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EU, U.S. pledge unity on consumer product safety control
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20:58, April 03, 2008

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The European Union (EU) and the United States Thursday pledged unity on consumer product safety control and vowed not to compromise on product safety.

"We have the same goals that we will not compromise on (product) safety," European Consumer Protection Commissioner Meglena Kuneva told reporters after a meeting with Nancy Nord, chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

"We are moving very pragmatically, to be visible, to be there to help, and to achieve our common goals," said Kuneva.

While acknowledging differences between the EU and U.S. systems concerning consumer protection, Nord said there are many similarities between the two.

"We should look for every opportunity to bring closer our systems. That is for the benefit for the consumers, for the sellers and for the manufacturers," she added.

"I think it will be very important for our two systems to speak with one voice on these issues of safety," Nord said.

She said both sides share "a responsibility and obligation" when considering new regulations concerning product safety.

Kuneva also announced that the EU would host an international consumer product safety week on Nov. 17-21 this year, which would address all product safety issues and invite the United States and all other stakeholders from different parts of the world.

She said the safety week is a "strong political signal" that Brussels and Washington will continue to "cooperate very closely and act."

"To find solutions, we need to exercise the possible actions we can. We should not delay our actions, delay our messages to our partners," she added.

When asked about the whereabouts of the dangerous goods detected on EU markets, Kuneva said they were all "destroyed" according to the general product safety directive.

Source: Xinhua

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