Mutual recognition of goods [EU Legislation in Progress]

Written by Marcin Szczepański (1st edition),

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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. This is due to free movement of goods in the EU, which is based on either harmonised product rules at the EU level or the principle of mutual recognition under which goods lawfully marketed in one Member State may be sold in another Member State.

The Commission identified a number of shortcomings in the application of the mutual recognition principle. These include unclear scope, difficulties in demonstrating that the product was lawfully marketed in a given Member State, the slow and costly process of challenging the decisions of authorities, and insufficient communication among the actors involved.

In December 2017, the Commission proposed to address these issues with a new regulation on mutual recognition of goods that enhances the role of national product contact points and introduces a faster problem-solving procedure involving the SOLVIT network, as well as a new voluntary ‘mutual recognition declaration’ to be filled by economic operators to prove lawful marketing in a Member State.


Stage: Commission proposal

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