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European conference on the 20th anniversary of the new approach Published on: 30/11/2005, Last update: 12/10/2009

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Event date: 30/11/2005
Location: Brussels, Belgium
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2005 marks twenty years since the introduction of a groundbreaking regulatory technique for the European Union: the ‘New Approach to technical harmonisation and standards’. The European Commission organised a conference on 30 November 2005 in Brussels, celebrating the anniversary.<br/><br/>The event brought together top policy makers in Europe, representatives of the Council of Ministers and the European Parliament, entrepreneurs, public authorities and practitioners. The objective was to take stock of the accumulated experience in the application of the legislation and its impact on the European economic operators, and to draw up the pointers for the way ahead in the near future.<br/> <br/><br/>Date & Venue <br/><br/> 30 November 2005<br/><br/>Charlemagne Conference Centre - Room S3 <br/><br/>Rue de la Loi 170 <br/><br/>B - 1040 Brussels <br/><br/>(closest metro station: Schumann)

For further information about the conference, please contact:

European Commission

Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry

Unit: Legal Aspects linked to the Internal Market

Ph.: +32.2.2953329

Fax: +32.2.2998031



08:30-09:30 Registration

09:30-09:45 Welcome speech

by the European Commission: Heinz Zourek, Director-General, DG Enterprise and Industry

09:45-10:15 Opening speeches

Giles Chichester, MEP, Chairman of the Committee of Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE), European Parliament

Barry Gardiner, MP, Chairman of the Competitiveness Council, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Competitiveness, United Kingdom

10:15-10:35 The New Approach and its impact on the EFTA Countries

Odd Eriksen, Minister of Trade and Industry, Norway

10:35-11:05 Coffee break

11:05-11:45 How did it happen – Lessons to draw Paolo Cecchini, author of the 'Cecchini Report'

11:45-12:15 Standardisation and New Approach

Michael Kelly, Chairman of the CEN/CENELEC/ETSI Joint President's Group

12:20-14:20 Buffet lunch offered by the European Commission

14:20-14:40 The New Approach and the Industry’s Competitiveness

Aage S. Hillersborg, Director-Quality, LEGO System A/S

14:40-15:00 The benefits of the New Approach to SME’s

Richard D. Simmons, Technology Entrepreneur

15:00-15:30 Coffee break

15:30-15:50 The New Approach from the point of view of the consumers

Gottlobe Fabisch, ANEC Secretary-General Presentation , Speech

15:50-16:10 Role and experience of the third parties

Marc Mortureux, President of Eurolab and Managing Director of LNE

16:10-16:20 The key to success: effective market surveillance

Dirk Meijer, Chairman of PROSAFE

16:20-16:30 Closing speech

Günter Verheugen, Vice-President of the European Commission

Webstreaming [WMV] of fourth session


Vice-President Günter Verheugen invited all participants to a cocktail reception

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