On 21 December, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway submitted a joint Comment on the evaluation of the market surveillance provisions of Regulation (EC) No 765/2008 and on actions to enhance enforcement and compliance in the Single Market for goods.
The Single Market Strategy (October 2015) states that the Commission will launch a comprehensive set of actions to further enhance efforts to keep non-compliant products from the EU market. The European Commission is also in the process of carrying out an evaluation of the market surveillance provisions of Regulation (EC) No 765/2008 with the aim of adopting a legislative proposal in 2017.
In their comment, the EEA EFTA States welcome the Commission’s commitment to strengthening product compliance as non-compliant products cause harm to both consumers and law-abiding businesses. In this context, some recommendations are put forward which relate to: (1) the need for more resources for effective market surveillance; (2) the importance of strengthening coordination efforts among market surveillance authorities in the different EEA States; (3) The online sales of non-compliant products and (4) The need for guidance and information campaigns aimed at economic operators to increase their awareness of applicable product requirements.
The EEA EFTA States share the Commission’s view that deterrence and effective enforcement mechanisms are essential to create a level playing field for businesses selling products in the European Economic area and that stronger efforts are needed to target the rogue traders who cut corners or deliberately bypass the rules to gain a competitive advantage.