Border blockades, demonstrations, or attacks on trucks can create major obstacles to trade and cause serious economic loses. These physical barriers to trade do not stem from national technical regulations, but from the actions of individuals or national authorities. To ensure the free movement of goods and prevent the creation of physical barriers to trade, an early warning mechanism was established. The Rapid Intervention Mechanism enables the sharing of information on obstacles between all EU countries.
The early warning mechanism was introduced in the Regulation 2679/98. EU countries are required to notify the European Commission in advance of major events such as demonstrations or road works that could negatively affect trade. This information is then shared with all EU countries. Additionally, economic actors can report risks or actual cases to the Commission.
Upon the Commission’s request, EU countries have to send regular updates on the situation in their territory and must give details about the steps taken to get rid of the obstacle. The Regulation aims to help apply the principle of the free movement of goods quickly and efficiently.