU emission trading scheme (ETS). The proposals focus on the principle of "efficiency first" and put consumers and businesses in the centre of the European energy market. With regard to energy labelling, the EC has published a proposal for a regulation, which proposes to return to the original energy scale from A to G.... More →
  • Circular economy: the EP urges the Commission to present new ambitious proposal - On 9th July 2015, the members of the European Parliament gathered in plenary session approved with a high consensus (394 votes in favour, 197 against and 82 abstentions) a very structured proposal on issue of circular economy. The resolution adopted by the European Parliament follows the European Commission's communication on circular economy package (COM (2014) 0398), presented together with a legislative proposal on waste (COM (2014)397) which was withdrawn in March by the new Juncker Commission with a promise to make improvements. - In the wake of this controversial decision by the Commission, the European Parliament therefore wanted to send a strong signal, urging it to submit an "ambitious proposal" on the issue by the end of the year.... More →
  • Reduced vertical safety space: installation must be authorised by the competent Authority - During December 2014 a very important ruling was delivered by the Regional Administrative Court of Bologna (Italy) concerning elevators with reduced vertical safety space. - With this judgment, the Court ordered to put out of service two elevators with a reduced vertical safety space compared to the size established by the harmonised standard UNI EN 81-1, a ban which was previously ordered during a periodical check by the USL (local health) in Bologna in November 2012. - This putting out of service had been motivated by the USL with the absence of specific authorisation by the competent authority, which in Italy is the Ministry of Economic Development, in accordance with point 2.2 of annex I of the DPR 162/99 implementing Lifts Directive 95/16/EC, which is compulsory to be obtained prior to installation.... More →


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