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EU single market: Making it easier to sell a product in another EU country

EU single market: Making it easier to sell a product in another EU country
Published on: 20/04/2020
On 19 April, new rules on the mutual recognition of goods started to apply across the EU. They will make it faster, simpler and easier for companies, especially small and medium-sized enterprises, to sell their products across Europe.

The new rules aim to boost the EU’s mutual recognition principle which allows products to move freely within the single market if they are lawfully marketed in one EU country.

Under the new rules, companies can fill in a voluntary ‘mutual recognition declaration’ which will clearly show competent national authorities that their products are lawfully marketed in another EU country. When companies are denied or restricted market access for their products they can contest such decisions using a business friendly procedure on SOLVIT, the European Commission’s problem-solving network.

Moreover, reinforced 'product contact points' set up in each EU country will provide information on national technical rules easily accessible online.

Commissioner for Internal Market Thierry Breton said: ‘A strong single market is Europe’s best tool to exit the unprecedented crisis caused by the coronavirus. These new rules will help European businesses and make the single market even stronger. We will make sure that goods can be sold across Europe more easily and reduce red tape.’

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