Please note that this is an EU Committee event. You will have 20 minutes networking time at the beginning of the event.
At this panel debate Hans Ingels, Head of Unit – Single Market Policy, Mutual Recognition and Surveillance, DG GROW will discuss the Commission’s proposal of “The Goods Package” with Stephen Russel, Secretary General for ANEC. This legislation aims to combat raising cases of national protectionism within the single market through two legislative proposals, the mutual recognition of goods and enforcement of the rules. The proposals objectives are to make selling goods across the single market easier for companies (especially SMEs) and to strengthen controls by national authorities to prevent unsafe products reaching the market. Ultimately reinforcing consumer trust in the single market.
Secretary General | ANEC
Stephen Russell has been Secretary-General of ANEC since January 2007. Stephen has participated in countless political and technical fora related to standardisation and standards over almost 30 years. He was a board member of ICPHSO (the International Consumer Product Health & Safety Organisation) for the 2010 to 2015 term. In January 2004, Stephen become Director, Standards in the CEN Management Centre, Brussels. Before this he was elected Vice-Chair of the CEN Technical Board in January 2003. In March 1989, Stephen joined the British Standards Institution (BSI). He was appointed Head of Technical Policy in 1998, a role where his responsibilities included representation of the UK in the Technical Boards of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the European Committee for Standardization (CEN). Stephen holds a Master of Arts degree in applied economics from the University of St Andrews (Scotland).
Head of Unit | European Commission
Hans Ingles is the Head of the Single Market Policy, Mutual Recognition and Market Surveillance Unit in the European Commission's DG for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs. The Unit is also responsible for free movement of goods (Articles 34-36 TFEU) and product liability. He joined the European Commission in 1995 and spent most of his career on files related to the single market for products. Hans Ingels obtained a Law Degree (KULeuven – Belgium), a Degree in Notarial Studies (KULeuven - Belgium), a Postgraduate in Company Law (KUBrussel Belgium) and a Master Degree in European and International Law (VUBrussel – Belgium).