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Goods and standards

A truly functional single market for goods has the potential to spur growth, employment and investment.

Complying with a multitude of national rules instead of applying a common framework is burdening business performance and disregarding the potential it offers economic growth.

Persistence of non-tariff barriers puts a range of businesses under pressure. Smaller businesses willing to scale up and sell cross-border miss out on market opportunities; while businesses with larger production chains through Europe are becoming less competitive in global markets.

Businesses continue to experience a lack of adequate application of mutual recognition and a fragmented application of overly complex regulatory requirements.

Publications

Press releases Date
Goods package: EU law should be better enforced to protect consumers and companies 04/09/2018
Goods Package – timely proposals to improve the free movement of goods 19/12/2017
Plenary vote on European Accessibility Act: several steps in the right direction 14/09/2017
Encouraging signs to strengthen the single market 13/06/2016
Public letters Date
Interinstitutional dialogue on European standardisation - Letter from Markus J. Beyrer 06/06/2018
Improving the free movement of goods in the single market - Letter from Jérôme P. Chauvin to Joaquim Nunes de Almeida 17/03/2017
BusinessEurope's initial contribution following the European standardisation system (ESS) review - Letter from Markus J. Beyrer to Daniel Calleja Crespo 01/07/2015
Evaluation of the application of the principle of mutual recognition in the field of goods - Letter from Jérôme P. Chauvin to Kidmose Rytz, Danish Technological Institute 18/12/2014
European Commission proposal for the product safety and market surveillance package and amendments added by the European Parliament - Letter from Jérôme P. Chauvin to Maija Laurila, DG SANCO 12/12/2014
Horizontal European standards for services - Letter from Jérôme P. Chauvin to Maitane Olabarria Uzquiano, CEN-CENELEC 18/08/2014
Product safety and market surveillance package - Letter from Markus J. Beyrer to members of the European Parliament in view of the EP plenary vote in April 03/03/2014
Letter to the Parliament’s Internal Market Commission on product safety and market surveillance 24/09/2013
The need for a pan-European accident and injury data system - Joint call by a large coalition of European organisations 14/03/2013
Improving the single market for goods: the problem of national technical regulations - Letter from Philippe de Buck to Commissioner Michel Barnier 30/11/2012
Legislative requirements in the field of product safety - Letter from Philippe de Buck to Commissioner Maros Sefcovic 22/10/2012
Revision of the general product safety directive - Letter from Jérôme P. Chauvin to Ms Minor, Director Consumer Affairs, DG SANCO 06/03/2012
Competitiveness Council on 5-6 December 2011 - Letter from Philippe de Buck to Waldemar Pawlak, Polish Minister for Economy 25/11/2011
European Commission's upcoming legislative review of the European standardisation package - Letter from Philippe de Buck to Commissioner Antonio Tajani 07/03/2011
Alignment of ten product harmonisation directives with the provisions of decision 768/2008 on a common framework for the marketing of goods - Letter from Jérôme P. Chauvin to Liliana Brykman, DG Enterprise 08/07/2010
Impact assessment on the "standardisation package" - Letter from Philippe de Buck to Françoise Le Bail 08/03/2010
Review of the European Standardisation System (EXPRESS) - Letter from Jérôme P. Chauvin to Renate Weissenhorn, DG Entreprise and Industry, on the issues paper prepared by members of the expert panel 29/10/2009
Modernising ICT standardisation in the EU: the way forward - Letter from Jérôme P. Chauvin to Costas Andropoulos, DG Entreprise and Industry, commenting on the white paper 11/09/2009
Position papers Date
BusinessEurope comments on the Commission's 'goods package' 28/03/2018
Joint industry statement on the European Accessibility Act 07/09/2017
Enhancing enforcement and compliance for goods - a BusinessEurope strategy paper 15/11/2016
BusinessEurope’s comments on the possible revision of the mutual recognition Regulation 30/09/2016
Joint initiative on standardisation under the single market strategy 16/06/2016
The European Accessibility Act - a BusinessEurope position paper 30/05/2016
Mutual recognition in goods - a BusinessEurope strategy paper 10/05/2016
BusinessEurope comments on standards in the digital single market: setting priorities and ensuring delivery 18/12/2015
A joint initiative on standardisation 04/12/2015
Provisional options for an eCompliance system - BusinessEurope response to the European Commission 04/12/2014
Standards in the EU-US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) - a BusinessEurope position paper 25/03/2014
BusinessEurope position on the Commission's ‘Product Safety and Market Surveillance Package’ 23/05/2013
BusinessEurope's views on the standardisation package 05/10/2011
Revision of the general product safety directive - BusinessEurope response to public consultation 20/07/2010
Revision of the European standardisation system - Response to public consultation 20/05/2010
Impact assessment study on the "standardisation package" - Requests by national standards body representatives - BusinessEurope comments 17/02/2010
Impact assessment study on the "standardisation package" - BusinessEurope comments 05/02/2010
Visions on the future of European standardisation 02/06/2009
Supplier's declaration of conformity - Response to the request for information by the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration 20/01/2009
Speeches Date
Implementing the joint initiative on standardisation: what it means for the European standardisation system - Address by Paul Coebergh van den Braak, final plenary of the joint initiative on standardisation 29/04/2016
Business perspective on key priorities for the single market for products and services - Speech by Markus J. Beyrer at the Enterprise Policy Group (EPG) 26/11/2014
Product safety from a global manufacturers point of view: address by Annette Dragsdahl at the CEOC-EUROLAB–IFIA International Safety Seminar 2014 ‘How safe do you think you are? Why independent testing is important.’ 05/11/2014
Mutual recognition: Boosting the single market! Exploring the opportunities and challenges for Europe - Speech by Ulf Pehrsson, Chairman of BusinessEurope’s Internal Market Policy Committee, 15 October 2013, Vilnius, Lithuania 15/10/2013
Product Safety and Market Surveillance Package - Intervention by Annette Dragsdahl, BusinessEurope, at EP Working Lunch on 17 September 2013 17/09/2013
"Product Safety and Market Surveillance: How to ensure safe products through better regulation?" - Introductory speech by Paul Coebergh van den Braak, Chair of BusinessEurope's Free Movement of Goods WG, at EP breakfast meeting on 4 June 2013 04/06/2013
"Business views on Safety and Surveillance package" - Intervention by Paul Coebergh van den Braak, Chair of BusinessEurope's Free Movement of Goods WG, at EP public hearing on product Safety Package, 29 May 2013 29/05/2013
Product safety: current challenges, future opportunities - Speech by Hubert van Breemen at the European Consumer Day 14/03/2013
International product safety week - ICPHSO symposium, opening plenary session "The need for international collaboration" - Address by Philippe de Buck 16/10/2012
Business views on consumer safety - Presentation by Paul Coebergh van den Braak at European Parliament hearing on product safety 07/02/2012
BusinessEurope's views on the review of the European standardisation system - Presentation by Paul Coebergh van den Braak at the European Parliament hearing on standardisation 23/11/2011
Business views on consumer product safety issues in a global trade context - Presentation by Paul Coebergh van den Braak at Consumer and Product Safety Day, Shanghai World Expo 26/10/2010
General product safety directive and market surveillance - Address by Annette Dragsdahl at the European Parliament workshop 30/09/2010
How to reap the full benefits of the single market for goods - Introductory speech by Paul Coebergh van den Braak, BusinessEurope breakfast meeting in the European Parliament 28/09/2010
How can standardisation strengthen competitiveness - Presentation by Paul Coebergh van den Braak, Belgian Presidency conference 'From knowledge to competitiveness' 14/09/2010
Event Date
“Mutual recognition: Boosting the Single Market! – Exploring the opportunities and challenges for Europe” - Conclusions BusinessEurope - LPK joint event, 15 October 2013, Vilnius, Lithuania 22/10/2013

Contact

Basje Bender

Junior Adviser
Tel:
+32 2 237 65 64
Last updated: 15 September 2015