Special procedure in the legal area of mutual recognition for goods
Regulation (EU) 2019/515 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 19 March 2019 on the mutual recognition of goods lawfully marketed in another Member State and repealing Regulation (EC) No 764/2008
In 2019, SOLVIT has been given specific competence by a European regulation. In order to facilitate a better application of the principle of mutual recognition, the EU Regulation on the mutual recognition of goods lawfully marketed in another Member State has designated SOLVIT Centres as “arbitrators” to settle certain disputes between businesses and administrations concerning the free movement of goods.
A producer of goods can first draw up a “declaration of mutual recognition” to show the competent authorities of the Member State of destination that his goods are legally marketed in another Member State. If the authority refuses market access, the economic operator can submit the case to SOLVIT.
Under this procedure, SOLVIT Centres can ask the European Commission to issue a formal legal opinion in order to objectify and settle the dispute.
The time limit for handling such a SOLVIT case is three months and a request for an opinion from the European Commission extends the procedure by nine weeks to five or six months. This new procedure is an alternative to launching a legal action, which is costly and time-consuming for the company concerned.