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17 February 2014

Burdens reduced for European industrial products

Strengthening the effectiveness of the internal market for industrial products was identified as a priority in the October 2012 update on an Integrated Industrial Policy. Accordingly, the European Commission carried out an evaluation of EU law in the area of industrial products to assess the regulatory framework’s overall coherence and ‘fitness for purpose’ and to develop an evidence base on the cumulative regulatory effects from an industry perspective. In parallel, the Commission organised a public consultation of stakeholders. The ensuing Communication "A vision for the internal market for industrial products"  pushes for a more integrated internal market based on rationalising the existing regulatory framework. The Commission will also prepare a Regulation on Enforcement to help reinforce a level-playing field for compliant products in the EU. The Enterprise Europe Network will be reinforced to strengthen support for SMEs in the internal market and further enhance the assistance given for access to finance and for the innovation management capacity of SMEs. The new proposal contributes to the overall reduction of administrative burdens by aligning industrial product rules to a common set of principles thereby reducing sectoral fragmentation and conflicting or overlapping requirements for products which are governed by more than one piece of legislation. See press release dated 5 February and DG ENTR pages.

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