Over the last few years, the EU regulatory landscape for the tyre and rubber industry has changed significantly, introducing more stringent requirements for safety, health and environmental purposes, and enhancing information transparency to consumers. The complexity of EU legislation is increasing and is focusing especially in the environmental area, on characteristics and components which were not legislated in such a way in the past. In certain areas, EU legislation is definitely more stringent than on other continents.

Health, safety and environmental regulations, necessary as they are, have an impact on industry competitiveness. The effect of cumulative legislation can be especially burdensome to European industrial sectors that are competing in global markets. ETRMA Members make every effort to comply with the EU rules and ETRMA actively co-operates with the European Commission in order to develop EU legislation that better takes into account the imperatives under which industry operates.