As greater numbers of Europeans travel, live, and work abroad, the question "where do I have to register my car?" has become more difficult to answer. People who buy a car in another country and want to take it back to their home country usually face complex and burdensome registration procedures. The obligation to register a motor vehicle in another country when it is already registered in the country of origin has been a source of complaints and court cases for many years. In response, the European Commission has proposed simpler car re-registration rules.
IMPORTANT – this proposal would not change:
The proposal was adopted by the Commission on 4 April 2012 and is now making its way through the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union. At the European Parliament plenary meeting on 16 April 2014, MEPs referred the proposal back to the Internal market Committee for further discussion because the Council of the European Union was not yet ready to close a deal on the proposal. Negotiations are ongoing.