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The next Committee Meeting will be held on Monday 6 October 2014 (15.00 - 18.30) and Tuesday 7 October (09.00 - 12.30) in JAN 6Q2. The draft agenda will be available soon. 
 
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Conclusions of the studies on consumer protection & discrimination of consumers

The conclusions and subsequent nine recommendations of a study related to consumer protection aspects of financial services will be presented by its authors from London Economics to Members of the IMCO Committee during their meeting of 6 October. At the same meeting, a research team from Osnabrück University will present a study on discrimination of consumers in the Digital Single Market, which assesses discrimination from the perspective of different areas of European law and provides for several policy recommendations.

   
EU Commissioners-designate hearings

Between 29 September and 6 October, IMCO will be involved in hearings with the Commissioner-designates who will be dealing with policy in IMCO's remit:
 
- Andrus ANSIP (Estonia), Vice-President-Designate of the Commission for Digital Single Market,
- Elżbieta BIEŃKOWSKA (Poland) for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs,
- Pierre MOSCOVICI (France) for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs,
- Günther OETTINGER (Germany) for Digital Economy and Society,
- Vĕra JOUROVÁ (Czech Republic) Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality.
 
IMCO is also invited to the hearing of Jonathan HILL (UK) for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union and Margarethe VESTAGER, (Denmark) for Competition.
 
Each hearing is scheduled to last three hours, during which the commissioner-designate will hold an opening speech and then answer questions posed by committee members.

   
Presentation of the Italian presidency programme on 24/09

IMCO heard presentations by Ms Simona Vicari (Secretary of State for Economic Development) and Mr Sandro Gozi (Secretary of State for European affairs) on the priorities of the Italian Presidency.
 
Ms Vicari set out the main lines of action and priorities in the fields of consumer protection and standardisation. The Italian Presidency (IP) aims at starting negotiations with the Parliament on the product safety and market surveillance package. Furthermore, the IP is in favour of a comprehensive reinforcement of the Consumer Protection Cooperation Network. Ms Vicari informed that work on the Package Travel Directive is progressing in the Council. In the field of technical harmonisation, the IP will seek an early second reading agreement on e-Call. On registration of vehicles, it is awaiting a study requested from the Commission on possible effects of the new rules on national taxation systems. Finally, on cableway installations, personal protective equipment and appliances burning gaseous fuels, the aim is to reach common approach within the Council, to allow the Latvian Presidency to enter into negotiations with Parliament.
 
Mr Gozi reported about three major themes for the IP: revising working methods of the Competitiveness Council, for instance by improving connections with other Council formations; removing barriers to the internal market in a follow-up to the two Single Market Acts and in completing the Digital Single Market; and furthering consumer protection and cohesion between employers and industry, helped by the additional investment package of 300 billion euros envisaged by Commission.

 
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Study: indicators for measuring the Performance of the Single Market

The IMCO Committee heard a presentation of the study recently commissioned by the Committee in the area of Single Market policy. The study on Indicators for measuring the Performance of the Single Market – Building the Single Market Pillar of the European Semester analyses the possibility of defining a monitoring tool and evaluation system to measure the economic and regulatory performance of the Single Market, with a view to making use of these tools in the context of the European Semester. The study concludes that an integrated measurement system can be devised to perform this function. With respect to regulatory indicators, it proposes using a “Single Market Gap” composite indicator which would measure in what Member States and to what extent non-national EU citizens/companies face additional burdens compared to nationals. Such an indicator could be easily used for policy recommendations addressed to Member States during the European Semester.

 
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AFET DEVE INTA ECON JURI CULT AFCO LIBE FEMM ENVI EMPL IMCO ITRE REGI TRAN PECH AGRI 25-09-2014 - 10:51  

"The priorities of the Italian Council Presidency were outlined to the various parliamentary committees by Italian ministers in a series of meetings held in July and September."

Presentación y competencias
 
Comisión competente para:
 
1. la coordinación a nivel de la Unión de la legislación nacional en el ámbito del mercado interior y para la unión aduanera, en particular:
a) la libre circulación de mercancías, incluida la armonización de la normativa técnica,
b) el derecho de establecimiento,
c) la libre prestación de servicios salvo en el sector financiero y postal;
 
2. el funcionamiento del mercado único, incluidas las medidas destinadas a la identificación y eliminación de obstáculos potenciales para la implantación del mercado único, incluido el mercado único digital;
 
3. el fomento y la protección de los intereses económicos del consumidor, salvo en cuestiones de salud pública y seguridad alimentaria;
 
4. la política y la legislación en materia de respeto de las normas del mercado único y de derechos de los consumidores.
 
Emisiones del día
 
Biblioteca multimedia
 
Palabras de bienvenida
 
 

La Comisión IMCO es responsable del control y del análisis legislativo de las normas de la UE en el ámbito de la libre circulación de bienes y servicios, la libre circulación de los profesionales, la política aduanera, la normalización y los intereses económicos de los consumidores. Los miembros de esta comisión trabajan con miras a la reducción de los obstáculos a los intercambios económicos y la simplificación de la legislación para reforzar la competitividad en el mercado único, teniendo en cuenta los intereses de los consumidores en una amplia gama de sectores.

Podrá seguir los trabajos de nuestra comisión en este sitio, en el que se incluyen los órdenes del día y documentos de las reuniones, información sobre audiencias y reuniones de trabajo, emisiones de vídeo en tiempo real y nuestro boletín informativo.

Un mercado único plenamente operativo es un elemento clave para desbloquear la prosperidad, la innovación y una mayor competitividad que redunde en beneficio de las empresas y de los consumidores. Ante nosotros tenemos numerosos retos y oportunidades, en particular la liberación del potencial del mercado único digital y del mercado único de servicios.
 
Nuestra misión consiste en garantizar la seguridad de los productos, proteger los derechos de los consumidores, mantener informados a los consumidores sobre los productos y servicios, luchar contra las prácticas contrarias a la competencia y reducir las cargas administrativas

La comisión colabora con todos los Estados miembros de la UE para garantizar que las normas del mercado único sean realistas y que se apliquen y pongan en práctica correctamente en el plazo adecuado.

Es para mí un honor presidir esta importante comisión y trabajar con miembros de todo el espectro político con el fin de aportar beneficios concretos a consumidores, empresas y otras organizaciones de todo el mercado único.


Vicky Ford
Presidenta