Written by Marcin Szczepański (3rd edition, updated on 8.2.2019),
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 agreed its general approach in May 2018. A provisional agreement between the co-legislators was reached on 22 November 2018. The text is now expected to be adopted in plenary in February 2019.
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 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. This proposal addresses a number of shortcomings in the application of the mutual recognition principle.
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.
|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’)|
|Next steps expected:||First-reading vote in plenary|