European Commission Vice-President Antonio Tajani, responsible for Industry and Entrepreneurship, stated: "More coherent rules for personal protective equipment and cableway installations will lower businesses' compliance costs, especially for small and medium-sized enterprises. Companies doing business in the EU would be able to refer to one single legal text. This is a concrete deliverable within our agenda to cut unnecessary burden created by legislation."
The European Commission proposed to replace two EU directives governing the safety of personal protective equipment and cableways installations by directly applicable regulations.
This means that 56 pieces of national legislation - piling up to several hundred pages - will be scrapped, as part of a concrete step by the Commission to make it easier to conduct business in the EU. The intention is that businesses will only need to consult one single piece of legislation in each area, which will also be available in their own language. It will make life easier for companies marketing industrial products in the EU market while at the same time ensuring that the legislation continues to guarantee a high level of safety. The proposal will help ensure that products marketed as safeguarding the user against certain risks - e.g. "this product protects against heat of up to 100°C" - fulfil their claims. The two regulations proposed cover a very wide range of products designed for both consumers and professionals, including bicycle helmets and cable cars.