Pressure equipment, motor vehicles, product safety and market surveillance in Plenary
The legislatives reports on making available on the market of pressure equipment and on the correct application of the law on customs and agricultural matters will be voted on during Parliament’s plenary sitting of 15.04.14. Parliament will also discuss and later vote on the reports regarding consumer product safety and market surveillance of products. The report on simplifying the transfer of motor vehicles will be voted on 16.04.14.
Exchange of views with Commissioner Michel Barnier - 7 April
Commissioner introduced the exchange of views by thanking the Chairman and Members for their constructive spirit in helping reconcile citizens, consumers and SMEs, with the Single Market. Such a constructive approach enabled democratic discussion on every single initiative put forward during the last years, with IMCO often being in the lead of the game, stated the Commissioner, adding that it also helped reaching out to people through numerous public consultations and annual cross-Europe discussions on the Single Market.
Summarising the main achievements of the past legislature and indicating the remaining challenges for the upcoming legislative term, he made reference to more than 70 initiatives put forward in the framework of the SMA I and II, a large majority of which have been examined by IMCO as the lead or opinion-giving committee.
Commissioner Barnier referred to 4 main areas: the completed reform of the public procurement (Concessions, e-invoicing …), the services sector (implementation of the Services Directive, revision of the Professional Qualifications Directive …), support of European enterprises (in particular SMEs) and the adaptation of the Single Market to todays' digital challenges (parcel delivery, on-line gambling …).
Ensuring proper transposition, implementation and enforcement of EU rules in the Member States, including by strictly applying zero-tolerance for non-transposition, will be among the most important challenges for the future, underlined the Commissioner. This applies in particular to new rules on Public Procurement and Professional Qualification, to the implementation of the Services Directive, as well as to strengthening the protection of consumers in financial and digital markets. IMCO will continue to have an important role to play in this, in particular within the European Semester process, concluded Commissioner Barnier, adding that, thanks to the IMCO work during the past legislature, the European Semester - which was an accounting and budgetary exercise at the beginning - has become an important economic exercise.
Exchange of views with Commissioner Algirdas Šemeta - 7 April
The Commissioner welcomed this opportunity to take stock of what the Commission and EP have achieved together with the Council in his areas of competence.
Particular attention was given to the main legislative files on Customs such as the recast of the Union Customs Code (UCC) which now provides a solid basis for implementing a modern, pan-European electronic customs environment. The adoption of the Customs 2020 programme was also mentioned as a key EU instrument to support the customs modernisation is in place. The new Regulation on Customs enforcement of IPRs was cited as a crucial instrument in stopping fake goods from reaching the EU market by clarifying and simplifying procedures and by ensuring stronger protection for rights holders and of customers. On product safety, the Commissioner welcomed the EP's support to the Commission's expert group on import controls and compliance. On the new Commission's proposal for a directive on customs infringements and sanctions he thanked the two co-rapporteurs for their work on a Resolution and their support to the proposal. On anti-fraud, Commissioner Šemeta commended the very efficient work on the IMCO report on the Commission's proposal to enhance European anti-fraud capacity by amending the Regulation 515/97 on mutual assistance.
Members unanimously endorsed the two draft letters on IMCO priorities for the 2015 budget and on the IMCO preliminary proposals for Preparatory Actions (PAs)/ Pilot Projects (PPs). In particular, Members recalled that the internal market is a key policy area for economic growth and an essential tool to get the EU out of the crisis. Concerning IMCO PPs and PAs, they acknowledged the importance of financing the "Single Market Forum" and called for an extension of its PA to the year 2015. On the "Your Europe Travel Application for mobile Devices" PP, IMCO urged the Commission to up-date the EP on the level of its implementation and reminds the importance of the PP that should offer information to EU citizens on their consumer rights and cross-border issues and provide travellers with the suitable help when they encounter problems while they are abroad and have limited access to advice services. The need to secure adequate financing for the COSME programme in 2015 in order to specifically take into account the difficulties encountered by SMEs was also underlined in the letter to the BUDG committee together with the need to allocate adequate funds to SOLVIT so that consumers and businesses become aware of its existence and can benefit from its services.
1. il coordinamento a livello comunitario della legislazione nazionale nel settore del mercato interno e per l'Unione doganale, in particolare:
(a) la libera circolazione delle merci, compresa l'armonizzazione delle norme tecniche,
(b) il diritto di stabilimento,
(c) la libera prestazione dei servizi, salvo che nel settore finanziario e in quello postale;
2. le misure volte all'individuazione e all'eliminazione di potenziali ostacoli al funzionamento del mercato interno;
3. la promozione e la tutela degli interessi economici dei consumatori, eccettuate le questioni concernenti la sanità pubblica e la sicurezza alimentare, nel contesto dell'instaurazione del mercato interno.
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