New rules to boost the SMEs’ activity

The European Parliament and the Council has adopted a regulation on mutual recognition of goods, which is applicable since mid-April. This new regulation will make it faster, simpler and easier for companies, especially SMEs, to sell their products across Europe.

The harmonisation of rules at Union level ensures the free movement of goods in the internal market, however, the common requirements for the marketing of certain goods is not entirely harmonised. Regulation (EU) 2019/515 on the mutual recognition of goods lawfully marketed in another Member State was adopted in order to facilitate the application of the principle of mutual recognition by establishing procedures to minimise the possibility of creating unlawful obstacles to the free movement of goods.

The new provisions of the Regulation aim to ensure that products move freely within the EU, once they are lawfully marketed in a Member State. According to the Regulation, companies can fill in a voluntary so called “mutual recognition declaration” to show competent national authorities that their products are lawfully marketed in another Member State. If a company’s market access for products is denied or restricted, it has the possibility to contest such decision using SOLVIT, the EU’s problem-solving, business friendly network. The new regulation is applicable as of 19 April 2020.

Thierry Breton, Internal Market Commissioner believes that “A strong Single Market is Europe’s best tool to exit the unprecedented crisis caused by the coronavirus” and this change may also help European businesses to become even stronger.

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