Members' Research Service By / January 23, 2018

Mutual recognition of goods [EU Legislation in Progress]

Despite significant progress in recent decades, the EU single market for goods is not yet fully integrated. Intra-EU trade is important as it remains twice as big as extra-EU trade and is consistently rising.

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Written by Marcin Szczepański (4th edition, updated on 25.4.2019),

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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, which aimed to revise previous rules dating from 2008.

This regulation aims to improve the rules governing the trade of goods in the single market. Intra-EU trade remains twice as big as extra-EU trade, and is rising constantly. 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. The proposal addressed a number of shortcomings in the application of the mutual recognition principle.

A provisional agreement between the co-legislators was reached on 22 November 2018. The text was adopted in plenary in February 2019. The new rules will improve collaboration among national authoritites and enhance the role of national product contact points. They will introduce a faster problem-solving procedure for disputes between companies and national authorities, as well as a new voluntary declaration to be filled in by economic operators to prove lawful marketing in an EU Member State. The new rules will apply from 19 April 2020.

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Proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the mutual recognition of goods lawfully marketed in another Member State
Committee responsible: Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) COM(2017) 796
Rapporteur: Ivan Štefanec (EPP, Slovakia) 2017/0354(COD)
Shadow rapporteurs: Virginie Rozière (S&D, France)

Emma McClarkin (ECR, United Kingdom)

Morten Løkkegaard (ALDE, Denmark)

Pascal Durand (Greens/EFA, France)

Marco Zullo (EFDD, Italy)

Ordinary legislative procedure (COD) (Parliament and Council on equal footing – formerly ‘co-decision’)
Procedure completed. Regulation (EU) 2019/515
OJ L 91, 29.3.2019, pp. 1-18

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