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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.


Position papers Date
Shaping a New Deal for the Single Market - Harmonised standards in support of a competitive European industry 27/01/2020
General product safety directive (GPSD) - BusinessEurope reply to the stakeholder consultation 05/12/2019
Guidance on practical aspects of the implementation of Regulation (EU) No. 1025/2012 - Reply to the European Commission consultation of stakeholders 26/09/2019
Free movement of goods: priorities for 2019-2024 22/05/2019
The way forward for the New Approach - a BusinessEurope strategy paper 01/02/2019
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
Press releases Date
“Goods package”: EU made step forward 07/02/2019
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
Proposal for a regulation on compliance and enforcement from the 'goods package' - Letter from Markus J. Beyrer to ambassadors to the EU 20/11/2018
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
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

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The new Regulation on market surveillance (EU) 2019/1020 will start applying in 2021. It will modernise market surveillance in the EU, and ensure better consumer protection and fairer competition between businesses. The conference, under the German Presidency of...

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Last updated: 22 May 2019