Born in the early 1970s, grouping about 20 countries (Austria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Holland, Norway, Poland, Portugal, United Kingdom, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden and Switzerland, ed) with the aim of standardizing the methods of control and marking of members. In fact, the relevant precious metal articles from another non-adherent country are subject to an additional sample check on the lot at a Test Office in the country of destination for the correctness of the precious metal content of the alloy and further marking. (the “balance” of the Convention). All this even if the jewel is legally manufactured in another EU country. This check must take place before sale to the final consumer and with the costs borne by the manufacturer or distributor / retailer. When the agreement is ratified, checks and markings will be carried out directly in Italy.
What are the stages?
Since this is a bill, after the approval of the Council of Ministries, the text passes to the Italian Parliament for final ratification. We hope that the process will be faster than what it has been up to now. The secretariat of the Vienna Convention had given approval for Italy’s accession to the agreement as early as September 2019, so it took two years just to start the final approval process. We hope that the passages in Parliament are not too long and that the ratification measure will be published in the Official Gazette by the spring of 2022.
What are the consequences on Italian companies in the goldsmith sector?
These are advantages for the whole system: it “nationalizes” the checks and markings, which until now are carried out only in the destination countries, we allow economic resources of costs in Italy, such as those costs for analyzes and for marking. The interested companies, since this is a voluntary and non-compulsory offer, will be entitled to a “0 km” service that will be carried out by laboratories accredited by the Chambers of Commerce.