Sin­gle Mar­ket in goods: what is good for one EU coun­try should be good for an­other

The Malta Business Weekly - - NEWS -

“We need the mu­tual recog­ni­tion of goods to en­sure the free move­ment of prod­ucts in the EU. The Sin­gle Mar­ket for goods, one of the great­est achieve­ments of the EU, still needs to be com­pleted“, said Ivan Šte­fanec MEP af­ter the adop­tion of the draft Re­port in the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment’s In­ter­nal Mar­ket and Con­sumer Pro­tec­tion Com­mit­tee.

“A prod­uct that is law­fully on the mar­ket in one Mem­ber State should not be pro­hib­ited in an­other Mem­ber State“, said Šte­fanec, au­thor of the Pro­posal for a Reg­u­la­tion on the Mu­tual Recog­ni­tion of Goods. The law in ques­tion will put an end to these re­stric­tions and help EU con­sumers fully ben­e­fit from the EU Sin­gle Mar­ket. The prod­ucts con­cerned are not those which fall un­der har­monised EU laws, such as many con­sumer prod­ucts (fur­ni­ture, child­care prod­ucts, tex­tile etc).

Šte­fanec pro­posed boost­ing cross­bor­der co­op­er­a­tion by set­ting up a Co­or­di­na­tion Group com­posed of the rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the com­pe­tent au­thor­i­ties and the Prod­uct Con­tact Points of the Mem­ber States.

He also stressed the ben­e­fits of the new law for the pro­duc­ers who will ben­e­fit from bet­ter le­gal cer­tainty. “The pro­ce­dures for busi­nesses and na­tional au­thor­i­ties will be sim­pli­fied and ev­ery­body will win with the free move­ment of goods in the EU Sin­gle Mar­ket.”

The Re­port also favours that SOLVIT be used as an al­ter­na­tive to court pro­ceed­ings to solve prob­lems with mar­ket ac­cess for goods from dif­fer­ent Mem­ber States.

Mem­bers of the In­ter­nal Mar­ket and Con­sumer Pro­tec­tion Com­mit­tee also ap­proved the man­date to en­ter into in­terin­sti­tu­tional ne­go­ti­a­tions.

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