|What is the CE marking ?|
The European Commission refers to the CE Marking of products as a "passport" which allows manufacturers to freely circulate their products within the European market place. The marking applies only to products regulated by European health, safety and environmental protection legislation (product directives). CE Marking is a mark that is affixed to a product to designate that it is in full compliance with all applicable European Union legal requirements.
The actual CE Marking consists the letters "CE" which a manufacturer affixes to certain products for access to the European market (consisting of 25 countries and also referred to as the European Economic Area or EEA). The letters "CE' are an abbreviation of a French phrase "Conformity European". The marking indicates that the manufacturer has conformed to all the obligations required by the legislation. Initially, the phrase was "CE Mark", "CE Marking" was legislated as its replacement in 1993.
|What's Europe trying to pull with this CE marking ?|
Since the signing of the Treaty of Rome in 1946, the European
community has continued to pursue the plans for economic development laid
out in that document.
"The community shall adopt measures with the aim of progressively establishing the internal market ... The internal market shall comprise an area without internal frontiers in which the free movement of goods, persons, services and capital is ensured"
Listed below are some key events leading up to the free movement of goods throughout Europe:
The European Council approves "New Approach" legislation, eliminating national regulations that restrict trade and establishing community-wide standards, testing and certification procedures.
* European Union (EU) member states : Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden.
(May 1, 2004)