2. Machine Safety in the EU

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The European Union (EU) now has 27 member states with 500 million residents. The member states of the EU have set up bodies that apply across the Union, to which they have transferred parts of their single state sovereignty. The EU Commission and the EU Council compile directives with basic requirements that then must be adopted by the member states into their national law. The European standards organizations, CEN, CENELEC and ETSI are commissioned to draw up EU standards that technically solidify the applicable directives and legal provisions.