EBA took part in improving the requirements of market surveillance and control for equipment
On July 1, the European Business Association had the opportunity to discuss with representatives of the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, the State Customs Service, and the State Food and Consumer Service a range of issues which are acutely important for conscientious business, namely – market surveillance and control over compliance with ecodesign requirements for certain types of equipment.
Thus, effective state market surveillance and control is a guarantee that only safe and high-quality equipment (for example, TVs), which meets all the requirements of Ukrainian legislation, can enter the Ukrainian market. Therefore, a law-abiding business fully supports the need to create quality procedures and mechanisms that, on the one hand, would prevent the entry into the Ukrainian market of goods that do not meet the requirements of national legislation, and on the other, it would be not burdensome for law-abiding business.
Unfortunately, there is an opinion that all procedures of state market surveillance and control are aimed exclusively at prosecuting law-abiding companies, and at the same time, the market continues to sell products that do not meet the requirements of technical regulations adopted in Ukraine.
The situation is exacerbated by the fact that certain Technical Regulations will soon come into force in Ukraine, that will prohibit the introduction into circulation in Ukraine of certain types of heaters and lamps with lower energy efficiency, which are currently in demand among consumers. At the same time, EBA member companies have concerns that not all entrepreneurs are aware of the new legal requirements.
During the meeting, it was pointed out that non-abiding businesses that, contrary to new legal requirements, may decide to continue importing to Ukraine and selling less energy-efficient and prohibited types of equipment, as the latter is in some demand among consumers. Therefore, in fact, the idea arose to gather representatives of conscientious business for a round table to discuss with government officials their plans for effective state control over compliance with the requirements of the Technical Regulations by all business entities, so that all transparent businesses and consumers were more protected.
The participants of the meeting discussed the most pressing issues for business, in particular:
· plans for state market surveillance and control and opportunities for businesses to be more actively involved in the process of plan-designing, namely for 2022;
· the need for all entrepreneurs to comply with the requirements of technical regulations adopted in Ukraine, for example, on the ecodesign of heaters and lamps, which set more stringent requirements for energy efficiency of this equipment;
· the importance of timely informing business entities about the entry into force of the new requirements of technical regulations;
· plans of state bodies on measures of surveillance and control over compliance with requirements of technical regulations.
As a result, it was agreed to form specific, targeted working groups so that businesses, together with government officials, could work side by side to improve market surveillance to minimize the share of gray imports in the Ukrainian market.
EBA sincerely thanks the participants for their high expertise and clarification of technical nuances, and willingness to cooperate with business.
The event was participated by:
Vladyslava Mahaletska, the State Service of Ukraine on Food Safety and Consumer Protection;
Vovniuk Anatolii, Deputy Head for Digital Development, Digital Transformations and Digitization, State Tax Service;
Kyianychenko Serhii, Director of the Consumer Protection Department;
Bilko Viktor, Director of the Department of Regulation in the field of energy efficiency, industry, networks;
Klymiuk Yurii, Deputy Head of the Non-Tariff Regulation Department of the State Customs Service;
Hrynchuk Tetiana, Head of the Department for Reforming the System of State Control and Consumer Protection of the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade.