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Entries at the Ready for the 2021 Play for Change Awards

The second annual Play for Change Awards are now open for entries from toy makers going the extra mile to help children and improve society The call for entries is open from 31 March and 19 May Companies can submit entries in the categories of Sustainability, Empowerment and Future skills This year, a Covid-19 Special […]

The Importance of Play in the EU Strategy on the Rights of the Child

Next week, EU Commissioners will vote on a new EU Strategy on the Rights of the Child. The Strategy will be a clear demonstration of the EU’s commitment to protecting and promoting children’s rights and helping children develop to their full potential. The Strategy will support the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and vulnerable groups, […]

Safety Gate Results Show More Measures Needed to Stop Illegal Traders

Illegal traders are putting children’s safety at risk Toys from illegal – often untraceable – traders top EU’s alert system for dangerous products Dishonest operators are ignoring the EU’s strict toy safety rules putting children at risk and damaging responsible competition 10% of toys notified in 2020 resulted from toy sector’s own investigations into the […]

TIE statement: Proposal for a Digital Services Act

The Commission’s proposal for a Digital Services Act (DSA) is a first step towards a more robust framework for online marketplaces, according to TIE. The future rules for online marketplaces need to go much further in closing the loopholes that allow online marketplaces to give third party sellers unfettered access to EU consumers It is […]

Tips for buying safe toys online

Christmas preparations are likely to be a bit different this year. With many physical toy shops closed, and shoppers often preferring to avoid the crowds, many parents will be shopping online for gifts this year. This will mean shopping early to make sure everything is delivered on time. It will also mean paying extra care […]

Toys: as essential as ever for children and families this Christmas

A word from Sanjay Luthra, TIE Chairman Toys have a long and joyful association with Christmas. It is unsurprisingly the sector’s busiest sales period. In some countries, up to 60% of purchases are made in the final three months of the year. That’s why, as measures to fight Covid 19 tighten up again across Europe, […]

TIE Statement – European Parliament Vote on the Digital Services Act

TIE – Toy Industries of Europe  – welcomes the call from MEPs for the Digital Services Act (DSA) to close loopholes that allow unsafe toys to be sold on online marketplaces. With the Toy Safety Directive, the EU has one of the best instruments to ensure that toys legally placed on the market are safe […]

European Commission’s Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability

Today, the European Commission published its Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability. Toy Industries of Europe (TIE), representing reputable toy makers in Europe, supports the aim of the Commission’s new Chemicals Strategy to address the challenges caused by the most harmful chemicals. Safety is our number one priority and toys are among the most strictly regulated products […]

TIE calls for protection of the EU Single Market

In a joint statement signed by TIE and 58 other organisations and delivered to EU leaders yesterday, we call upon the European Commission and Member States to protect the Single Market for packaging and packaged goods. We call on the Commission to ensure that the internal market legal basis is consistently upheld when proposing or […]

“Don’t ban non-rechargeable batteries” TIE says

In a statement released earlier this week, TIE and 13 other sector associations urge the European Commission not come forward with a ban of non-rechargeable batteries. The Commission will propose new EU rules for batteries later this year. Despite the Commission’s consultant conclusion that a full ban has no environmental benefits, we understand that a […]