The European Economic and Social Committee organized a hearing in the framework of its own-initiative opinion "Use-value" is back: new prospects and challenges for European producers. The event took place on 3 October 2019 in Tampere, Finland.
As productivity continues to increase, providing highly-specialised and certified-quality products becomes ever more important for boosting economic well-being, more so than mass low-cost production. Moreover, the increasing focus on the integrated use-value of products and services now offsets the emphasis on the exchange value - the price.
This development is particularly advantageous for European producers: our competitiveness relies on our ability to provide diverse, specialised products, rather than on competing on price against regions with more extended economies of scale.