EU consumer groups are calling for transatlantic product standards legislation to be better enforced. But business representatives warn that regulatory cooperation is "not always very good" for industry.
New rules on vehicle manufacturing standards, backed by the Parliament on 10 May 2007, should raise environmental and safety measures while making it easier for producers to sell their vehicles across the 27 EU member states.
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 Commission has launched an online consultation concerning the functioning of so-called 'New Approach' directives on product regulation. Stakeholder input will be used to shape a Commission Communication that will set out proposals for improvements to the existing system.
The need for fast, accurate and balanced information is always important. We value EURACTIV's good, independent journalism and support this initiative
Mella Frewen, Director General of FoodDrinkEurope
EURACTIV plays a vital role in bringing Europe closer to its citizens. EURACTIV has long recognised that the story of Europe has to be told across the continent, and not just in Brussels. We need to support a truly European and informed debate.