Andreea Pantazi

Legal officer, European Commission

Andreea has been responsible for mutual recognition at the European Commission since 2016 and has been closely involved with the development of the proposed changes to this vital regulation that affects one fifth of goods traded in the EU. She has worked for the Commission since 2009, in areas including market surveillance and safety legislation.
Previously she was in charge of European affairs for the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Toulouse, France. She is a graduate of the European Law School at Toulouse University.

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Mutual recognition for mutual benefit – how the European Commission plans to ease the way for intra-Europe trade in sports nutrition products

The Single Market is one of the EU’s greatest achievements, enabling tariff free trade among Member States. The mutual recognition principle is key to its smooth operation, since it allows products – including sports foods and supplements – that are lawfully sold in one Member State but not covered by harmonised rules, to be marketed in others, even if those products don’t comply with national technical rules. That’s fine in principle, but in practice sports nutrition businesses still encounter frustrating and confusing technical barriers when trying to sell across Europe. Andreea explains why mutual recognition succeeds and fails and reveals what the Commission is doing today to make things better.

  • Mutual recognition vs harmonised rules – why 20% of goods traded in Europe depend on the principle
  • What’s the problem? Tests, delays and extra costs – why doesn’t the principle take them away?
  • Proposed changes to regulation – how the Commission is moving to make the mutual recognition principle faster, simpler and clearer
  • Bedding in change – training, guidelines and communication, how the Commission will help businesses like yours to get the benefits of mutual recognition