Where: Berlaymont Press Room, Brussels, Belgium
Topic: Environment, consumers and health
Organiser: European Commission
On 13 February 2013 the European Commission will present the Product Safety and Market Surveillance Package, which aims at the improvement of the Market Surveillance systems in the EU Member States. The package will be composed of new enforcement rules for the internal market for goods, which will enable national market surveillance authorities to enforce the law and to provide better and more means to ensure consumer protection. In particular, authorities will be able to better track down unsafe products while at the same time the new rules on consumer product safety will simplify the safety rules for consumer products, and merge them into one single piece of legislation.
The three most important parts of the package will be:
1) A proposal for a new Regulation on Consumer Product Safety (CPSR).
2) A proposal for a single Regulation on Market Surveillance for Products - unifying and simplifying existing fragmented legislation.
3) A multi-annual plan for market surveillance of 20 individual actions that the Commission will undertake over the next three years.
The EU's single market for goods ensures it is possible to buy and sell products in 27 EU Member States with a total population of more than 490 million. Safe products move freely. So, product safety rules and the market surveillance that underpins them are key for the function of the single market for goods. This proposal addresses fragmented EU legislation on product safety and market surveillance.
What: Press Conference of European Commission Vice-President Antonio Tajani and Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy, Tonio Borg
When: Wednesday 13/02/2013, after the Midday Briefing
Where: Berlaymont Press Room, in Brussels
IP and MEMO will be available on the day