Food industry representatives welcomed the recently revised EU legislation on mutual recognition of goods as a major step forward in the completion of the EU single market. But they said more efforts were needed to improve standardisation, even the well-harmonised food sector.
The European Parliament approved yesterday (15 November) a resolution to accelerate the recognition of professional qualifications – such as those for engineers and medical workers – of European citizens working in a member state other than their own.
The European Commission should negotiate a mutual-recognition agreement with the US regarding transatlantic financial trading floors, writes Karel Lannoo, chief executive of the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), in a July 2007 policy brief.
EU ministers agreed to scrap "unnecessary" EU laws on wood- and product-packaging and to lower application costs for EU-wide trademarks, saying that this would help bolster the Union's competitiveness.
The Commission wants to boost trade between EU countries by making it more difficult for member states to block imports of specific products on the basis that they do not meet particular national standards.
The Justice and Home Affairs Council on 2
December will focus on increasing EU-wide judicial co-operation to
combat terrorism. It will hear a Presidency report on a
proposed EU warrant to gather evidence across