News - EFIC position on the revision of the mutual recognition regulation
The Single Market for Goods is one of the EU’s greatest achievements, as well as one of its most important and continuing priorities. It finds its legal roots in the free movement of goods, the first of the four fundamental freedoms of the internal market established by the Treaties.

The principle of mutual recognition complements this essential rule, by ensuring that all products can circulate freely in the EU without the need to adapt to specific National requirements, even in areas lacking of Union harmonization legislation or only partly covered by it, including furniture products.

However, there is today a growing awareness that the mutual recognition principle is not working as it should. Too often, businesses cannot now rely completely on mutual recognition to access the market across the EU. National product requirements are often set by Member
States, which raise questions about their compatibility with the Treaty obligations. Operators have to abide to those rules, and the functioning of the principle is weakened.

The European Commission has presented new measures aimed at improving the regulation on mutual recognition with the aim of helping businesses to market their products in another EU country. In particular, the European Commission has presented on 19 December 2017 a
“Goods package”, composed of two legislative proposals: 1) New Mutual Recognition Regulation; 2) Regulation on Compliance and Enforcement of EU product legislation – which applies to EU harmonised sectors.

In its position paper, EFIC shares its experience and comments on
the first proposal. The two proposals are now being discussed by the European Parliament and the Council of the EU in view of their adoption.

Please, find the EFIC paper at the link below.