Beginning Thursday, 26 April 2018 12:15
End Thursday, 26 April 2018 14:00
Event fees British Chamber members: €75.00 (incl. VAT)
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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 and Philippe Portalier, Director Internal Market and Standardisation for Orgalime. 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 Ingels 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).

Standardisation and Technical Policy Manager | ORGALIME - The European Engineering Industries Association

Philippe Portalier coordinates the Orgalime advocacy on the Union technical harmonisation legislation, risk assessment, standardisation and conformity assessment of relevance to the industry in the electrical, electronic, mechanical and metalworking sectors. This led him to work on the three Goods Packages of 2007, 2013 and 2017, the alignment of EU harmonisation legislation with the New Legislative Framework (NLF) for the marketing of industrial products (2014-2016). Since 2001, Philippe Portalier represents Orgalime in PROSAFE stakeholder workshops. Before joining Orgalime in 1998, he worked for 12 years for various public and private organisations in France, including the European Commission (in the former Parisian info-centre “Sources d’Europe”) and the household appliance maker “Groupe Brandt”. Philippe holds a Bachelor in EU Legal Affairs from the Sorbonne University (Paris, 1986) and in Industrial Property Law (1985). Orgalime members in the UK are: BEAMA (Federation of British Electrotechnical and Allied Manufacturers – Associations Ltd), EAMA (Engineering and Machinery Alliance) and GAMBICA (Association for Instrumentation, Control, Automation and Laboratory Technology).

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