After several years of negotiations between the EU and partner states from the Pan-Euro-Mediterranean region on the current rules of origin, alternative rules of origin can be applied as transitional rules.

The plan to establish modernized and simplified rules of origin for all negotiating partners has failed so far. The transitional rules, which are attached as Annex A to the origin protocols of the respective bilateral agreements, may be applied by some states (optional to the applicable rules of origin of the Regional Agreement).

Already since September 1, 2021, the alternative rules of origin can be applied between the EU and many partner countries.

On the website of the Directorate General TAXUD you can track with which partner countries the EU has the possibility to apply the transitional rules and when.