February 20, 2008
The European Parliament yesterday reached agreement (to be endorsed, Thursday 21 Feb) on the next step to improve the functioning of the internal market of goods, much to the delight of Orgalime, the European engineering industries association. The decision on the package is very positive for industry and has potential to serve as a clear and transparent basis for product regulation of the future.
Hats off to the Parliament for realising the difficulties that industry faces with accreditation and market surveillance in the internal market. The Parliament has successfully strengthened the Commission texts which were already on the whole very good. Now we want to see the Council take its decision and Member States attack with vigour the problems of implementation. Resources are urgently needed in order to improve the effort both within the Member States and at the border. We firmly believe that the adoption of this package signals a strong commitment of our institutions to defend the EU’s internal market which is so essential to the competitiveness of our companies manufacturing here in Europe. A better Internal Market framework is good for SMEs, is good for consumers, and good for workers. Now let’s make it work!EngineerComms