Visit of representatives of the leading toy industry companies to Meglena Kuneva
End production: 05/11/2007 First transmission: 05/11/2007
Meglena Kuneva, Member of the EC in charge of Consumer Protection, met with Chief Executive Officers of leading toy industry companies. They discussed health and safety standards, product safety enforcement and quality-control of toys, after a string of product recalls by US toy giant Mattel of China-made. As it wants to restore the consumer confidence, the European Commission is in the final stage of a two month review of the consumer product safety mechanisms in place in Europe. Commissioner Kuneva is expected to present the results of this stocktaking and analysis on Chinese enforcement actions in the Competitiveness Council on 22 November 2007 in Brussels, and will discuss proposals for specific actions with the EU Member States. Toy companies represented at this meeting were Artsana, Bandai, Bizak, Famosa, Giochi Preziozi, Hasbro, Hornby, Lego, Mattel, Meccano, Schleich, Tecnitoys, VTech and Zapf.
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||Exterior view of the European Commission building
||Arrival of Meglena Kuneva, Member of the EC in charge of Consumer Protection, and handshake with Chief Executive Officers of toy industry companies (3 shots)
||General view of the meeting (8 shots)
||Meglena Kuneva (in ENGLISH) saying that she knew that in the run-up of Christmas the consumers would begin to ask more tough questions; they need sincere answers and good governance on the side of regulators and enforcement policy; this meeting with the toy industry is part of the process of stock-taking exercise; she promised two months before that she would make an analysis and announce all the results on November 22
||Cutaway: Meglena Kuneva looking at toys
||Meglena Kuneva (in ENGLISH) saying that the political commitment on the Chinese side is growing and before the EU/China Summit she received a quite in depth report on the measures which the Chinese authorities had taken already after EU's notifications on the safety of toys; she will announce this report on November 22; she could a little bit hint what is within; they never ever had such detailed report before
||Meglena Kuneva (in ENGLISH) saying that she believes in open economy; she believes that consumers should have better choice and price; but one thing she will not compromise on, neither for price neither for choice, is safety, because safety is about confidence and good governance; so her clear message is: no compromise on safety