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Strengthening market surveillance of harmonised industrial products [EU Legislation in Progress]

Written by Nikolina Šajn (4th edition, updated on 28.03.2019),


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Harmonised products represent 69 % of the overall value of industrial products in the internal market. However, a significant part of these products does not comply with harmonised EU rules. This has negative effects on the health and safety of consumers, and on fair competition between businesses.

To remedy the situation, the Commission proposed, on 19 December 2017, to strengthen market surveillance rules for non-food products harmonised by EU legislation. The proposal for a compliance and enforcement regulation would increase EU-level coordination of market surveillance, clarify the procedures for the mutual assistance mechanism, and require non-EU manufacturers to designate a natural or legal person responsible for compliance information. On 7 February 2019, Parliament and Council reached a provisional agreement on the proposal. Parliament is due to vote on that agreement during the April II plenary session.

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Proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and the Council laying down rules and procedures for compliance with and enforcement of Union harmonisation legislation on products
Committee responsible: Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) COM(2017) 795 of 19.12.2017

procedure ref.: 2017/0353(COD)

Ordinary legislative procedure (COD) (Parliament and Council on equal footing – formerly ‘co-decision’)

Rapporteur: Nicola Danti (S&D, Italy)
Shadow rapporteurs:

Othmar Karas (EPP, Austria)

Dalton Daniel (ECR, United Kingdom)

Jasenko Selimovic (ALDE, Sweden)

Jiří Maštálka (GUE/NGL, Czech Republic)

Durand Pascal (Greens/EFA, France)

Zullo Marco (EFDD, Italy)

Next steps expected: First-reading vote in plenary

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