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Parliamentary questions
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10 February 2020
P-000799/2020
Priority question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Liesje Schreinemacher
 Subject: Rules of origin after Brexit

On 27 January 2020, the Commission sent a note verbale to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) announcing that until the end of the transition period, the United Kingdom would be treated as a Member State for the purpose of international agreements.

It is uncertain, however, whether third countries with which the EU has free trade agreements are committed to applying the same rules of origin during the transition period if a good contains British materials.

Some companies in the EU are concerned that, under these circumstances, they risk losing preferential treatment – such as a substantial reduction in tariffs – if their goods contain British materials.

Did the Commission receive any official response from the EU’s trading partners to its note verbale to the WTO, in particular regarding the application of the rules of origin?

If so, will it communicate which countries have committed to applying the same rules of origin during the transition period?

Will it provide companies in the EU with the necessary information so that they can prepare for potential consequences regarding the application of the rules of origin?

Original language of question: NL
Last updated: 13 February 2020Legal notice