Maltese MEP Marlene Mizzi, who recently called out the Italian government in an online spate, has been appointed to the position of rapporteur for the Internal Market and Consumers Committee on legislation regarding Brexit.
She will now oversee the separation legislation that is being drawn up in preparation of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union, a first for a Maltese MEP.
“I am honoured to have been entrusted to lead this legislative report, even more so since the withdrawal of the UK from the Union will affect all citizens. EU legislative framework governing type-approval for a number of products will no longer apply to the United Kingdom as of the withdrawal date. One of the hardest hit products will be vehicles – a product which is of vital importance to citizens,” she said.
“One appreciates the importance of the current negotiations concerning the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the Union. Thereby, I reiterate my position that when Brexit day arrives, the lives of both EU and UK citizens will be affected, and the negotiations up to that point must be carried out without imposing unnecessary hardship for the citizens of the EU living in the UK and vice-versa,” Mizzi said.
Her report will create a market structure with car manufacturers who want to enter the European Single market
The legislation would create a way for vehicle manufacturers to trade in the EU’s Single Market after Brexit occurs. Saying vehicles will be one of the “hardest hit” products, Mizzi has pledged to make sure that the final legislation is fair and just to all parties concerned, be they consumers, importers, or the manufacturers themselves.
“We want to ensure the best possible result for all those involved, which will only be achievable following various meetings that have been and will be taken on in the coming months.”
As a rapporteur with the IMCO, she is also involved with maintaining standards in other industries as well.