On March 7, 2014, the European Commission decided to consult the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) on “A vision for the single market for industrial goods.” This communication is part of the steps in the direction of an industrial policy for the European Union.
Here are some points specified in the report:
- The EESC supports the Commission’s proposal to use Regulations, which are uniformly and immediately applicable throughout the EU, rather than Directives to harmonize industrial products. The EECS also supports the conversion of Decree no. 768 / 2008EG of the European Parliament and the Council in a regulation of general application.
- The EECS is in favor of the free provision of summaries of standards for all those who are interested, especially for small and medium businesses.
- The EESC is in favor of establishing a centralized electronic database disseminating standards information relevant to a given product.
- The EECS supports the idea of establishing an “e- surveillance” enabling whistle-blowers to inform the authorities confidentially of irregularities they have observed during the design, manufacture or import of an industrial product.
However, this is a small sample of the report. The entire document is available at this link.
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