The draft Radio Equipment Directive lays downs harmonised ruled for placing on the market of the radio equipment and includes essential requirements for the protection of health and safety, of electromagnetic compatibility and for the avoidance of harmful interference.
The scope of the Directive has been extended to include all radio receivers, however it has been restricted to radio equipment capable of radio communication or radio determination only. An explicit reference to the common chargers for particular categories or classes of radio equipment has been included into the text. In order to improve the level of compliance the registration of radio equipment within some categories has been approved.
The political agreement has been reached in December 2013 and subsequently approved by the COREPER and the IMCO Committee in January 2014. Provisionally the draft Directive should be voted in March plenary.
On 13 February 2013 the European Commission adopted a comprehensive package on Product Safety and Market Surveillance in order to improve safety of consumer products, in particular by strengthening product identification and traceability, and to simplify and improve the framework of market surveillance of products, particularly by eliminating currently existing overlaps and inconsistencies. The package, which is a key action of the Single Market Act II, consists of two legislative initiatives: a proposal for a new Regulation on Consumer Product Safety and a proposal for a single Regulation on Market Surveillance of Products, as well as complimentary non-legislative measures, in particular multi-annual plan for market surveillance setting out 20 actions to be implemented until 2015 to make progress in market surveillance.
Two legislative proposals and the accompanying impact assessment have been presented in IMCO Committee on 7 May 2013 and Members held a first exchange of view at the same day. The Committee is organizing a hearing on the subject entitled "Safe Products and a Fair Market: Challenges and Opportunities" on the 29 May 2013.
Rapporteur for the Regulation on Consumer Product Safety: Christel Schaldemose (S&D)
Shadow Rapporteurs: Raffaele Baldassarre (EPP), Jürgen Creutzmann (ALDE), Heide Rühle (Greens/EFA), Ashley Fox (ECR).
Rapporteur for the Regulation on Market Surveillance of Products: Sirpa Pietikäinen (EPP)
The Alignment Package consists of nine directives being aligned to the 'New Legislative Framework' (NLF) which was adopted as part of the goods package from 2008, in particular decision No 768/2008/EC establishing a common framework for the marketing of products. The NLF sets out the reference for future product legislation and the 9 directives were chosen as they were not foreseen for revision in the coming years. The directives were aligned to the NLF through a recast technique, seeking to focus only on changes that were a direct result of the alignment procedure without going into substantive changes that would require longer preparations.
The final agreement with the Council leads to less red tape for economic operators, better market surveillance and clearer labels for consumers. The most sensitive issue during the informal negotiations with the Council was the Council's wish for adding committee procedures to all the directives.
The Directive on Pressure Equipment was separated from the Alignment package presented in November 2011 because, unlike the other nine Directive, this recast also contained an alignment with another EU legislative act, namely Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 (CLP Regulation) of the EP and of the CEU of 16 December 2008 on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures. The intention of the proposal was restricted to a pure alignment with the horizontal provisions in Decision 768/2008/EC and CLP Regulation as well as the new terminology within the Lisbon Treaty, including new rules on Comitology.
The IMCO Members supported the Commission's general intention of a pure alignment and had therefore limited their amendments to the EC proposal to changes reflecting the agreement obtained between the Council and the Parliament on the nine other Directives and which had been omitted in the proposal. The Greek Presidency got a mandate on 22 January and the second trialogue was held on 5 February 2014.
Rapporteur: Zuzana Roithova
The IMCO Shadow Rapporteurs are Toine Manders (ALDE), Christel Schaldemose (S&D), Ashley Fox (ECR) and Matteo Salvini (EFD)
The report on pressure equipment (2013/0221(COD)) is foreseen for April II plenary.
Simplifying the transfer of motor vehicles registered in another MS within the Single Market addresses the issue that 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 . On 31 January 2014, a majority of Member States have requested however an impact assessment on the taxation aspects of this proposal before continuing work on it. Therefore, the Presidency has suspended its negotiations as it could not get an informal mandate to proceed.
Rapporteur: Toine Manders (ALDE)
Shadow Rapporteurs: Othmar KARAS (EPP), Catherine STIHLER (S&D), Heide RÜHLE (Greens/EFA), Malcolm HARBOUR (ECR), Thomas HÄNDEL (GUE/NGL) and Matteo SALVINI (EFD).
In January 2013 the European Commission tabled a proposal for a directive concerning measures to ensure a high common level of network and information security across the Union. This proposal was presented in connection with the joint Communication of the Commission and High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy on a European Cybersecurity Strategy. The objective of the Strategy is to ensure a secure and trustworthy digital environment, while promoting and protecting fundamental rights and other EU core values. IMCO issued a report on the directive, while ITRE and LIBE committees have been associated under Rule 50 (exclusive competence) on certain provisions, which were voted in January 2014 in the committee, with the aim to reach the EP position in the first reading in April 2014. The negotiations with the Council will start most probably during the Italian Presidency.
Enotni trg in prosti pretok ljudi, blaga in storitev sta med osnovnimi gradniki EU. Državljanom in podjetjem EU sta prinesla blaginjo in rast, delovna mesta, mobilnost in svobodo izbire.
V Odboru za notranji trg in varstvo potrošnikov menimo, da morajo biti državljani v središču enotnega trga. Naša naloga je zagotoviti, da se lahko ljudje nastanijo kjerkoli v EU, pa naj bo zavoljo dela, študija ali pa ustanovitve podjetja.
Zagotoviti želimo, da bodo potrošniki poznali svoje pravice in se počutili varne in zaščitene pri nakupovanju izdelkov v EU, tako v njihovi lokalni trgovini kot pri čezmejnih nakupih prek spleta.
Naš cilj je oblikovanje jasnih pravil za podjetja, zmanjšanje težav malih podjetij in povečanje njihovih priložnosti na trgu pri proizvodnji, prodaji ali izvajanju storitev.
Odbor za notranji trg je dal pobudo za akt o enotnem trgu, da bi dal nov zagon enotnemu trgu. Ostajamo zavezani čimprejšnji uresničitvi predlogov iz tega akta. Le dobro delujoč enotni evropski trg lahko zagotovi našo blaginjo in konkurenčnost v svetu v prihodnjih desetletjih.
Malcolm Harbour Predsednik Odbora za notranji trg in varstvo potrošnikov