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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 were voted on during Parliament’s plenary sitting of 15.04.14. Parliament also discussed and voted on the reports regarding consumer product safety and market surveillance of products. The report on simplifying the transfer of motor vehicles was voted on 16.04.14.

 
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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.

   
Budget 2015 on 7 April PM

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.

   
 
Apresentação e competências
 
Esta comissão tem competência em matéria de:
 
1.    coordenação a nível comunitário da legislação nacional no domínio do mercado interno e da união aduaneira, em particular:
 
a)    livre circulação de mercadorias, incluindo a harmonização das normas técnicas,
b)    direito de estabelecimento,
c)    livre prestação de serviços, excepto nos sectores financeiro e postal;
 
2.    medidas destinadas à identificação e à eliminação dos obstáculos potenciais ao funcionamento do mercado interno;
 
3.    promoção e protecção dos interesses económicos dos consumidores, exceptuando questões relativas à saúde pública e à segurança dos alimentos, no contexto da criação do mercado interno.
 
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O mercado único e a livre circulação de pessoas, mercadorias e serviços é um dos pilares fundamentais da União Europeia, tendo favorecido a prosperidade e o crescimento, a criação de empregos, a mobilidade e a liberdade de escolha para os cidadãos e para as empresas da Europa.
 
A Comissão do Mercado Interno e da Proteção dos Consumidores considera que os cidadãos devem ser a prioridade máxima do mercado único. A nossa missão é a de garantir que as pessoas possam estabelecer-se em qualquer país da UE para trabalhar, estudar ou criar uma empresa.
 
Queremos assegurar que os consumidores conheçam os seus direitos e saibam que estão seguros e protegidos ao comprarem produtos na UE, seja em estabelecimentos locais, seja em compras internacionais via Internet. 
 
É nosso objetivo criar regras transparentes para as atividades empresariais e simplificar a vida das pequenas empresas, expandindo as suas oportunidades em termos de mercado na produção, venda ou prestação de serviços.
 
A Comissão do Mercado Interno iniciou o “Ato para o Mercado Único” para impulsionar a atividade do mercado único, e é grande o nosso empenho no cumprimento das suas propostas tão rapidamente quanto possível.  Somente com um bom funcionamento do mercado único europeu podemos garantir a nossa prosperidade e competitividade a nível mundial nas próximas décadas.
 
Malcolm Harbour
Presidente da Comissão do Mercado Interno e da Proteção dos Consumidores