Whatever the sector, companies doing business in the EU need to navigate a host of legislation governing aspects of their operations in addition to specific regulation in areas such as product safety or environmental law.
Our work on these general legal issues at EU level focuses on topics affecting business-to-business relations in the technology industries as a whole – from the framework around liability and redress, to contract law and protection of intellectual property rights (IPR). We aim to ensure a stable regulatory environment for the companies we represent, one that will continue to enable our industry to innovate, grow and provide solutions to future societal challenges.
Scroll down for an overview of our advocacy work in this area - and click here to view all Orgalim position papers on legal topics.
A stable liability regime at EU level is crucial to provide companies with legal certainty. For the technology producers we represent, the core element of the European liability framework is the Product Liability Directive, a longstanding piece of legislation covering any product placed on the market in the EU. Orgalim advocates maintaining this proven directive, as its technology-neutral provisions have created a stable framework while enabling technological development over the years.
When it comes to contract law at European level, Orgalim is firmly convinced that EU regulation should not interfere in business-to-business contracts. In the case of business-to-consumer contracts, we believe that adequate legislation is already in place to protect consumers and question the need for any new regulatory measures that would apply in contexts such as sales of goods, for example.
The role of innovation in the competitiveness of the technology industries makes protecting IPR a prime concern for the companies we represent. This is why Orgalim has long campaigned in favour of a determined fight against counterfeiting and piracy, and why we support the adoption of the EU-wide ‘unitary patent’ that will make it easier for companies to obtain patent protection across Europe.
The technology companies we represent are committed to meeting the highest standards of product quality and safety. Redress systems nevertheless remain important mechanisms for consumer protection. With an effective legal framework in place at national level, we do not see the need for additional redress mechanisms at EU level – and warn against introducing any new legislation that could create uncertainty for European companies, in particular small and medium-sized enterprises.
Legal Affairs and Trade Policy Adviser