Published on: Mon 13 July 2020

EC publishes 'readiness' communication for Brexit

The European Commission (EC) has published a 'readiness' communication for the end of the transition periode with the UK: changes will occur to cross-border exchanges between the EU and the UK as of 1-1-2021– irrespective of whether an agreement on a future partnership has been concluded or not. 

The document named “Getting ready for changes” provides for a sector-by-sector overview of the main areas where there will be changes and sets out measures that national authorities, businesses and citizens should take in order to be ready for these changes.

Subjects are:

  • Trade in goods;
    • Customs formalities, checks and controls
    • Customs and taxation rules for import and export of goods (tariffs, VAT, excise)
    • Certificates and authorisations of products, establishment requirements, labelling and marking
  • Trade in services;
  • Energy;
  • Travelling and tourism;
  • Mobility and social security coordination;
  • Company law and civil law;
  • Other aspects: Data, digital and intellectual property rights;
  • International agreement with the European Union

A link to the EC communication can be found here (opens in new tab)


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