Mutual recognition of goods

06-02-2019

One of the main rules enabling the frictionless trade in goods in the EU, in the absence of specific EU rules, is the principle of mutual recognition, under which goods lawfully marketed in one Member State may be sold in another Member State. To address a number of shortcomings in the application of this principle, the Commission proposed to revise the current rules, which date back to 2008. In November 2018, the European Parliament and Council reached agreement in trilogue negotiations on the proposal, which is now scheduled to be voted by Parliament at first reading during the February plenary session.

One of the main rules enabling the frictionless trade in goods in the EU, in the absence of specific EU rules, is the principle of mutual recognition, under which goods lawfully marketed in one Member State may be sold in another Member State. To address a number of shortcomings in the application of this principle, the Commission proposed to revise the current rules, which date back to 2008. In November 2018, the European Parliament and Council reached agreement in trilogue negotiations on the proposal, which is now scheduled to be voted by Parliament at first reading during the February plenary session.