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EC to weaken firework safety standards

October 13th, 1993
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Myth: Proposed European Community legislation could well lead to the sales of dangerous
fireworks. Safety standards are currently very stringent in the UK and these could be undermined by a weakening of controls that are more characteristic of other European countries.
Source: Yorkshire Post (13 October 93)

Response: There are currently no  Community rules relating to requirements for fireworks. However preparatory work has recently started in order to ascertain the scope for a possible Coomunity initiative relating to pyrotechnical articles (ie. fireworks, flares etc). A group of experts from the Member States’ Administrations met for the first time on 20th September 1993, and a first draft was examined. If a proposal is put forward by the Commission, then it would contain the requirements that fireworks would have to satisfy in order to be placed legally onto the EC market. Any such requirements would of course guarantee the “high level of protection” referred to in Article 100a.3 of the Treaty of Rome, and therefore safeguard the standards cherished by the UK.

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