Following the election to the European Parliament of former commissioner Antonio Tajani, the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy will hold an exchange of views with Ferdinando Nelli Feroci on 14.07.14 in Strasbourg (Louise Weiss N1.3).
Mr Nelli Feroci has been designated for the portfolio of Industry and Entrepreneurship. His mandate is expected to last until the end of October, when a new Commission is to be set up.
Following the exchange of views, the European Parliament will vote on Mr Nelli Feroci's appointment as Commissioner during its plenary sitting of 16.07.14.
On 11 September 2013, the Commission presented a proposal for a Regulation laying down measures for the European Single Market for electronic communications. The legislative package focuses on net neutrality, single authorisation, uniform consumer protection, the gradual abolition of roaming charges, centralised spectrum management, access products and the management of BEREC. ITRE has been appointed as the EP's lead committee to draft a report on the proposals.
A public hearing was organised on 28 November 2013 around the issues of open internet, access products, BEREC, spectrum and roaming, during which experts and MEPs exchanged their views on the proposals.
On 27 October 2011 the Commission presented a proposal for a Regulation on safety of offshore oil and gas prospection, exploration and production activities. It followed its communication published in October 2010 in the aftermath of the "Deepwater Horizon" oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Currently, offshore oil and gas activities are not covered by a specific European regulatory framework, but a broader EU acquis applies to the offshore sector. The proposal aims at closing the identified regulatory gaps with the objective to (1) reduce the risks of a major accident in Union waters (2) limit the consequences of such an accident should it nonetheless occur. It intends to provide a comprehensive EU-wide regulatory framework, notably by (a) setting risk management requirements for operators (b) ensuring independent and rigorous authorisation procedure for offshore oil and gas activities (c) ensuring public participation in licensing procedures (d) defining more precisely liability requirements (e) setting requirements for operators to deliver Major Hazard Report and internal emergency response plans to the competent authorities (f) setting notification requirements for well and combined operations (g) ensuring independent third party verification of these requirements (h) strengthening powers of competent authorities (i) encouraging sharing of best practises in accident prevention (j) introducing procedures for anonymous "whistle-blowers" (k) enhancing transparency and sharing of information (l) fostering coordination and cooperation between Member States and (m) setting requirements for emergency response plans.
Rapporteur: Ivo BELET (EPP, BE)
Shadows Rapporteurs: Peter SKINNER (S&D, GB), Fiona HALL (ALDE, GB), Michèle RIVASI (Verts/ALE, FR), Vicky FORD (ECR, GB)
The CEF (Connecting Europe Facility) is the financing instrument for the Transeuropean Networks for Transport, Energy and Telecommunications. For the new financing period, the Commission has proposed to allocate € 50 bn - out of which € 31.6 bn for transport infrastructure (including € 10 bn ring fenced from the Cohesion fund), € 9.1 bn for Energy and € 9.2 bn for telecommunications.
This is a new approach placing all three TEN sectors under one single financing umbrella which is centrally managed by the Commission (the administrative tasks to be externalised most probably to the TEN-T EA). The Commission thereby hopes to create some synergies between the three sectors in order to lower administrative costs. The management of the CEF will be based on:
Competitive calls for proposals (or beneficiaries identified in the work programme) for the allocation of funding;
‘Use it or lose it principle’ to ensure effective implementation;
Implementation of projects (procurement, etc) remains under the responsibility of beneficiaries and Member States.
Part of the CEF money will be dedicated to innovative financial instruments such as project bonds in partnership with financial intermediaries like EIB (for TRAN roughly € 2bn for Energy € 1 bn).
On 19 October 2011 the Commission presented a proposal for guidelines for the development of European energy infrastructure, which aims at replacing the existing TEN-E Guidelines. The proposal identifies 12 trans-European priority corridors and covers electricity and gas networks as well as oil and carbon dioxide transport infrastructure. In order to facilitate implementation of these priority corridors, the proposal puts forward a methodology for identifying 'projects of common interest'. In addition, it aims to streamline permit granting procedures, notably by setting time limits and "one-stop-shops" for these procedures; to facilitate the regulatory framework for project development, notably by requesting the elaboration of a methodology for a cost-benefit analysis; and to ensure the necessary funds for its implementation, notably by facilitating investments and setting the conditions for direct EU financial support. To this end the proposal comes in a package with a separate legislative proposal establishing the "Connecting Europe Facility" (CEF).
Rapporteur: António Fernando CORREIA DE CAMPOS (S&D, PT)