ERJ staff report (DS)
Brussels -- At a board meeting in Brussels, the heads of Europe's tyre and rubber makers committed to greater monitoring of imports, improved road safety and lower environmental impact from traffic. The board of ERTMA (European Tyre and Rubber Manufacturers' Association) conveyed these objectives to EU authorities. For 2011, Europe's tyre producers reaffirm their commitment to a long-term strategic compliance campaign, stressing the importance of the quality and maintenance of tyres.
Following the Board meeting, ETRMA Chairman Mr. Francesco Gori and a delegation of industry leaders met with the Vice President, Mr. Siim Kallas, Commissioner for Transport and discussed the state of the Tyre industry in Europe. They highlighted the need for national market surveillance, to ensure compliance with EU rules for tyre imports, and the importance of finalising the technical specifications for an effective and timely implementation of tyre labelling, all in the name of enhanced road safety.
The elimination of trade barriers and better access to non-EU markets under reciprocal conditions also remains a high priority for ETRMA, as well as the ongoing EU-China dialogue aimed at achieving a level playing field. The meeting of European and Chinese Tyre Industry Leaders on 26 October is a step into this direction.
In 2011, ETRMA will promote better enforcement of EU tyre-specific regulations in the market and help increase road safety. ETRMA will encourage the European Commission to develop a robust market surveillance program for tyres, a campaign that should be supported by EU and national governments to increase awareness of all stakeholders.
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Press release from ETRMA