Brussels, 03 March 2011
Commission wants to ease car registration for citizens across EU
Have you ever tried to register your car in another Member State? Or to register in your country a car you bought abroad? What should be a simple procedure often turns into a bureaucratic nightmare, with cumbersome re-registration formalities and paperwork. Member States require that cars that are permanently on their territory to be registered via local authorities and according to national rules that are applied in an uncoordinated manner across the EU. With the aim of simplifying this, the European Commission has launched today a public consultation to identify the main difficulties encountered by EU citizens and companies when moving a car bought and registered in one Member State to another. The consultation will provide insight into the views of citizens and other stakeholders on car registration issues and shape actions to remove yet another obstacle to the free movement of goods and services.
European Commission Vice-President Antonio Tajani, Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship said: "Buying a car in one Member State and then moving it to another should not be complicated. This public consultation will provide us with a better understanding of the problems encountered by citizens and companies, and with ideas on how to improve the situation. Our aim is to save time and money for consumers and businesses as well as for national registration offices."
Citizens continue to encounter problems when purchasing a car in a Member State and transferring it permanently to a different Member State. Having to provide information which was already submitted during the previous registration of the vehicle creates considerable paperwork and unnecessary expenses.
Those affected by the current rules include:
The obligation to register a motor vehicle previously registered in another Member State may also cause problems for the registration and taxation authorities of the receiving Member States.
The simplification of the formalities and conditions for the registration of cars previously registered in another Member State aims to contribute to the Commission’s strategic initiative to re-launch the single market, which is an essential element of the Europe 2020 Strategy. The initiative is one of the actions set out in the EU Citizenship Report 2010 that complements the Single Market Act of 2010.
SOLVIT, Europe’s online tool for detecting and solving problems related to the single market, reports that 5 percent of cases in SOLVIT are related to vehicle registration. Most of these cases concerned either import into the Member State of normal residence, or registration in a Member State other than the state of normal residence. One major problem was the requirement to have a national certificate of conformity for vehicles that had previously been registered in another Member State.
The consultation can be found on the following website: