The EU-China Trade Project has organized an internship programme for officials from the General Administration of Quality, Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) in key EU institutions through close collaboration with AQSIQ and the European Commission’s DG Enterprise. Internships have been identified as being among the most effective ways to build confidence in, and bridges between, respective SPS and TBT systems.
Five interns have taken up three month-long placements at the European Commission Enterprise and Health and Consumer Protection Directorates-General, in addition to the OECD (Public Governance and Territorial Development Directorate). Another intern took up an internship at the Delegation of the European Commission in Bangkok, Thailand in order to work closely with the EU’s chief veterinary officer for the Asia-Pacific region, Mr Patrick Deboyser. Through these internships, the interns develop a better understanding of the EU’s standardization policies, as well as the importance of building mechanisms for delivering better regulation. Key tools such as regulatory impact analysis were integral part of the training. It is hoped that the interns will use the knowledge and skills they have gained in order to support the needs of China’s transition from a system of governmental technical regulations to market-oriented voluntary standards prepared by interested stakeholders. Initial feedback suggests that the internship programme can help to promote mutual understanding between China and the EU of the respective regulatory and standardization policy systems.
The programme is planned to conclude in July 2005.