Extracts from the joint press conference by Antonio Tajani and Tonio Borg on Strengthening market surveillance for safer products and growth

Type: Summary of press conference   Reference: I-076134   Duration: 10:04:10  Lieu:
End production: 13/02/2013   First transmission: 13/02/2013
On 13 February 2013, Antonio Tajani, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Industry and Entrepreneurship, and Tonio Borg, Member of the EC in charge of Health and Consumer Policy, gave a press conference at the European Commission, in Brussels to present new rules to strengthening market surveillance for safer products and growth. The European Commission proposed new rules to improve the safety of consumer products circulating in the Single Market and to step-up market surveillance concerning all non-food products, including those imported from 3rd countries. This will contribute both to strengthening consumer protection and to creating a level playing field for businesses. Unsafe products should not reach consumers or other users and their improved identification and traceability will be a key improvement that will help to take them quickly out of the market. Once adopted by the European Parliament and by the Council the new rules will be enforced by the national market surveillance authorities in the Member States.

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10:00:00 Title 00:00:05
10:00:05 Exterior view of the European Commission building, in Brussels 00:00:06
10:00:11 General view of the speakers at the press conference on strengthening market surveillance for safer products and growth 00:00:04
10:00:16 Soundbite by Antonio Tajani, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Industry and Entrepreneurship, (in ITALIAN) saying that the European Commission has adopted today a package to strengthen and improve product safety and market surveillance in the EU. The common goal of these two legislative proposals aims at ensuring and guaranteeing that the products bought by consumers are safe. This is a key step to make sure that internal market and economy can get a new impetus and this will benefit companies and citizens. The consumer market is a market which worth around 1 trillion Euros per years, excluding food products. So, these rules are not for food products. 00:01:10
10:01:26 Cutaway of a photographer 00:00:05
10:01:32 Soundbite by Antonio Tajani (in ITALIAN) saying that the first proposal which the Commission has approved is a regulation on general product safety and it sets rules to ensure that products are fully traceable. So, proportionate balanced obligations are imposed on all actors in the sectors; producers, importers and distributors. 00:00:26
10:01:58 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:05
10:02:04 Soundbite by Tonio Borg, Member of the EC in charge of Health and Consumer Policy, (in ENGLISH): There will be a set of harmonised rules as regards of countries of origin. And also as regard the name and the address of the manufacturers in case something goes wrong. So, there will be no different rules for different products. There will be common rules as regards the countries of origin, mostly for reasons of traceability. So, when a problem rises, we will know from which country that product is originated. And this will apply to harmonised and unharmonised products on the market. 00:00:40
10:02:44 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:05
10:02:49 Soundbite by Tonio Borg (in ENGLISH): But today as regards unsafe products which are found on the EU market, today the country of origin of around 10% of the unsafe products found in the market is not known. With the new requirement, dangerous products can be more easily traced, back to the source. And cooperation with the market surveillance authorities of the country of origin can help stopping dangerous product from reaching the markets. 00:00:46
10:03:36 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:04
10:03:41 Soundbite by Tonio Borg (in ENGLISH): And the third innovation is strengthening the surveillance. And the proposed new regulation will eliminate overlaps, duplications, inconsistencies and will facilitate the work of Member States' inspectors and enforcement authorities which will rely on a single rulebook. 00:00:29
10:04:10 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:04
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