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Parliamentary questions
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29 November 2019
Answer given by Ms Bieńkowska
on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-003046/2019

All products placed on the EU market, irrespective of their origin, must comply with the requirements laid down in EU or national law. It is the responsibility of the Member States’ competent authorities to ensure effective enforcement of the rules. Customs officials cooperate with market surveillance authorities to carry out risk-based controls on products imported from third countries and take appropriate measures in cases of non-compliance.

In the area of non-food products, Regulation (EU) 2019/1020(1) will reinforce the market surveillance framework ensuring compliance with, and enforcement of, EU product legislation. The regulation will also strengthen the control of products entering the EU market, in particular by:

• Enhancing risk-information exchange between customs and market surveillance authorities in order to better target controls;

• Providing for the adoption of implementing acts defining benchmarks and techniques for customs checks based on common risk analysis at EU level; and

• Establishing a Union Product Compliance Network to strengthen cooperation between national enforcement authorities and to support EU-wide market surveillance actions, including controls on imports and products sold online.

The Commission is preparing the creation of the Union Product Compliance Network and the implementing measures required by the regulation.

Lastly, when an EU industry has evidence that imports from a Third Country are dumped and injuring the EU industry, it can lodge a complaint with the Commission. If there is sufficient evidence of injurious dumping, the Commission will initiate an anti-dumping investigation to determine whether anti-dumping measures can be imposed. Recent changes to the EU’s trade defence legislation have introduced the possibility for social and environmental issues to be taken into account in certain aspects of anti-dumping investigations.

(1) OJ L 169, 25.6.2019.
Last updated: 3 December 2019Legal notice