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Promoting public-private partnerships in market surveillance


La Asociación Española de Normalización, UNE, ha celebrado recientemente el Encuentro online Vigilancia de Mercado. Entrada en vigor del Reglamento Europeo (UE) 2019/1020, en el que destacados expertos de Administraciones Públicas y sectores económicos españoles han valorado muy positivamente el nuevo Reglamento Europeo (UE) 2019/1020 relativo a la vigilancia del mercado y la conformidad de productos que entra en vigor el 16 de julio.

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. The initiative falls under the competence of governments and local authorities, which the new EU regulations aim to strengthen through partnership.

At the UNE Conference, the 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 with them.

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.

A great line-up

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, also 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).

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