Once the EU has passed laws on food and product safety, consumer rights or public health, it is up to national, regional and local governments to apply those laws - to ensure traders, manufacturers and food producers stick to the rules.
Part of our job is to check that this is really happening.
To be effective, our policies must take account of related EU policies on trade, competitiveness and the environment for example, and the concerns of our stakeholders. Through broad consultation , we want to hear from all interested parties.
Where EU action is needed, we make proposals using a mixture of laws, support for projects and other measures. We also support national or regional authorities where they are better placed to act.