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13 February 2020

ETUI to draft impact assessment report on Machinery Directive

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The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has turned to the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) to draft the Information Report (Impact Assessment) on the Machinery Directive.

In 2018, the European Commission launched an evaluation of the Machinery Directive [SWD(2018)160] Stefano Boy, expert in machinery at the ETUI was recently appointed Expert of the Co-Rapporteur in the Study Group set by the Consultative Commission on Industrial Change (CCMI) of the European Economic and Social Committee. He has been asked to contribute his expertise. 

As stated by the European Commission, ‘the Machinery Directive promotes harmonisation through a combination of mandatory health and safety requirements and voluntary harmonised standards. It only applies to products that are to be placed on the EU market for the first time. It governs  the harmonisation of essential health and safety requirements for machinery at EU level and is important as it promotes the free movement of machinery within the single market and guarantees a high level of protection for EU workers and citizens’

“When it comes to the health and safety of workers using machinery across Europe, the ETUI stands on the shoulders of the giants represented by the millions of workers risking their life and health every day in all occupations involving machinery.” explains Stefano,    “ Their feedback, knowledge, suggestions, recommendations, are collected by the European Trade Union Federations (especially EFFAT, EFBWW, IndustriAll), whose continuous support is indispensable to make progress toward the achievement of healthy and safe working places”

Photo Credit: Fred Pauwels / ETUI

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