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Antonio Tajani in Rotterdam to check toy safety in the EU

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"I am delighted to acknowledge that the control measures are effective and provide a safe environment for our children; I am confident that both Members States and industry will help us in achieving this goal."

From 20 July manufacturers and importers need to respect strengthened safety requirements for toys imported in the EU. Member States have to ensure that adequate checks are performed at the EU external borders and within the EU. Antonio Tajani verified on 23 June the opening of containers filled with toys at the harbor of Rotterdam.

From 20 July manufacturers/importers need to respect strengthened safety requirements for toys imported in the EU. The Directive only sets the essential safety requirements that toys placed on the market in the EU have to fulfill. The technical specifications of products are fixed by standardization organizations. Member States will have to ensure that market surveillance authorities perform adequate checks at the EU external borders and within the EU including visits to premises of all economic operators to make sure that dangerous toys are immediately prohibited or withdrawn. On 23 June 2011 Vice-President Antonio Tajani, European Commissioner for industry and entrepreneurship, verified the opening of containers filled with toys at the harbor of Rotterdam that are daily checked to ensure that no harmful toys enter in the EU market. 

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