Press conference by Antonio Tajani, Vice-President of the EC, on the registration of motor vehicles previously registered in another Member State
Antonio Tajani, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Industry and Entrepreneurship, gave a press conference on the registration of motor vehicles previously registered in another Member State. Each year, EU citizens and companies had to move 3.5 million vehicles to another Member State, and needed to get them registered according to the national legislation. However, what should be a simple registration procedure in the 21st century Single Market remained a cumbersome and lengthy administrative procedure because of the diversity of rules and the various conflicting requirements. It took on average 5 weeks to complete the procedure and the cost was estimated at €400 for citizen and for businesses. Moreover, these problems also represented a significant barrier to the free movement of goods, services and workers, and therefore for growth and jobs creation in Europe. The EC was thus acting to dramatically reduce this unnecessary administrative burden. The proposal presented during the press conference would lead to a very substantial administrative simplification with total savings of at least € 1.5 billion per year for businesses, citizens and registration authorities.