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EU To Drop All Technical Barriers for Bike Export

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BRUSSELS, Belgium – In the near future a Trekking bike produced for instance in Poland that meets the CEN standard can be sold in all other EU member states without having to comply with local technical requirements, as currently for instance in Germany with its special law for

EU To Drop All Technical Barriers for Bike Export

BRUSSELS, Belgium – In the near future a Trekking bike produced for instance in Poland that meets the CEN standard can be sold in all other EU member states without having to comply with local technical requirements, as currently for instance in Germany with its special law for lighting systems.

The European Commission adopted earlier this week a package of measures that will eliminate many of these technical obstacles and therefore eases the marketing of goods in all EU member states.

The European Commission states: "A national technical rule should no longer prevent that a product already lawfully marketed in one Member State could be sold on the market of another member state. When a member state intends to refuse market access, it will have to give precise and detailed objective reasons for doing so and it will have to give the importing company the opportunity to react before a final decision can be taken."

Boost for Internal Market

The introduction of these measures serves to reinforce the role and credibility of CE marking. Improvements are also proposed for the trade with goods which do not fall under EU-legislation. Commission Vice-President Günter Verheugen, responsible for Enterprise and Industry, said: “I strongly welcome the support of the European Parliament to give the internal market a new boost, in a way that it creates a win-win situation for enterprises and consumers. While product safety will be strengthened I also expect that consumers will benefit from a much wider choice.”

Unnecessary Adjustments no Longer Needed

The package also strengthens the internal market of a wide range of other products, which are not subject to EU harmonisation, such as bicycles. The European Commission says: "These types of products are very often subject to many different national rules laying down the requirements that these products should meet.

Until now, the differences between these rules in many member states discouraged companies, in particular small and medium enterprises, from venturing outside their domestic market because they had to prove that their products which were legally sold in a given member state, comply with technical rules in other member states. Other companies were obliged to make expensive and often unnecessary adjustments to their products so that they became also more expensive for the consumers."

It is expected that the Council of the EU will approve the package of measures soon, so it can enter into force as soon as it is published in the Offcial Journal of the European Union.

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