IES gives training to EU's SOLVIT experts on the mutual recognition of goods

On 1 & 2 December 2020, IES professor Harri Kalimo, assisted by IES researchers Lea Mateo, Selçukhan Ünekbaş and Álvaro Herrero de la Fuente, organised a two-day expert training to the “SOLVIT centres” in the EU Member States.  SOLVIT is a service, which the EU law requires the administrations in each Member State to offer, with the aim to provide practical solutions to individuals and economic operators whose EU free movement rights may have been breached on the EU internal market  by measures taken by the national adminsitrations. In order to enhance the functioning of the SOLVIT network, the IES team proudly organised the training in collaboration with DG GROW and the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME). The training programme covered the distinction between harmonised and non-harmonised goods, and specific harmonised EU legislation and its link with CE marking and product safety requirements. The interactions between the rules on the free movement of goods and services, as well as the application of the principle of mutual recognition, were also covered. Through this strengthened legal expertise, SOLVIT members will be better prepared to help economic operators seeking to market their goods in another EU country. The more effective handling cases in this area of EU law will in turn help boost European competitiveness at large. The IES Team was very happy to hear from the trainees that “Our SOLVIT Team would like to thank you for the wonderful training you offered this week. We found it very well organized and relevant, and we have no doubt that it will be helpful to our daily activity.”