Maltese MEP to lead Brexit negotiation on car sales and safety

MEP Marlene Mizzi will lead negotiations between the European Parliament, Council and Commission on the legislation concerning the trading and safety of cars, vehicles and related products after Brexit.

The resulting legislation will form part of the current negotiations between the EU and the UK, before the withdrawal in March 2019.

The legislation is based on the Mizzi Report entitled “Complementing EU type-approval legislation with regard to the withdrawal of the UK from the Union”.

The report was supported overwhelmingly by 29 in favour, 1 abstention, 0 against – in the IMCO committee.

It’s hoped the legislation will safeguard against a weakening of the car industry in both the EU and the UK, as well as the protection of EU safety standards.

Speaking on the importance of the negotiations, Marlene Mizzi said, “This draft regulation covers automotive machinery such as vehicles, systems, components and separate technical units, necessary to ensure the proper functioning of auto-motives. The proposal sets conditions to obtain a declaration of conformity, commonly referred to as type-approval, from an EU-27 type-approval authority. It will mitigate the effects that Brexit may have on manufacturers seeking to place on the market, register or enter into service any automotive products in the Union. It will also clarify the powers and obligations if the EU type- approval authority, which will act as a market surveillance authority to cover all products falling within the scope of this legislation,”

The report is expected to be voted in plenary next month, and will be the first piece of Brexit related negotiation led by a Maltese MEP.