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New barriers to trade, which result from the adoption of diverging national technical standards and regulations, can be prevented through a procedure laid down by Directive 98/34/EC. Member States are obliged to notify draft technical regulations and standards to the Commission and to the other Member States. During a standstill period these may not be adopted, which leaves the Commission and the other Member States the possibility to react. In the absence of reactions within the initial standstill period of three months, the draft technical regulations may then be adopted. Otherwise, where objections are raised, a further three months standstill is imposed. The standstill period is 12 months where there is a proposal for a directive. However, the standstill period does not apply where, for urgent reasons, a Member State is obliged to introduce technical regulations in a very short space of time in order to protect public health or safety, animals or plants. Directive 98/34/EC also gives the Commission the possibility of inviting, after consultation with the Member States, the European standards organizations to elaborate European standards. The New Approach required the implementation of new regulatory techniques.


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