In free movement of goods, the principle of mutual recognition is already commonly applied today. The need for a further regulation in this area is therefore not evident. The problem with the proposal under reference seems to be that the principle of mutual recognition now no longer seems to be directed at the Member States as legislators, but at the authorities with competence in the individual case. The draft regulation asks the responsible authorities to make an individual examination by reference to 27 different legal systems, and for that reason it seems to be virtually impossible to administer. From the perspective of the Austrian Chamber of Labour, it would make more sense to put forward proposals for further harmonisation at Community level in such areas in which there has been actual evidence in the past of problems with the recognition of technical rules.<br /><br />The planned creation of Product Contact Points seems basically useful, because it leads to greater transparency with regard to the technical rules in force in all Member States. To allow easier controls by the national authorities, however, it is crucial that Product Contact Points serve not only the needs of businesses, but also cooperate closely with the national authorities.
AK sees no evident need for a further regulation
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