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26.11.2018 European weighing industry calls for stronger EU single market

Brussels-based CECIP, the European weighing industry association, called for strengthening of the EU single market during a 21 November breakfast organised in the European Parliament that was hosted by Czech MEP Dita Charanzová (ALDE). She supported a strong EU market, saying: “We need the Commission to ensure existing harmonised standards are respected by national authorities and that the principle of mutual recognition is further extended to services. This means greater market surveillance and renewed offers to reduce national barriers by the Commission.”


Various aspects of a further strengthening of the EU single market for goods and services were discussed during the breakfast. One important area for CECIP is harmonisation of reverification requirements. Periodic reverifications of weighing instruments and reverifications after repair are mandatory in most countries to ensure the weighing instruments continue to function accurately and reliably. However, these reverification requirements are set in national legislation and differ between countries. This creates barriers to trade and an increased administrative burden for companies, particularly for SMEs. During the breakfast CECIP president Urs Widmer explained: “CECIP believes the EU single market is one of the strengths of the European weighing industry. With new initiatives such as a harmonisation of the reverification requirements, the competitiveness of the European industry and consumer protection can be improved”.


Another aspect presented was the need for consistent interpretations of legislation across the whole of the EU. For the weighing industry it is important that the EU legislation is interpreted in a similar manner in all member states. Different interpretations require manufacturers to make design changes to weighing instruments for one specific market. This increases costs and results in unfair competition. CECIP called on member states to coordinate via organisations such as WELMEC (Organisation on European cooperation in legal metrology cooperation) and NoBoMet (European platform of notified bodies working in legal metrology) to enable clear and fast decisions to be arrived at where differences in interpretations exist. www.cecip.eu

 


Speakers at the CECIP breakfast (from the left): Stefano Soro, head of the biotechnology and food supply chain unit of the European Commission’s DG GROW; Urs Widmer, CECIP president; Dita Charanzová; John Derksen, Agentschap Telecom, the organisation responsible for market surveillance in the Netherlands; and Richard Herbert, CECIP business and trade group president

 

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