CE Marking and market surveillance
The Commission has carried out an information campaign from January 2010 until March 2012 and thus raised the awareness of the economic operators and citizens about the CE marking, as well as their rights/obligations in this respect. The campaign included among other things the creation of a "CE marking" dedicated website in all EU/EFTA languages (http://ec.europa.eu/cemarking), the drafting of informative material, the presence in major commercial fairs, the carrying out of educational seminars etc.
The Commission pursued its action to reinforce the market surveillance. Under the supervision and guidance of the Commission, Member States have established more efficient national market surveillance programmes for a better monitoring of the use of the CE marking. This has established efficient mechanisms for detecting unsafe products, removing them from the market and protecting thus the public interest. The Commission coordinates national programs and ensures that adequate controls are made. The Commission helped Member States in the implementation exercise by suggesting common principles for the national programmes.
The Commission has recently acquired the ICSMS tool (Information and Communication System for Market Surveillance) in order to offer to Member States a platform for the implementation of the market surveillance policy.
The Commission will adopt the following documents on 13 February 2013:
- COMMUNICATION FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT, THE COUNCIL AND THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COMMITTEE: More Product Safety and better Market Surveillance in the Single Market for Products
- Proposal for a REGULATION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL on consumer products safety and repealing Council Directive 87/357/EEC and Directive 2001/95/EC
- Proposal for a REGULATION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL on market surveillance of products
- COMMUNICATION FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT, THE COUNCIL AND THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COMMITTEE: 20 actions for safer and compliant products for Europe: a multi-annual action plan for the surveillance of products in the EU
- REPORT FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT, THE COUNCIL AND THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COMMITTEE on the implementation of Regulation (EC) No 765/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 9 July 2008 setting out the requirements for accreditation and market surveillance relating to the marketing of products and repealing Regulation (EEC) No 339/93
Prevention of technical barriers to trade
Directive 98/34/EC lays down a notification procedure of national technical regulations and rules on Information Society services prior to their adoption.
It is an effective instrument of prevention of technical barriers to trade in the Internal Market and of cooperation between the Commission and the Member States and among the Member States themselves. Directive 98/34/EC provides a three months standstill period from the notification allowing the Commission and the other Member States to analyse the national draft legislation in the light of EU law.
In 2012 the Member States and associated States notified 755 draft technical regulations in the framework of Directive 98/34/EC. The Commission issued 64 detailed opinions, 150 comments and 4 blockages as reactions to these notifications.
25.10.2012: Adoption of Regulation (EU) No 1025/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council on European Standardisation (OJ L 316, 25.10.2012, p. 12).
The regulation, which adapts and simplifies the legal framework for standardisation to reflect the latest developments and future challenges as set out in the Commission’s 'Standardisation Package’ of 01.06.2011, applies since 1 January 2013.
In 2012, a Guidebook on "Using standards to support growth, competitiveness and innovation [928 KB] " from the guidebook series "How to support SME Policy from structural funds" has been published and four actions for supporting SMEs in the standardisation area have been selected for financing.
17.10.2012: Proposal for a Directive amending the Directive 1999/5/EC of the European Parliament and Council of 9 March 1999 on radio equipment and telecommunications terminal equipment and the mutual recognition of their conformity, COM(2012)584.
The proposal aims to clarify and simplify the Directive, to facilitate its application and to eliminate unnecessary burden, ensuring that all market players comply with the rules regarding the avoidance of interference ultimately increasing all stakeholder's confidence in the regulatory framework.