Where: Berlaymont press room, rue de la loi, Brussels
Topic: Environment, consumers and health
Organiser: European Commission
On 16 May, Commissioner Tonio Borg will present the key findings of the 2012 annual report published on that day concerning RAPEX, the EU-wide rapid alert system for dangerous products. The findings of the report will include the trends in the number of products notified thanks to the system, the top product categories, the most active member states notifying unsafe products, and the countries of origin.
RAPEX is a Community rapid alert system for dangerous products. It ensures that information about dangerous products withdrawn from the EU market and/or recalled from consumers is quickly circulated between Member States and the European Commission, with the aim of preventing or restricting the selling of these products on the market. 30 countries currently participate in the system. The participating countries are all the European Union countries and the EFTA/EEA countries: Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.
Tonio Borg, Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy, will hold a press conference. Directly following this press conference, the Commissioner will visit the exhibition on product safety outside the press room, and will be able to answer further questions. Commission experts as well as representatives of national authorities will be present to show products.