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Extracts from the press conference by Meglena Kuneva on RAPEX, the Rapid Alert System for consumer protection

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The Commission's annual report on the Rapid Alert System (RAPEX) revealed on 17 April 2008 that the number of dangerous products removed from the EU market rose by 53% in 2007 compared to in 2006. This rise from 1.051 notifications in 2006 to 1.605 in 2007 shows that Member States' surveillance capacities are improving year on year, and that European consumers are better protected today than ever before. Toys were by far the most notified product category in 2007, confirming that child safety is a top-ranking priority for market surveillance authorities, although motor vehicles, electric goods and cosmetics also featured prominently in the RAPEX system. Once again, China was the country of origin for more than half of all risky products found (700 notifications). This can be partly explained by the high number of products imported into the EU from China and the intensified focus of market surveillance authorities on Chinese products following the "summer of recalls" in 2007. In this light, Meglena Kuneva, Member of the EC in charge of Consumer Protection, presented an update on the extensive work which is being done to strengthen enforcement controls following the recommendations of the Commission's product safety "stocktaking" review in autumn 2007. She also set out plans for major initiatives for 2008, including an upgrading of the current EU/China Memorandum of Understanding and an EU/US/China trilateral product safety summit to be held in Brussels in November 2008.
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Type: EbS   Reference: 56837   Date: 17/04/2008   Duration: 00:04:32
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