Provisional deal on product safety directives reached

14 October 2013, Last updated at, 16:47 EEST
  • RSS
  • Print
Loading...
author: EFE/Scanpix

During the Lithuanian EU Council Presidency, on 11 October, the Permanent Representatives Committee (COREPER) unanimously approved the agreement reached during the debates with the European Parliament on the updated eight product safety directives. Amendments to the directives will provide clearer labeling of products, less red tape for industry and more effective market surveillance.

These product safety rules would be applied for a wide range of products covering almost all consumer electronics, such as phones or irons, lifts as well as explosives or other products intended for only professional use.

According to the Vice Minister of Economy of Lithuania Rasa Noreikienė, EU harmonized legislation, which ensures the free movement of goods, contributes to better operation of the EU single market. This legislation provides a high level of consumer protection and on its basis economic operators can prove the compliance with safety requirements.

Consumers will receive better protection, as health-related impacts of new products will be more strictly controlled and better traceability of products ensured. European producers will be protected in a more consistent manner against importers of dangerous products from third countries. The free movement of safe goods will be ensured.

According to the amendments, instruction and information accompanying products, including their labels, should be clear and understandable. In order to increase transparency, economic operators will be encouraged to place not only their postal, but also website addresses on the labels of their products.

The economic operators will also be able to benefit from less red tape as they will be provided with the possibility to submit documents which prove the compliance with the relevant EU law not only in paper form, but also through the electronic means.

The provisionally agreed text of eight directives establishing the harmonized rules on non-automatic weighing instruments, measuring instruments, simple pressure vessels, lifts, explosives for civil uses, electrical equipments, equipments intended for use in explosive atmospheres and apparatus with electromagnetic compatibility requirements still needs to be adopted by the European Parliament Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee and they will have to be approved by the European Parliament's plenary session and the EU Council.

Check all

Search by policy areas

  • General Affairs (GAC)
  • Foreign Affairs (FAC)
  • Economic & Financial Affairs (ECOFIN)
  • Justice & Home Affairs (JHA)
  • Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs (EPSCO)
  • Competitiveness (COMPET)
  • Transport, Telecommunications & Energy (TTE)
  • Agriculture & Fisheries (AGRI)
  • Environment (ENVI)
  • Education, Youth, Culture & Sport (EYCS)
8.8930130004883E-5

Events calendar

Search All events
Previous Next
December 2013
Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa Su
25 26 27 28 29 30
8
14
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
01 02 03 04 05
From 28.11.2013 to 29.11.2013
The 3rd Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius

News subscription

About subscription

Social Media

  • Jan 14, President @Grybauskaite_LT presented results of #EU2013LT to EP in Strasbourg. Read press release here: about 101 days ago
  • Watch live press conference of Lithuanian President @Grybauskaite_LT & EP President Schulz about 101 days ago
  • RT @Grybauskaite_LT: @EU2013LT gave all efforts for #EU financial stability, growth&jobs: work should be continued about 101 days ago
  • RT @Grybauskaite_LT: @EU2013LT gave all efforts for #EU financial stability, growth&jobs: work should be continued about 101 days ago
  • RT @EU2013LT: Today #Lithuania President @Grybauskaite_LT will present #EU2013LT results to @Europarl_EN in official closing event http://t… about 101 days ago
  • Watch live at 9am (CET) presentation by @Grybauskaite_LT of #EU2013LT results @ #EP plenary session #EbS+ @EU2013LT about 101 days ago
  • RT @EC_AVService: LIVE 09h00 CET on #EbS+ EP plenary session review of the Lithuanian Presidency @EU2013LT about 101 days ago
  • @Europarl_EN plenary session review of #EU2013LT will be streamed LIVE 9:00 CET on #EbS+ about 101 days ago
  • RT @EC_AVService: LIVE 09h00 CET on #EbS+ EP plenary session review of the Lithuanian Presidency @EU2013LT about 101 days ago
  • Today #Lithuania President @Grybauskaite_LT will present #EU2013LT results to @Europarl_EN in official closing event about 101 days ago
  • RT @Leskevicius: Definite example 2 follow: #GSC "green office" campaign goes digital & offers print on demand 4 @EUCouncil meetings. Natur… about 104 days ago
  • RT @LinkeviciusL: #Vilnius becomes a synonym for #Ukraine's European integration- from my meeting w opposition MP @Poroshenko. about 105 days ago
  • RT @Grybauskaite_LT: Lithuania makes the first step in exploring space. Satellites „LitSat-1“ and „LituanicaSat-1“ were successfully launch… about 106 days ago
  • RT @LinkeviciusL: One small step for space history, a big leap for #Lithuania - 1st LT satellites take off from @NASA ! #CubeSats @Lituani… about 106 days ago
  • RT @EUCouncilPress: Congratulations to the new Greek EU Council presidency- looking forward to working together! @gr2014eu #GR2014EU about 107 days ago
  • Achievements of #EU2013LT: more credible, growing and open #Europe; infographics about 109 days ago
  • #EU2013LT achievements for credible, growing and open Europe: described, counted up and collected in one place. Here: about 112 days ago
  • RT @PRLTUN: Seeing the name of #Lithuania at the #UN #SecurityCouncil- a moment of great pride for my country about 113 days ago
  • RT @francediplo: Les succès de la présidence du conseil de l'#UE par la #Lituanie qui vient de s'achever : #EU2013LT… about 113 days ago
  • RT @Grybauskaite_LT: First day with #Euro in #Latvia. Congratulations to our #Baltic neighbours! about 114 days ago
  • RT @Grybauskaite_LT: All the success for #Greece taking over the EU Presidency! @GreekPresidency @EU2013LT @gr2014eu about 114 days ago
  • #EU2013LT over, #Lithuania is now non-permanent member of @UN Security Council. For updates, follow @LithuaniaUNNY and @PRLTUN about 114 days ago
  • RT @LinkeviciusL: Good New Year' morning #Greece! Most heartfelt wishes for successful @GreekPresidency #EU! about 114 days ago
  • RT @LinkeviciusL: Congrats #Latvia! Historic moment, our neighbors is the 18th member of € zone! Hope #Lithuania will join this family next… about 114 days ago
  • RT @LinkeviciusL: Good New Year' morning #Greece! Most heartfelt wishes for successful @GreekPresidency #EU! about 114 days ago
  • RT @EU2013LTpress: Having worked for credible, growing, open Europe #EU2013LT hands @EUCouncil Presidency to #GR2014EU. Ευτυχισμένο το... about 114 days ago
  • RT @IrelandRepBru: Congrats and job well done to @EU2013LTpress; and welcome and good luck to @gr2014eu about 114 days ago
  • Having worked for credible, growing, open Europe #EU2013LT hands @EUCouncil Presidency to #GR2014EU. Ευτυχισμένο το Νέο Έτος!... about 114 days ago
  • RT @LinkeviciusL: First, singing revolution, now- singing Presidency- concluding song by the #EU2013LT team: about 114 days ago
  • As #EU2013LT comes to a close, Perm Rep Karoblis reviews accomplishments, thanks Presidency team and partners. Watch: about 115 days ago