On 30 May AM, Members will vote on the own-INI report on online gambling which main points are focussing on consumer protection, administrative cooperation and follow up of open infringement proceedings to ensure compliance with EU law. The main challenge would be to achieve a fair balance between respect of the subsidiarity and the rule of law principles
On 22 May, the Rapporteur on the NLF alignment package, Ms. Zuzana Roithová, will present the first of the nine directives in the package to the plenary. The negotiations with the Council on the proposal for a directive on pyrotechnic articles have been concluded ahead of the remaining proposals in order to avoid a legal limbo concerning airbags and seat belt pre-tensioners.
Policy Department A organised a workshop on New developments towards a 'Ubiquitous' Digital Single Market. New technology presents a world of new opportunity for consumers and businesses alike. The workshop explored through practical examples the type of new solutions that are currently being developed and looked at how governments across the world are responding to foster this development.
Science and Technology Options Assessment - Annual Report 2012
Parliament's unit for Science and Technology Options Assessment (STOA) mainly assesses the impact of introducing new technologies and identifies the best possible options for action, from a technological point of view. In 2012, STOA focused on eco-efficient transport, sustainable management of natural resources, security of the Internet, e-Government, cloud computing and social networks.
Product Safety and Market Surveillance Package on 7 May
Representatives from DGs ENTR and SANCO gave a presentation on the proposals for a regulation on consumer product safety and a regulation on market surveillance of products. These proposals answers in many ways the problems raised by IMCO.
Ms Pietikäinen is positive with the provisions aimed at strengthening the administrative cooperation, but would like to see better standardisation of customs controls at entry points into the EU internal market and would also be interested in seeing a gradual empowerment of EU institutions on market surveillance and would like to look into possibilities of using third party testing of certain products.
Ms Schaldemose is generally positive and is especially happy that the market surveillance provisions have been compiled in one legal instrument, but also see room for improvement; there is a need for a reference to the precautionary principle, vulnerable consumers need to be sufficiently protected, safety by design should be looked into and the CE-mark needs to be revised in some way. Ms Schaldemose pointed out that the country of origin marking is first and foremost a traceability measure and was generally positive towards it. Both Rapporteurs believes a pan-European injury and accident database would be a big step forward in focusing market surveillance and standardisation the right areas.
On 29 and 30 April, a delegation of 4 Members visited Vilnius (Lithuania) to establish contacts and exchange views with government representatives, National Parliament, business and consumer organisations and various stakeholders to discuss the priorities of the Lithuanian Presidency.
A new agenda for European Consumer Policy
On 25 April, IMCO adopted the INI draft Report "A new agenda for European Consumer Policy" with 34 votes in favour, 2 against and no abstention. All the 19 compromise amendments were adopted. 9 oral amendments were tabled by the Rapporteur to insert titles to structure the report. The main themes of the report include, amongst others: Educating consumers, educating enterprises, e-commerce and consumers with disabilities, financial services, mortgage, economic crisis, protection of vulnerable groups, passenger's rights, representation of consumers in management boards, ADR and ODR, collective redress, and sustainable consumption and competitive prices.
Il mercato unico e la libera circolazione di persone, beni e servizi fanno parte dei fondamenti assoluti dell'UE e hanno dato prosperità e crescita, posti di lavoro, mobilità e libertà di scelta ai cittadini e alle imprese d'Europa.
Noi della commissione per il mercato interno e la protezione dei consumatori crediamo che i cittadini debbano essere al centro del mercato unico. È nostro compito fare in modo che le persone possano stabilirsi ovunque nell'UE per lavorare, studiare o creare un'impresa.
Vogliamo garantire che i consumatori conoscano i loro diritti e si sentano sicuri e protetti nel fare acquisti nell'UE, che si tratti del loro negozio sotto casa o di acquisti online a livello transfrontaliero.
Il nostro obiettivo è quello di dare norme chiare alle aziende e semplificare la vita delle piccole imprese, pur allargando le loro opportunità commerciali per quanto le attività di produzione, di vendita o di fornitura di servizi.
La commissione per il mercato interno ha lanciato l'iniziativa relativa alla legge sul mercato interno intesa a dare nuovo slancio al mercato unico. Il nostro impegno a realizzarne le proposte il prima possibile sarà costante. Solo il mercato unico europeo può garantire la nostra prosperità e la nostra competitività nel mondo nei decenni a venire.
Malcolm Harbour Presidente della commissione per il mercato interno e la protezione dei consumatori