The economic performance of the European particleboard and MDF industry over 1998 was again "satisfactory", according to the European Panel Federation (EPF). Particleboard manufacturers recorded a 4% increase in output, with exports rising more than 6% and imports by 8%. At its third General Assembly, staged recently in Brussels, the EPF reviewed the application of several EU Directives, notably the Construction Products Directive, which requires all products on the construction market to carry the CE mark. The EPF expressed its support for rapid implementation of the harmonised standard for wood-based panels, which is needed for CE marking of particleboard and MDF.Regarding the proposed integration of the Directive on the incineration of hazardous waste in a new waste incineration Directive, the EPF is arguing...

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