The fourth meeting of the Ireland/Northern Ireland Specialised Committee was held via video conference and co-chaired by officials from the UK Government and the European Commission.
A representative from the Northern Ireland Executive also attended as part of the UK delegation in line with the commitment made in the New Decade, New Approach deal.
The UK and the EU exchanged updates on the implementation of the protocol.
The Committee noted that an agreed approach had been reached on a phased process for implementing medicine regulation in Northern Ireland up to 31 December 2021, providing the additional time needed for businesses to prepare in relation to batch testing, importation and Falsified Medicines Directive.
The UK plans to set out guidance to businesses shortly on the issues of VAT, transit procedures and the Electricity Directive.
During the meeting, the UK also noted the importance of agreed arrangements respecting Northern Ireland’s place in the UK custom’s territory and internal market and supporting the flow of free trade.
The parties agreed to an intensified process of engagement to resolve all outstanding issues. MAP will continue to track these developments. Read more here.