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P8_TA(2019)0382

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PE 612.068v02-00 A8-0094/2018

on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on European business statistics, amending Regulation (EC) No 184/2005 and repealing 10 legal acts in the field of business statistics

(COM(2017)0114 – C8‑0099/2017 – 2017/0048(COD))

Committee on Industry, Research and Energy

Rapporteur: Janusz Lewandowski

AMENDMENTS
DRAFT EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION
 EXPLANATORY STATEMENT
 PROCEDURE – COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE
 FINAL VOTE BY ROLL CALL IN COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE

DRAFT EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION

on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on European business statistics, amending Regulation (EC) no 184/2005 and repealing 10 legal acts in the field of business statistics

(COM(2017)0114 – C8‑0099/2017 – 2017/0048(COD))

(Ordinary legislative procedure: first reading)

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to the Commission proposal to Parliament and the Council (COM(2017)0114),

–  having regard to Article 294(2) and Article 338(1) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, pursuant to which the Commission submitted the proposal to Parliament (C8‑0099/2017),

–  having regard to Article 294(3) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

–  having regard to Rule 59 of its Rules of Procedure,

–  having regard to the report of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (A8-0094/2018),

1.  Adopts its position at first reading hereinafter set out;

2.  Calls on the Commission to refer the matter to Parliament again if it replaces, substantially amends or intends to substantially amend its proposal;

3.  Instructs its President to forward its position to the Council, the Commission and the national parliaments.

Amendment    1

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 3 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(3 a)  Union guidance, such as Commission Recommendation 2003/361/EC1a, is of relevance for European business statistics. A clear and harmonised definition of an enterprise is needed to foster legal certainty and business predictability and create a level playing field for Union-based SMEs.

 

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1a. Commission Recommendation concerning the definition of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (2003/361/EC) (OJ L 124, 20.5.2003, p. 36).

Amendment    2

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 5

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(5)  The administrative burden on small and medium sized enterprises should be as limited as possible taking into account to the extent possible other data sources than surveys. For the purpose of alleviating the burden on enterprises it should be possible to establish different data requirements depending on the size and importance of the business economies of Member States.

(5)  The administrative burden on businesses and in particular on small and medium sized enterprises should be as limited as possible taking into account to the extent possible other data sources than surveys. For the purpose of alleviating the burden on enterprises it should be possible to establish different data requirements depending on the size and importance of the business economies of Member States.

Amendment    3

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 20 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(20 a)  Members States or national competent authorities should endeavour to simplify the collection of statistics from European businesses to the greatest extent possible. The European business statistics system should factor in the latest digital developments at the time when the instruments and methods for collecting statistics are being established.

Amendment    4

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 21

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(21)  There is a need to provide business statistics structured by sector of activity, in order to measure the productivity of businesses in the Union. In particular, there is an increasing demand of statistics on the services sector, which is the most dynamic sector of modern economies, especially in terms of that sector's potential for growth and employment creation and taking into account the relations with the manufacturing sector. Statistics on trade in services are essential for monitoring the functioning of the internal market for services and assessing the impact of barriers on trade in services.

(21)  There is a need to provide business statistics structured by sector of activity, in order to measure the productivity of businesses in the Union. In particular, there is an increasing demand of statistics on the services sector, which is the most dynamic sector of modern economies, especially in terms of that sector's potential for growth and employment creation and taking into account the relations with the manufacturing sector. This trend is further enhanced by the development of new digital services. The increasing demand for statistics is also the case for creative and cultural industries, as stated in the European Parliament resolution on a coherent EU policy for cultural and creative industries1a. Statistics on trade in services are essential for monitoring the functioning of the internal market for services and the digital single market and assessing the impact of barriers on trade in services.

 

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1a P8_TA-PROV(2016)0486.

Amendment    5

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 22

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(22)  The monitoring of the progress towards the goals set by the Europe 2020 strategy at Member State and Union level requires harmonised statistics for the Union economy regarding research and development, innovation, the information society covering both market and non-market activities and on the business landscape as a whole, in particular on business demography and employment related to market activities. Such information allows decision makers to take informed policy decisions in order to develop an economy based on knowledge and innovation, to improve access to the single market for small and medium sized enterprises, develop entrepreneurship and improve competitiveness.

(22)  The monitoring of the progress towards the goals set by the Europe 2020 strategy at Member State and Union level requires harmonised statistics for the Union economy regarding climate change and resource efficiency, research and development, innovation, the information society covering both market and non-market activities and on the business landscape as a whole, in particular on business demography and employment related to market activities. Such information allows decision makers to take informed policy decisions in order to develop an economy based on knowledge and innovation, to improve access to the single market for small and medium sized enterprises, develop entrepreneurship and improve sustainability and competitiveness.

Amendment    6

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 23

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(23)  The coordination of economic policies within the Union and the euro area and the provision of information to economic agents within the single market requires comparable data on labour market developments including statistics on labour costs, earnings and on the number of occupied and vacant posts. In addition, lifelong learning is a key element in developing and promoting a skilled, trained and adapted workforce, and particular attention should be given to vocational training in enterprises as a crucial contributor to lifelong learning. Such data are mainly collected from businesses and should in the future be legislated and better integrated with other business statistics. Data on the level and composition of labour costs and on the structure and distribution of earnings are needed to assess medium-term developments of Union economies. Data on labour cost developments and job vacancies are needed for the short–term monitoring of Union economies, including for monetary policy purposes. Data on enterprises' investment in continuing vocational training, the characteristics and volume of such training as well as information on enterprises' strategies for vocational training are needed to monitor the implementation of the Union's strategy for enhanced cooperation in vocational education and training.

(23)  The coordination of economic policies within the Union and the euro area and the provision of information to economic agents within the single market requires comparable data on labour market developments including statistics on labour costs, working conditions, earnings and the ratio between the management wage and the wage of the bottom 10% of workers, as well as on the number of occupied and vacant posts. Together with the integrated framework for European statistics relating to persons and households, this data will also contribute to achieving the targets of the European Pillar of Social Rights. In addition, lifelong learning is a key element in developing and promoting a skilled, trained and adapted workforce, and particular attention should be given to vocational training in enterprises as a crucial contributor to lifelong learning. Such data are mainly collected from businesses and should in the future be legislated and better integrated with other business statistics. Data on the level and composition of labour costs and on the structure and distribution of earnings are needed to assess medium-term developments of Union economies. Data on labour cost developments and job vacancies are needed for the short–term monitoring of Union economies, including for monetary policy purposes. Data on enterprises' investment in continuing vocational training, the characteristics and volume of such training as well as information on enterprises' strategies for vocational training are needed to monitor the implementation of the Union's strategy for enhanced cooperation in vocational education and training.

Amendment    7

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 24

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(24)  Statistics on innovation, research and development activities are needed for the development and monitoring of policies that aim to strengthen the competitiveness of Member States and increase their medium and long term potential for smart growth and employment. An expanding digital economy and the increased use of information and communication technologies are also among the important drivers of competitiveness and growth in the Union, and statistical data are needed to support the related strategies and policies.

(24)  Statistics on innovation, research and development activities are needed for the development and monitoring of policies that aim to strengthen the competitiveness of Member States and increase their medium and long term potential for smart growth and employment. An expanding digital economy and the increased use of information and communication technologies are also among the important drivers of competitiveness and growth in the Union, and statistical data are needed to support the related strategies and policies, including the completion of the digital single market.

Amendment    8

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 25 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(25 a)  Harmonised statistics on the circular economy collected from businesses are needed to support the Union's policy action to develop a sustainable, low carbon, resource efficient and competitive economy in Member States and the Union. The feasibility of collecting the additional information needed for this purpose should be assessed by the Commission by means of a pilot study before being legislated and better integrated with other statistics.

Amendment    9

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 25 b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(25b)  In order to reflect the ever wider use of innovative technologies and in order to minimise the possible negative impact on businesses, the responsible national statistical authorities should make use of these technologies and should be encouraged to implement innovative approaches.

Amendment    10

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 26

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(26)  Statistics on international trade in services as required for the compilation of the balance of payments of the Union and of the euro area, are defined by the Commission (Eurostat) and the European Central Bank in close co-operation.

(26)  Statistics on international trade in services as required for the compilation of the balance of payments of the Union and of the euro area, are defined by the Commission (Eurostat) and the European Central Bank in close co-operation. As a priority, the Commission should launch a pilot study that will cover the modes of supply of international trade in services and the international trade in services by enterprise characteristics.

Amendment    11

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 28

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(28)  While maintaining the principle of providing business statistics on the entire economy, the data requirements should take into account to the extent possible, simplifying measures for alleviating the burden on business economies of Member States which are relatively small, in accordance with the principle of proportionality.

(28)  While maintaining the principle of providing business statistics on the entire economy, the data requirements should take into account to the extent possible, simplifying measures for alleviating the burden on business economies of Member States which are relatively small, in accordance with the principle of proportionality. Additional requirements should not pose a disproportionate administrative burden to respondents.

Amendment    12

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 30

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(30)  In order to take account of economic and technical developments, the power to adopt acts in accordance with Article 290 of the Treaty should be delegated to the Commission in respect of the detailed topics set out in Annexes I and II as well as the coverage rate for intra-Union exports of goods. The Commission should also have the power to supplement the detailed topics with subjects and characteristics for the dynamic business statistics on ICT, Innovation and Global value chains and exact information to be provided by tax authorities and custom authorities. It is of particular importance that the Commission carry out appropriate consultations during its preparatory work, including at expert level, and that those consultations be conducted in accordance with the principles laid down in the Interinstitutional Agreement on Better Law-Making of 13 April 20161. In particular, to ensure equal participation in the preparation of delegated acts, the European Parliament and Council receive all documents at the same time as Member States' experts, and their experts have systematic access to meetings of Commission expert groups dealing with the preparation of delegated acts.

(30)  In order to take account of economic and technical developments, the power to adopt acts in accordance with Article 290 of the Treaty should be delegated to the Commission in respect of the detailed topics set out in Annexes I and II as well as the coverage rate for intra-Union exports of goods. The Commission should also have the power to supplement the detailed topics with subjects and characteristics for the dynamic business statistics on ICT, Innovation and Global value chains, to supplement the register detailed topics with descriptive details, to supplement the statistical data elements for the micro-data collected through surveys on intra-Union trade in goods to be provided to the Member State of import and to supplement exact information to be provided by tax authorities and custom authorities. It is of particular importance that the Commission carry out appropriate consultations during its preparatory work, including at expert level, and that those consultations be conducted in accordance with the principles laid down in the Interinstitutional Agreement on Better Law-Making of 13 April 20161. In particular, to ensure equal participation in the preparation of delegated acts, the European Parliament and Council receive all documents at the same time as Member States' experts, and their experts have systematic access to meetings of Commission expert groups dealing with the preparation of delegated acts.

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  OJ L 123, 12.5.2016, p. 1.

  OJ L 123, 12.5.2016, p. 1.

Amendment    13

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 31

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(31)  In order to ensure uniform conditions for the technical implementation of certain elements of requirements including for business registers, the format, security and confidentiality measures and the procedure for the exchange of confidential data for the purpose of the European network of statistical business registers, the data and metadata transmission, data quality and metadata reports and derogations implementing powers should be conferred on the Commission. With the same purpose additional implementing powers should be conferred on the Commission with regards to the modalities of and the format, security and confidentiality measures and the procedure for the exchange of confidential data for the purpose of the intra-Union trade in goods statistics, the specifications of the relevant metadata, the timetable, the modalities of the collection and compilation of the statistical information on intra-Union exports of goods provided to the Member State of import, the modalities for the application of the coverage rate of the total intra-Union exports of goods, the statistical data elements for the micro-data collected through surveys on intra-Union trade in goods to be provided to the Member State of import and the related simplifications. Those powers should be exercised in accordance with Regulation (EU) No 182/2011 of the European Parliament and the Council1.

(31)  In order to ensure uniform conditions for the technical implementation of certain elements of requirements including for business registers, the format, security and confidentiality measures and the procedure for the exchange of confidential data for the purpose of the European network of statistical business registers, the data and metadata transmission, data quality and metadata reports and derogations implementing powers should be conferred on the Commission. With the same purpose additional implementing powers should be conferred on the Commission with regards to the modalities of and the format, security and confidentiality measures and the procedure for the exchange of confidential data for the purpose of the intra-Union trade in goods statistics, the specifications of the relevant metadata, the timetable, the modalities of the collection and compilation of the statistical information on intra-Union exports of goods provided to the Member State of import, the modalities for the application of the coverage rate of the total intra-Union exports of goods, and the detailed arrangements for the simplification of the statistical data elements for the micro-data collected through surveys on intra-Union trade in goods to be provided to the importing Member State. Those powers should be exercised in accordance with Regulation (EU) No 182/2011 of the European Parliament and the Council1.

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  Regulation (EU) No 182/2011 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 February 2011 laying down the rules and general principles concerning mechanisms for control by Member States of the Commission’s exercise of implementing powers (OJ L 55, 28.2.2011, p. 13).

  Regulation (EU) No 182/2011 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 February 2011 laying down the rules and general principles concerning mechanisms for control by Member States of the Commission’s exercise of implementing powers (OJ L 55, 28.2.2011, p. 13).

Amendment    14

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 32

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(32)  Where appropriate the Commission should conduct cost-benefit analysis and ensure any action it puts forward does not impose a significant additional burden on Member States or respondents taking into account the expected user benefits.

(32)  Where appropriate the Commission should conduct cost-benefit analysis and ensure any action that it puts forward does not impose a significant additional burden on Member States or respondents, in particular for SMEs, taking into account the expected user benefits, and that it leads to an increase in statistical quality.

Amendment    15

Proposal for a regulation

Article 2 – paragraph 1 – point o a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(oa)  ‘performance’ means any relevant assessment indicators of economic, social and environmental dimensions related to the functioning and outputs of the undertakings;

Amendment    16

Proposal for a regulation

Article 3 – paragraph 2 – introductory part

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2.  The European network of statistical business registers shall cover the national business registers and the EuroGroups Register, as well as the exchanges between them.

2.  The European network of statistical business registers shall cover the national statistical business registers and the EuroGroups Register, as well as the exchanges between them in accordance with Article 10.

Amendment    17

Proposal for a regulation

Article 4 – paragraph 1 – introductory part

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1.  Member States shall produce the statistics referred to in Articles 6 and 7 as well as the national statistical business registers referred to in Article 9, using any relevant data sources while avoiding excessive burden on respondents and taking due account of the cost effectiveness of the national statistical authorities. The national statistical authorities may use the following data sources for the production of the statistics and the national statistical business registers required under this Regulation:

1.  Member States shall produce the statistics referred to in Articles 6 and 7 as well as the national statistical business registers referred to in Article 9, using any relevant and reliable data sources while avoiding excessive burden on respondents and taking due account of the cost effectiveness of the national statistical authorities. The national statistical authorities may use the following data sources for the production of the statistics and the national statistical business registers required under this Regulation:

Amendment    18

Proposal for a regulation

Article 4 – paragraph 1 – point b

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b)  administrative records, including information from tax and customs authorities;

(b)  administrative records, including information from tax and customs authorities such as annual financial statements;

Amendment    19

Proposal for a regulation

Article 4 – paragraph 1 – point d a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(d a)  scientifically based and well documented statistical estimation, imputation and modelling methods.

Amendment    20

Proposal for a regulation

Article 4 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2.  When the required statistics cannot be produced by means of the data sources referred to in paragraph 1 which comply with the quality criteria referred to in Article 16, Member States may use scientifically based and well documented statistical estimation and imputation methods to produce those statistics.

deleted

Amendment    21

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – paragraph 4

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

4.  In order to produce statistics on international trade in goods and to improve the quality of those statistics, the national statistical authorities of the Member States concerned may exchange data received from their customs authorities related to the exports or imports of goods, in particular where those exports or imports involve the customs authorities of more than one Member State.

4.  In order to produce statistics on international trade in goods and to improve the quality of those statistics, the national statistical authorities of the Member States concerned shall exchange data received from their customs authorities related to the exports or imports of goods.

Amendment    22

Proposal for a regulation

Article 6 – paragraph 4

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

4.  The Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 21 for the purpose of amending the detailed topics specified in Annex I and for the purpose of specifying subjects and characteristics covered by the detailed topics of Innovation and ICT usage and e-commerce and Global value chains.

4.  The Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 21 for the purpose of amending the detailed topics specified in Annex I and for the purpose of supplementing subjects and characteristics covered by the detailed topics of Innovation and ICT usage and e-commerce and Global value chains and supplementing the variables for all the detailed topics except for Innovation and ICT usage and e-commerce and Global value chains.

Amendment    23

Proposal for a regulation

Article 6 – paragraph 5 – point b

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b)  not more than a maximum of one detailed topic for the subject area "short term business statistics", five detailed topics for the subject area "country-level business statistics", two detailed topics for the subject area "regional business statistics" and two detailed topics for the subject area "statistics on international activities" in an existing delegated act are added or replaced by another detailed topic over a period of five consecutive years. The maximum does not apply to amendments that result from agreements, Treaties and conventions and from other international institutions in which the Union is a member, and to changes that result from the changes to accounting frameworks of national and regional accounts in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 549/2013 and of balance of payments statistics in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 184/2005.The number of characteristics for detailed topics of dynamic business statistics shall not increase significantly between two consecutive reference periods and shall not exceed the number of characteristics of the first year of implementation of this Regulation;

(b)  not more than a maximum of one detailed topic for the subject area "short term business statistics", five detailed topics for the subject area "country-level business statistics", two detailed topics for the subject area "regional business statistics" and two detailed topics for the subject area "statistics on international activities" in an existing delegated act are replaced by another detailed topic over a period of five consecutive years, and not more than a maximum of one detailed topic for the subject areas in an existing delegated act is added over a period of five consecutive years. The maximum does not apply to amendments that result from agreements, Treaties and conventions and from other international institutions in which the Union is a member, and to changes that result from the changes to accounting frameworks of national and regional accounts in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 549/2013 and of balance of payments statistics in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 184/2005. The number of characteristics for detailed topics of dynamic business statistics shall not increase significantly between two consecutive reference periods and shall not exceed the number of characteristics of the first year of implementation of this Regulation;

Amendment    24

Proposal for a regulation

Article 6 – paragraph 5 – point c

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(c)  delegated acts are adopted at least 15 months before the end of the reference period of the data except for the topics of "Innovation" and "ICT usage and e-commerce" for which the delegated acts shall be adopted at least six and twelve months respectively before the end of the reference period of the data.

(c)  delegated acts are adopted at least 18 months before the end of the reference period of the data except for the topics of "Innovation" and "ICT usage and e-commerce" for which the delegated acts shall be adopted at least six and twelve months respectively before the end of the reference period of the data.

Amendment    25

Proposal for a regulation

Article 7 – paragraph 1 – point a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a)  variables (except for the detailed topics of Innovation and ICT usage and e-commerce and Global value chains);

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Amendment    26

Proposal for a regulation

Article 7 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2.  When exercising the powers referred to in paragraph 1 with regard to the simplifications, the Commission shall take into account the size and importance of the business economies, in accordance with the principle of proportionality, in order to alleviate the burden on enterprises. In addition, the Commission shall ensure that the input needed for compiling the accounting frameworks of national and regional accounts according to Regulation (EC) No 549/2013 and of balance of payments statistics according to Regulation (EC) No 184/2005 is maintained. Implementing acts, except for those that regulate the first implementation of this Regulation, shall be adopted at least 15 months before the end of the reference period of the data for the topics listed in Annex I. For the topics "Innovation" and "ICT usage and e-commerce" the implementing acts shall be adopted at least six and twelve months respectively before the end of the reference period of the data.

2.  When exercising the powers referred to in paragraph 1 with regard to the simplifications, the Commission shall take into account the size and importance of the business economies, in accordance with the principle of proportionality, in order to alleviate the burden on enterprises. In addition, the Commission shall ensure that the input needed for compiling the accounting frameworks of national and regional accounts according to Regulation (EC) No 549/2013 and of balance of payments statistics according to Regulation (EC) No 184/2005 is maintained. Implementing acts, except for those that regulate the first implementation of this Regulation, shall be adopted at least 18 months before the end of the reference period of the data for the topics listed in Annex I. For the topics "Innovation" and "ICT usage and e-commerce" the implementing acts shall be adopted at least six months respectively before the end of the reference period of the data.

Amendment    27

Proposal for a regulation

Article 7 – paragraph 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

3.  The implementing acts referred to in paragraph 1 shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 22(2).

3.  The implementing acts referred to in paragraph 1 shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 22(2).

 

When preparing such implementing acts potential extra costs and administrative burdens on Member States or on the respondent shall be taken into account together with an estimate of the projected increase of statistical quality and any other direct or indirect benefit resulting from the additional proposed action.

Amendment    28

Proposal for a regulation

Article 8 – paragraph 4 – subparagraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

National statistical business registers and the EuroGroups Register shall be the authoritative source for deriving high quality, consistent and coordinated register populations according to Article 16 of this Regulation, for the production of European statistics.

National statistical business registers and the EuroGroups Register shall be the authentic and reliable source for deriving high quality, consistent and coordinated register populations according to Article 16 of this Regulation, for the production of European statistics.

Amendment    29

Proposal for a regulation

Article 8 – paragraph 4 – subparagraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

National statistical business registers shall be the authoritative source for national register populations. The EuroGroups Register shall be the authoritative source for the European Statistical System register population for business statistics requiring the coordination of cross-border information.

National statistical business registers shall be the authoritative source for national statistical register populations. The EuroGroups Register shall be the authoritative source for the European Statistical System of register population for business statistics requiring the coordination of cross-border information.

Amendment    30

Proposal for a regulation

Article 9 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2.  The Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 21 to amend the register detailed topics included in Annex III to relevant technical and economic developments and new user needs.

2.  The Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 21 to amend the register detailed topics included in Annex III to relevant technical and economic developments and new user needs and to add the descriptive details for each of the register detailed topics.

Amendment    31

Proposal for a regulation

Article 9 – paragraph 4

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

4.  The Commission shall be empowered to adopt implementing acts in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 22(2) for the purpose of further specifying the descriptive details for each of the register detailed topics.

deleted

Amendment    32

Proposal for a regulation

Article 10 – paragraph 6 – subparagraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Transmission of confidential data between national statistical authorities and the Commission (Eurostat) shall take place to the extent that such transmission is necessary for the production of European statistics. Any further transmission must be explicitly authorised by the national authority that collected the data.

Transmission of confidential data between national statistical authorities and the Commission (Eurostat) shall take place to the extent that such transmission is necessary exclusively for statistical purposes for the production of European statistics. Any further transmission must be explicitly authorised by the national authority that collected the data.

Amendment    33

Proposal for a regulation

Article 13 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

The Commission shall be empowered to adopt implementing acts in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 22(2) for the purpose of specifying the statistical data elements referred to in points (a) to (i), and for specifying the list of statistical data elements applicable for the specific goods or movements and the data compiled by using the particulars of customs declarations referred to in points (b) and (c) of Article 12(1).

The Commission is empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 21 for the purpose of supplementing the statistical data elements referred to in points (a) to (i), and for supplementing the list of statistical data elements applicable for the specific goods or movements and the data compiled by using the particulars of customs declarations referred to in points (b) and (c) of Article 12(1).

Amendment    34

Proposal for a regulation

Article 16 – paragraph 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

3.  The Commission (Eurostat) shall assess the quality of the data and metadata transmitted.

3.  The Commission (Eurostat) shall assess in a transparent way the quality of the data and metadata transmitted.

Amendment    35

Proposal for a regulation

Article 16 – paragraph 6

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

6.  The Commission shall be empowered to adopt implementing acts specifying the modalities, content and deadlines for the transmission of the metadata and quality reports. These implementing acts shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 22(2).

6.  The Commission shall be empowered to adopt implementing acts specifying the modalities, content and deadlines for the transmission of the metadata and quality reports. These implementing acts shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 22(2).

 

When preparing such implementing acts potential extra costs and administrative burdens on Member States or on the respondent shall be taken into account together with an estimate of the projected increase of statistical quality and any other direct or indirect benefit resulting from the additional proposed action.

Amendment    36

Proposal for a regulation

Article 16 – paragraph 8

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

8.  At the request of the Commission (Eurostat), Member States shall provide the additional information necessary to evaluate the quality of the statistical information.

8.  At the request of the Commission (Eurostat), Member States shall provide the additional information and any updates to that information, needed to evaluate the quality of the statistical information.

Amendment    37

Proposal for a regulation

Article 17 – paragraph 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

3.  Member States shall transmit to the Commission (Eurostat), at its request, any relevant information with regard to the implementation of this Regulation in the Member States.

3.  Member States shall transmit to the Commission (Eurostat), at its request, any relevant information, and updates to that information, with regard to the implementation of this Regulation in the Member States. Such Commission requests shall not impose a significant additional administrative or financial burden on the Member States.

Amendment    38

Proposal for a regulation

Article 19 – paragraph 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

3.  The first pilot studies to be launched shall cover the modes of supply of international trade in services and the international trade in services by enterprise characteristics.

deleted

Amendment    39

Proposal for a regulation

Article 20 – paragraph 1 – point b a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(b a)  developing methodologies that aim to lower the administrative and financial burden of providing the required information by reporting units, in particular SMEs.

Amendment    40

Proposal for a regulation

Article 20 – paragraph 1 – point b b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(bb)  development or enhancement of processes, IT-systems and similar support functions with the aim of producing higher quality statistics or to lower the administrative and financial burden.

Amendment    41

Proposal for a regulation

Article 21 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2.  The power to adopt delegated acts referred to in Articles 5, 6, 9 and 12 shall be conferred on the Commission for an indeterminate period of time.

2.  The power to adopt delegated acts referred to in Articles 5, 6, 9, 12, 13 and 24 shall be conferred on the Commission for a period of five years. The Commission shall draw up a report in respect of the delegation of power not later than nine months before the end of the five-year period. The delegation of power shall be tacitly extended for periods of an identical duration, unless the European Parliament or the Council opposes such extension not later than three months before the end of each period.

Amendment    42

Proposal for a regulation

Article 21 – paragraph 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

3.  The delegation of power referred to in Articles 5, 6, 9 and 12 may be revoked at any time by the European Parliament or by the Council. A decision to revoke shall put an end to the delegation of the power specified in that decision. It shall take effect the day following the publication of the decision in the Official Journal of the European Union or at a later date specified therein. It shall not affect the validity of any delegated acts already in force.

3.  The delegation of power referred to in Articles 5, 6, 9, 12, 13 and 24 may be revoked at any time by the European Parliament or by the Council. A decision to revoke shall put an end to the delegation of the power specified in that decision. It shall take effect the day following the publication of the decision in the Official Journal of the European Union or at a later date specified therein. It shall not affect the validity of any delegated acts already in force.

Amendment    43

Proposal for a regulation

Article 21 – paragraph 6

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

6.  A delegated act adopted pursuant to Articles 5, 6, 9 and 12 shall enter into force only if no objection has been expressed either by the European Parliament or the Council within a period of two months of notification of that act to the European Parliament and the Council or if, before the expiry of that period, the European Parliament and the Council have both informed the Commission that they will not object. That period shall be extended by two months at the initiative of the European Parliament or the Council.

6.  A delegated act adopted pursuant to Articles 5, 6, 9, 12, 13 and 24shall enter into force only if no objection has been expressed either by the European Parliament or the Council within a period of two months of notification of that act to the European Parliament and the Council or if, before the expiry of that period, the European Parliament and the Council have both informed the Commission that they will not object. That period shall be extended by two months at the initiative of the European Parliament or the Council.

Amendment    44

Proposal for a regulation

Article 24 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1.  Where the application of this Regulation in a national statistical system of a Member State necessitates major adaptations, the Commission may grant, by means of implementing acts, derogations from its application for a maximum duration of three years, provided that these derogations do not hamper either the comparability of Member States' data or the calculation of the required timely and representative European aggregates.

1.  Where the application of this Regulation in a national statistical system of a Member State necessitates major adaptations, the Commission is empowered to adopt delegated acts, derogations from its application for a maximum duration of three years.

Amendment    45

Proposal for a regulation

Article 24 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2.  The Commission shall adopt these implementing acts in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 22(2).

2.  The Commission shall adopt these delegated acts in accordance with Article 21.

Amendment    46

Proposal for a regulation

Article 27 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2.  It shall apply from 1 January 2019.

2.  It shall apply from [date one year after the entry into force of this Regulation].

Amendment    47

Proposal for a regulation

Article 27 – paragraph 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

3.  However, Articles 11 to 15 shall apply from 1 January 2020.

3.  However, Articles 11 to 15 shall apply from [date two years after entry into force of this Regulation].

Amendment    48

Proposal for a regulation

Annex I – Subject area 2 – line 5 a (new)

Topics

Detailed topics

 

Amendment

Topics

Detailed topics

Financial activities

Net profit attributable to shareholders

 

Earning per share

 

Return on equity

Amendment    49

Proposal for a regulation

Annex I – Subject area 2 – line 8 a (new)

Topics

Detailed topics

 

Amendment

Topics

Detailed topics

Environment and climate

CO2 allowances received / sold

Amendment    50

Proposal for a regulation

Annex II – Subject area 1 – line 4

Topics

Periodicity

Outputs and performance

monthly; quarterly for small countries for NACE Section F

 

Amendment

Topics

Periodicity

Outputs and performance

monthly; quarterly for small* countries for NACE Section F

 

*As specified in implementing acts referred to in Article 7(1).

Amendment    51

Proposal for a regulation

Annex II – Subject area 2 – line 3

Topics

Periodicity

R&D inputs

biennially; annually for sector of performance breakdown of intramural R&D expenditure, R&D personnel and number of researchers as well as for government budget appropriations or outlays on research and development (GBAORD) and national public funding to transnationally coordinated R&D

 

Amendment

Topics

Periodicity

R&D inputs

Annually

Amendment    52

Proposal for a regulation

Annex II – Subject area 2 – line 5 a (new)

Topics

Periodicity

 

Amendment

Topics

Periodicity

Financial activities

Annually

Amendment    53

Proposal for a regulation

Annex II – Subject area 2 – line 7

Topics

Periodicity

Innovation

Biennially

 

Amendment

Topics

Periodicity

Innovation

Annually

Amendment    54

Proposal for a regulation

Annex II – Subject area 2 – line 8 a (new)

Topics

Periodicity

 

Amendment

Topics

Periodicity

Environment and climate

Annually


EXPLANATORY STATEMENT

There is a growing demand for high quality statistics and data on business in the European Union. Data users, like private actors and policymakers, are making use of them to take evidence-based decisions, i.e. contribute to the strengthening of a single market based on knowledge and innovation.

European business statistics should be built upon a common and simple framework, with harmonized definitions that facilitate the understanding of the state of the EU’s economy. Data should be gathered in a cost-effective manner and provided in a timely way, with comparability across Member States.

Statistics and data on Business Services remain, a challenge, in particular, because of their relative paucity. The fact that the nature of the European economy is changing, with a blurred boundary between manufacturing and services, makes the situation even more challenging.

On many occasions, the European Parliament has repeatedly stressed the need for more accurate and timely data and statistics at a Union level, both through resolutions and own initiative reports. The Commission has responded to these demands with proposal for a new framework Regulation (FRIBS), which aims to integrate statistical requirements and legal acts for business statistics by streamlining and simplifying them. By amending Regulation (EC) No 184/2005 and repealing 10 existing legal acts, the Commission uses the Regulatory Fitness and Performance (REFIT) programme to create a common legal framework for the production and compilation of European Statistical System (ESS) business statistics, while at the same time extending the system to include services that were previously not covered.

In general, your rapporteur agrees with the Commission’s proposal. However, he seeks to improve the proposal by aligning it more with the purpose of REFIT: making it simpler, less costly and more predictable. While acknowledging the need to extend the coverage of the ESS to include certain services and the need for a flexible approach within the framework to allow adaptations to methodological developments and a timely response to the emerging needs of data-users, your rapporteur believes that it is further necessary to ensure that extra costs and administrative burdens on business, in particular SMEs, as well as Member States is limited to the minimum. Your rapporteur believes it is equally important, that the rules concerning the confidentiality of data be reinforced.


PROCEDURE – COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE

Title

Proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and the Council on European business statistics, amending Regulation (EC) no 184/2005 and repealing 10 legal acts in the field of business statistics

References

COM(2017)0114 – C8-0099/2017 – 2017/0048(COD)

Date submitted to Parliament

6.3.2017

 

 

 

Committee responsible

       Date announced in plenary

ITRE

16.3.2017

 

 

 

Committees asked for opinions

       Date announced in plenary

ECON

16.3.2017

 

 

 

Not delivering opinions

       Date of decision

ECON

11.4.2017

 

 

 

Rapporteurs

       Date appointed

Janusz Lewandowski

18.5.2017

 

 

 

Discussed in committee

6.11.2017

 

 

 

Date adopted

21.3.2018

 

 

 

Result of final vote

+:

–:

0:

57

6

0

Members present for the final vote

Zigmantas Balčytis, Nikolay Barekov, Bendt Bendtsen, Xabier Benito Ziluaga, José Blanco López, Jonathan Bullock, Cristian-Silviu Buşoi, Reinhard Bütikofer, Jerzy Buzek, Angelo Ciocca, Edward Czesak, Jakop Dalunde, Pilar del Castillo Vera, Ashley Fox, Adam Gierek, Theresa Griffin, Rebecca Harms, Hans-Olaf Henkel, Eva Kaili, Kaja Kallas, Krišjānis Kariņš, Seán Kelly, Jeppe Kofod, Jaromír Kohlíček, Peter Kouroumbashev, Zdzisław Krasnodębski, Miapetra Kumpula-Natri, Christelle Lechevalier, Janusz Lewandowski, Paloma López Bermejo, Edouard Martin, Angelika Mlinar, Nadine Morano, Dan Nica, Angelika Niebler, Morten Helveg Petersen, Miroslav Poche, Julia Reda, Paul Rübig, Massimiliano Salini, Algirdas Saudargas, Sven Schulze, Neoklis Sylikiotis, Dario Tamburrano, Patrizia Toia, Evžen Tošenovský, Claude Turmes, Vladimir Urutchev, Kathleen Van Brempt, Henna Virkkunen, Martina Werner, Hermann Winkler, Anna Záborská, Flavio Zanonato, Carlos Zorrinho

Substitutes present for the final vote

Gunnar Hökmark, Luděk Niedermayer, Dennis Radtke, Dominique Riquet, Pavel Telička

Substitutes under Rule 200(2) present for the final vote

Gerolf Annemans, Rosa D’Amato, Emilian Pavel

Date tabled

23.3.2018


FINAL VOTE BY ROLL CALL IN COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE

57

+

ALDE

Kaja Kallas, Angelika Mlinar, Morten Helveg Petersen, Dominique Riquet, Pavel Telička

ECR

Nikolay Barekov, Edward Czesak, Ashley Fox, Hans-Olaf Henkel, Zdzisław Krasnodębski, Evžen Tošenovský

EFDD

Rosa D'Amato, Dario Tamburrano

ENF

Gerolf Annemans, Angelo Ciocca, Christelle Lechevalier

PPE

Bendt Bendtsen, Cristian-Silviu Buşoi, Jerzy Buzek, Pilar del Castillo Vera, Gunnar Hökmark, Krišjānis Kariņš, Seán Kelly, Janusz Lewandowski, Nadine Morano, Angelika Niebler, Luděk Niedermayer, Dennis Radtke, Paul Rübig, Massimiliano Salini, Algirdas Saudargas, Sven Schulze, Vladimir Urutchev, Henna Virkkunen, Anna Záborská

S&D

Zigmantas Balčytis, José Blanco López, Adam Gierek, Theresa Griffin, Eva Kaili, Jeppe Kofod, Peter Kouroumbashev, Miapetra Kumpula-Natri, Edouard Martin, Dan Nica, Emilian Pavel, Miroslav Poche, Patrizia Toia, Kathleen Van Brempt, Martina Werner, Flavio Zanonato, Carlos Zorrinho

VERTS/ALE

Reinhard Bütikofer, Jakop Dalunde, Rebecca Harms, Julia Reda, Claude Turmes

6

-

EFDD

Jonathan Bullock

GUE/NGL

Xabier Benito Ziluaga, Jaromír Kohlíček, Paloma López Bermejo, Neoklis Sylikiotis

PPE

Hermann Winkler

0

0

 

 

Key to symbols:

+  :  in favour

-  :  against

0  :  abstention

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