Notwithstanding the progressing integration of the single market, motor vehicle registration problems remain a frequent obstacle for citizens when exercising their rights under EU law in their daily lives. To address those problems, on 4 April 2012, the Commission presented a legislative proposal aimed to harmonise, streamline, and simplify the procedures for re-registration of motor vehicles registered in another Member State. On this basis, on 9 July 2013 IMCO adopted a report, which seeks to further simplify the vehicle registration formalities and conditions.
Following a slow progress in the Council, IMCO decided to enter informal negotiations with a view of reaching agreement with the Council on 23 January 2014. However, on 31 January 2014, a majority of Member States requested an impact assessment on the taxation aspects of this proposal before continuing work on it, and the Presidency suspended its negotiations until the impact assessment will have been delivered by the Commission.
The debate on the IMCO report in plenary took place on 15 April 2014 following which the report was sent back to IMCO for further examination while awaiting the Council to resume the negotiations.
Rapporteur: Dita CHARANZOVÁ
Shadow Rapporteurs: Othmar KARAS (EPP), Catherine STIHLER (S&D), Richard SULIK (ECR), Jiri MASTALKA (GUE/NGL), tba (Greens/EFA), tba (EFDD)
Following the Commission's 2012 Communication on Better Governance for the Single Market, IMCO prepared a legislative own-initiative report on Governance of the Single Market (Rapporteur: Andreas Schwab (EPP)) which was adopted in plenary on 7 February 2013, putting forward recommendations on how the Single Market could be further improved and asking that a Single Market pillar be put in place within the European Semester for economic policy coordination. In addition, the report looked into the Single Market aspects of the Annual Growth Survey (AGS) which was presented by the Commission in November 2012 in order to set the course for the following European Semester, and in particular on the report on the state of the Single Market integration 2013 that formed part of the AGS. IMCO also decided to look into this subject annually, within each European Semester cycle.
In line with that, an own-initiative report on Governance of the Single Market within the European Semester was then prepared in IMCO, and adopted in plenary on 25 February 2014 (Rapporteur: Sergio Gaetano Cofferati (S&D)). It reiterated the need for a Single Market governance cycle to constitute a substantial pillar of the European Semester, and made a number of suggestions with regard to the key sectors with the highest growth potential (services, financial services, energy, transport, and digital markets) and to the existing Single Market instruments - including the Online Single Market Scoreboard).
To support IMCO's future work in this areas, two studies have been requested via the Parliament's research units: the first on theCost of non-Europe, updating whenever possible the Cecchini report that was published in 1988 and focusing on such areas as consumer acquis, public procurement, services and construction materials, and the second on Indicators for measuring performance of the Single Market,evaluating the existing tools and reflecting on the possible improvements. Both studies were delivered in September 2014.
In October, IMCO started preparing its new report on Single Market governance within the European Semester 2015 (Rapporteur: Ildikó Gáll-Pelcz (EPP)) which will be adopted in plenary in March 2015 with a view to the Spring European Council meeting.
To help mitigate the consequences of serious road accidents, the EU has committed to putting in place an emergency call system known as eCall. Based on in-vehicle communication technology, such an electronic safety system will automatically call emergency services in case of a serious crash. The eCall will dial 112 - the Europe's single emergency number and communicate the vehicle's location to emergency services, even if the driver is unconscious or unable to make a phone call. It is estimated that it could save up to 2500 lives a year.
To achieve that objective, on 13 June 2013 the Commission presented two legislative proposals aimed at ensuring that, from 1 October 2015, firstly, all new models of passenger cars and light duty vehicles would be fitted with 112 eCall and, secondly, the necessary infrastructure would be created for the proper receipt and handling of eCalls in emergency call response centres - ensuring the compatibility, interoperability and continuity of the EU-wide eCall service.
These proposals have been requested by the Parliament, in particular, in its resolution of 3 July 2012 on e-Call: a new 112 service for citizens (IMCO-TRAN report under Rule 51 by Olga Sehnalová and Dieter-Lebrecht Koch).
Out of the two proposals, the one concerning the deployment of the necessary infrastructure is discussed by the TRAN Committee, with Philippe De Backer (ADLE) as Rapporteur, while the IMCO Committee is the lead committee for the proposal concerning the in-vehicle equipment - the proposed regulation on type-approval requirements for the eCall in-vehicle system and amending Directive 2007/46/EC.
The proposal for a regulation provides for the mandatory introduction of an eCall in-vehicle system in new type-approved vehicles across the EU. Contrary to the current system where eCall is installed by manufacturers on a voluntary basis, the proposal provides for a mandatory fitting of eCall devices in vehicles, starting with new passenger cars and light commercial vehicles, by 1 October 2015. It therefore requires vehicle and equipment manufacturers to ensure that, in the event of a severe accident, an eCall to 112 is activated automatically. An eCall can also be triggered manually. Furthermore, the regulation provides for rules on privacy and data protection, as well as for the delegation of powers to the Commission in respect of detailed technical requirements.
The Parliament adopted its position at first reading on 26 February 2014. On 25 September, the IMCO Committee decided to open trilogue negotiations with the Council and the Commission with a view to reaching an early second reading agreement.
Rapporteur: Olga Sehnalová (S&D)
Shadow Rapporteurs: Carlos Coelho (EPP), Louis Ide (ECR), Ulla Tørnæs (ALDE), Dennis de Jong (GUE/NGL), Jan Philipp Albrecht (Greens/EFA), tbc (EFDD).
The internal market (also referred to as the Single Market [SM]) - an area of free movement for goods, people, services and capital - is at the heart of the European project. To bring this into being, IMCO has been extremely active to remove technical, regulatory, and legal barriers within the Union. The creation of the internal market encouraged EU Member States to liberalise the monopolistic public utility markets that had been protected until that point. By aligning their national laws, Member States set about harmonising rules and standards within the EU.
An effective consumer policy can change our citizens’ lives for the better. The IMCO Committee is working hard to ensure consumers can operate safely and with confidence when buying products and services in the EU, whether in their local shop or when shopping online across borders.
Many EU policies directly affect consumers. It is the case especially in such areas as product safety, internal market, trade, competition, financial services, transport, telecommunications, or energy. A stronger consumer dimension is needed across all policies. Confident, informed and empowered consumers are the motor of economic evolution: they are keys to the efficient functioning of markets, as they reward traders that operate fairly and respond best to consumers' needs.
Consumers should be offered a wider choice of high quality products and services at competitive prices. This is particularly essential in the current economic crisis in order to fight against growing inequalities and protect vulnerable consumers and low-income groups.
Key actions to empower EU consumers are related to enhancing consumer rights and redress mechanisms, providing accurate information, ensuring market transparency and guaranteeing safe and high quality products and services.
Der IMCO-Ausschuss ist für die legislative Kontrolle und Prüfung der EU-Vorschriften über den freien Waren-und Dienstleistungsverkehr, die Freizügigkeit von Fachkräften, die Zollpolitik und die Normung sowie für den Schutz der wirtschaftlichen Interessen der Verbraucher zuständig. Zu den Aufgaben der Ausschussmitglieder gehören der Abbau von Handelsschranken und die Vereinfachung der Rechtsvorschriften, um die Wettbewerbsfähigkeit innerhalb des Binnenmarkts zu fördern; die gleichzeitige Wahrung der Interessen der Verbraucher in einer Vielfalt von Bereichen zählt ebenfalls dazu.
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Ein gut geführter Binnenmarkt ist der Schlüssel zu Wohlstand, Innovation und einer größeren Wettbewerbsfähigkeit, die den Unternehmen und den Verbrauchern zugute kommen. Uns stehen viele Herausforderungen und Möglichkeiten bevor, insbesondere im Hinblick auf die Entfaltung des Potentials des digitalen Binnenmarkts und des Binnenmarkts für Dienstleistungen.
Zu unseren Zielen gehören die Gewährleistung der Produktsicherheit und der Schutz der Verbraucherrechte; außerdem sind wir bestrebt, die Verbraucher über Produkte/Dienstleistungen zu informieren, wettbewerbswidrigem Verhalten entgegenzuwirken und Verwaltungslasten abzubauen.
Der Ausschuss arbeitet mit allen EU-Mitgliedstaaten zusammen, um sicherzustellen, dass die Vorschriften zum Binnenmarkt praktikabel sind, richtig umgesetzt werden und rechtzeitig in Kraft treten.
Es ist mir eine Ehre, den Vorsitz in diesem wichtigen Ausschuss zu führen und mit Mitgliedern des gesamten politischen Spektrums zusammenzuarbeiten, um für die Verbraucher, Unternehmen und anderen Organisationen innerhalb des gesamten Binnenmarkts wirkliche Vorteile zu schaffen.