Global agreements in the mechanical engineering sector
PECA - Protocol to the Europe Agreements on Conformity Assessment and Acceptance of Industrial Products
The Europe Agreements are the basic accords governing bilateral relations between the European Communities and their Member States and a candidate country. Normally a candidate country to EU membership should approximate its legislation, including industrial standards and conformity assessment procedures, to that of the European Union.
The Directorate General for Trade is the Commission service responsible for the negotiation of PECAs, although almost all of the sectors concerned fall within the competence of the DG Enterprise & Industry.
ACAA - Agreements on Conformity Assessment and Acceptance
The Commission is engaged with some countries in preparatory work for so called Agreements on Conformity Assessment and Acceptance of Industrial Products (ACAAs), including electrical products, whereby the partner countries are adapting their legislation, standards and institutions to the EU acquis.
Non-Agricultural Market Access (NAMA)
The Commission is also active in the negotiations of the mechanical chapter of the Non-Agricultural Market Access Negotiations (NAMA) in the WTO context.
International Harmonisation under the United Nation Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)
Under the United Nation Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), specific issues related to Mechanical Equipment are currently discussed:
- The Working Party on Regulatory Cooperation and Standardization Policies (WP.6) deals with a proposal on International legal requirements for explosion protection, as well as with Earth-moving machinery.
- The World Forum for Harmonisation of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) addresses global issues regarding vehicle safety, environmental pollution and energy. In this competence it developed a globally harmonised test procedure for the emissions of non-road machinery engines.
Industrial Policy and Regulatory Cooperation Dialogues
You could find here more information about the Industrial Policy and Regulatory Cooperation Dialogues, in particular:
- with China, with the report of the working group on Mechanical and Electrical Products,
- and with Russia, with a sectoral subgroup on Machinery and Electrical equipment.