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UNE meeting: Promoting public-private partnerships in market surveillance


Last 6 July, the Spanish Association for Standardization, UNE, held the online Market Surveillance Meeting. Entry into force of European Regulation (EU) 2019/1020, in which key representatives of Spanish Public Administrations and economic sectors made very positive assessments of the new European Regulations on market surveillance and product conformity (EU) 2019/1020 which came into force on 16 July.

The main purpose of this European regulation is to strengthen control mechanisms through public-private partnership between the market surveillance authorities and the economic players in all countries of the European Union.

At a UNE Meeting, experts underlined the need to comply with technical standards and legislation to prevent the marketing of unsafe products and services, which seriously damage the economy, harm consumers and entail unfair competition for companies that do comply.

The experts highlighted how compliance with technical standards has many benefits; including providing credibility in the markets, boosting industrial activity and providing a guarantee for consumers.

Precisely in order to strengthen public-private partnership, UNE has launched the Market Surveillance Observatory, with the participation of more than 30 relevant Spanish business organizations, the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Industry, Trade and Tourism, and the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation.

The Conference was opened by Javier García, CEO of UNE. The event was organized in two round tables, presented by Paloma García, Director of Standardization and Stakeholder Programmes at UNE.

The General Director of Consumer Affairs, Bibiana Medialdea, took part, offering the vision of the Public Administrations; the Head of the Industrial Safety Department of the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism, José Antonio Delgado-Echagüe; Nelson Castro, Directorate-General for Consumer Affairs; Ana Acero, Deputy Director of the Directorate-General for Consumer Affairs; Belén Alonso, National Coordinator for Standardization, Certification and Conformity Assessment at SOIVRE- MINCOTUR; representatives of the State Secretariat for Telecommunications and Digital Infrastructures (SETELECO) of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation (MINECO) and Jorge Iñesta, Deputy Director General of Industry and Inspection of the Directorate-General for Economic and Industrial Promotion of the Department of Economy, Finance and Employment of the Community of Madrid.

The round table offering the industry's vision was moderated by Alfredo Berges, Chairman of the Market Surveillance Observatory and Deputy Chairman of UNE, and was attended by Cristina Miró, Technical Secretary of the Spanish Toy Manufacturers Association (AEFJ); Jose Luis Díez, Secretary General of the Spanish Association of Paint and Printing Ink Manufacturers (ASEFAPI) and Óscar Querol, Director of the Technical Department of the Association of Electrical Material Manufacturers (AFME).



Javier García

Director General of UNE

Bibiana Medialdea

General Manager of the
Ministry of Consumer Affairs

José Antonio

Head of Industrial Safety MINCOTUR

Nelson Castro

Directorate-General for Consumer Affairs

Ana Acero

Deputy Director of the Directorate-General for Consumer Affairs Ministry of Consumer Affairs

Belén Alonso

National Coordinator for Standardisation, Certification and Conformity Assessment SOIVRE - MINCOTUR

Diego Oteo

Head of Equipment Market Certification and Surveillance Area

Jorge Iñesta

G.S. Industry and Inspection.
DG of Economic and Industrial Promotion Sec. of Economy, Employment and Competitiveness Community of Madrid

Cristina Miró

Technical Secretary of AEFJ

José Luis Díez

Secretary General of ASEFAPI

Óscar Querol

Director of the Technical Department at AFME

Alfredo Berges

Chairman of the OMV and Deputy Chairman of UNE

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