EC advances infringement procedure on building materials reports

The European Commission on Wednesday intensified infringement proceedings against Hungary over a measure requiring the declaration of exports of building materials, according to a report by state news wire MTI.

The EC has decided to send Hungary a “reasoned opinion” on the matter, the second and penultimate stage of an infringement procedure.

The committee said it considered the measure, which allows authorities to block exports of construction materials, “to have an effect equivalent to a quantitative restriction of exports within the internal market”, and that it breached the directive. on Single Market Transparency, which requires Member States to notify the Commission of technical regulations and refrain from adopting them during a standstill period.

The measure, which also applies to exports from Hungary to countries outside the EU, “seems to go beyond Hungary’s competences under the common commercial policy, which is an area of ​​exclusive competence of the Union “, he added.

Hungary launched the measure last summer to curb runaway building material prices.

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