Mutual Recognition Agreements Brexit

This publication is available under of trade agreements aimed at facilitating market access and promoting greater international harmonisation of compliance standards while protecting consumer safety. The EU`s internal market is the most comprehensive version of mutual recognition between trading partners. According to the Dijon blackcurrant principle, a product that can be sold legally in one Member State, even if the rules are not harmonised, can legally be sold in any other Member State. Other examples of mutual recognition of the rules include the 2004 EU-US MRI for marine equipment, the 1998 Australia-New Zealand Mutual Recognition Agreement (TTMRA) and the 2002 EU-Switzerland MRA. “Mutual recognition” was at the centre of yesterday`s lively press conference in Brussels, following the third round of Brexit negotiations. Some have hoped that this could be the secret ingredient that will allow the UK to have its single market cake and eat it. It is essential that “traditional” NRAs do not require states to harmonise the rules (i.e.: In addition, they require parties to one MRA to recognise the requirements of the other as equivalent – NRAs are limited to recognising the competence of the partner`s CABs to carry out conformity assessments. But Michel Barnier has accused Britain of wanting to use mutual recognition to undermine the internal market through backdoor means: European Commission trade negotiators recently opposed the mutual recognition of conformity assessments by British testing laboratories. Only a more in-depth form of mutual recognition – that of equivalence in most sectors – would avoid the introduction of serious regulatory barriers. Although the UK is “equivalent” on day one, the EU would only approve if there are effective monitoring and implementation mechanisms to deal with future divergences.

The more divergence there is and the more you signal that this is your intention, the more difficult it is to agree on equivalence. This agreement allows for mutual recognition, promotes trade and facilitates market access between the two countries for certain types of marine equipment. Parties to an MRA are not obliged to change their technical rules, which is why the UK government now offers SARs for conformity assessment under its new trade agreements. The problem is that the concept of `mutual recognition` applies to at least three different types of regulatory cooperation: the Cassis de Dijon principle, equivalence and mutual recognition agreements. If the EU refuses to negotiate with the UK a similar system of mutual recognition, this may be contrary to the most-favoured-nation (MFN) obligation under World Trade Organisation (WTO) law. The greatest predominance is a non-discrimination rule that requires that any benefit granted to goods originating in one country be granted to like products originating in other countries. Mutual Recognition Agreements (MRAs) are agreements between two trading partners aimed at reducing technical barriers to trade. They are one of the topics that will be important in the trade negotiations between the UK and the EU. What types of agreements has the EU concluded on mutual recognition? This is the kind of mutual recognition that the UK proposes in its Northern Ireland border document: these agreements benefit regulators by reducing double inspections in the other area, allowing for a greater focus on higher-risk sites and expanding inspection coverage of the global supply chain. From a macroeconomic point of view, the mutual recognition agreement would be a better option for both sides, as it would have a slightly negative impact on GDP, exports and production and reduce pressure on costs. In addition, it would support the competitiveness of the United States, Japan, Switzerland and China.