Mutual recognition of goods

27-09-2018

The revision of the regulation on mutual recognition of goods was announced in the 2015 Single Market Strategy. The Commission adopted its proposal in December 2017. In the European Parliament the IMCO committee adopted its report on 3 September 2018 while the Council reached a general approach in May 2018. Trilogue negotiations are thus under way. This proposal aims to improve the rules governing the trade of goods in the single market. Intra-EU trade is important, since it remains twice as big as extra-EU trade and is rising consistently. This is, in large part, due to free movement of goods in the EU, which is based on either harmonised product rules at the EU level or, where there are no harmonised rules, the principle of mutual recognition under which goods lawfully marketed in one Member State may be sold in another Member State. Having identified a number of shortcomings in the application of the principle, the Commission proposed to revise the rules. The new regulation would enhance the role of national product contact points and introduce a faster problem-solving procedure involving the SOLVIT network, as well as a new voluntary ‘mutual recognition declaration’ to be filled in by economic operators to prove lawful marketing in a Member State. Second edition. The ‘EU Legislation in Progress’ briefings are updated at key stages throughout the legislative procedure. Please note this document has been designed for on-line viewing.

The revision of the regulation on mutual recognition of goods was announced in the 2015 Single Market Strategy. The Commission adopted its proposal in December 2017. In the European Parliament the IMCO committee adopted its report on 3 September 2018 while the Council reached a general approach in May 2018. Trilogue negotiations are thus under way. This proposal aims to improve the rules governing the trade of goods in the single market. Intra-EU trade is important, since it remains twice as big as extra-EU trade and is rising consistently. This is, in large part, due to free movement of goods in the EU, which is based on either harmonised product rules at the EU level or, where there are no harmonised rules, the principle of mutual recognition under which goods lawfully marketed in one Member State may be sold in another Member State. Having identified a number of shortcomings in the application of the principle, the Commission proposed to revise the rules. The new regulation would enhance the role of national product contact points and introduce a faster problem-solving procedure involving the SOLVIT network, as well as a new voluntary ‘mutual recognition declaration’ to be filled in by economic operators to prove lawful marketing in a Member State. Second edition. The ‘EU Legislation in Progress’ briefings are updated at key stages throughout the legislative procedure. Please note this document has been designed for on-line viewing.