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20 October 2016
PE 585.811v03-00 A8-0311/2016

on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EU) 2015/936 of the European Parliament and of the Council on common rules for imports of textile products from certain third countries not covered by bilateral agreements, protocols or other arrangements, or by other specific Union import rules

(COM(2016)0044 – C8-0022/2016 – 2016/0029(COD))

Committee on International Trade

Rapporteur: Hannu Takkula

AMENDMENTS
DRAFT EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION
 EXPLANATORY STATEMENT
 PROCEDURE – COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE

DRAFT EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION

on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EU) 2015/936 of the European Parliament and of the Council on common rules for imports of textile products from certain third countries not covered by bilateral agreements, protocols or other arrangements, or by other specific Union import rules

(COM(2016)0044 – C8-0022/2016 – 2016/0029(COD))

(Ordinary legislative procedure: first reading)

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to the Commission proposal to Parliament and the Council (COM(2016)0044),

–  having regard to Article 294(2) and Article 207(2) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, pursuant to which the Commission submitted the proposal to Parliament (C8-0022/2016),

–  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 International Trade (A8-0311/2016),

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

2.  Calls on the Commission to refer the matter to Parliament again if it intends to amend its proposal substantially or replace it with another text;

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

Amendment    1

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(2)  The release of political prisoners on 22 August 2015 was an important step, which together with several positive initiatives undertaken by the Republic of Belarus over the last two years contributed to the improvement of relations between the European Union and the Republic of Belarus.

(2)  The release of political prisoners on 22 August 2015 was an important step, which together with several positive initiatives undertaken by the Republic of Belarus over the last two years, such as resumption of the EU-Belarus Human Rights Dialogue, contributed to the improvement of relations between the European Union and the Republic of Belarus.

Amendment    2

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 2 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(2a)  EU-Belarus relations should be based on common values, especially with regard to human rights, democracy and the rule of law and it should be recalled that the human rights situation in the Republic of Belarus remains a concern to the Union, in particular issues such as the death penalty which should be abolished.

Amendment    3

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(3)  These positive political developments between the European Union and the Republic of Belarus should be recognised and bilateral relations further improved. Accordingly, the present regulation repeals the autonomous quotas on imports of textiles and clothing originating in the Republic of Belarus, provided for in Annexes II and III of Regulation (EU) 2015/936.

(3)  These positive political developments between the European Union and the Republic of Belarus should be recognised and bilateral relations further improved. Accordingly, the present regulation repeals the autonomous quotas on imports of textiles and clothing originating in the Republic of Belarus, provided for in Annexes II and III of Regulation (EU) 2015/936 without prejudice to the Union’s ability to have recourse to quotas in the future should the human rights situation in the Republic of Belarus seriously deteriorate.

Amendment    4

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 4

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(4)  The limited use of the autonomous quotas on imports of textiles and clothing originating in the Republic of Belarus implies that the removal of those quotas will have a limited impact on EU trade.

(4)  The removal of the autonomous quotas on imports of textiles and clothing originating in the Republic of Belarus implies that the quotas on outward processing traffic are no longer necessary. As a result, Recital 5, Article 4(2), Chapter V on Outward Processing Traffic, containing Articles 25, 26, 27, 28 and 29, and Annex V should be deleted, which also affects Article 31. The limited use of the autonomous and outward processing quotas on imports of textiles and clothing originating in the Republic of Belarus implies that the removal of those quotas will have a limited impact on Union trade.

Amendment    5

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 6

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(6)  The official name of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea should be used in Annexes II, III and IV of Regulation (EU) 2015/936 and the official name of the Republic of Belarus should be used in Annex V of Regulation (EU) 2015/936.

(6)  The official name of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea should be used in Annexes II, III and IV of Regulation (EU) 2015/936.

Amendment    6

Proposal for a regulation

Article 1 – point -1 (new)

Regulation (EU) No 2015/936

Recital 5

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

-1.   Recital 5 is deleted.

Amendment    7

Proposal for a regulation

Article 1 – point -1 a (new)

Regulation (EU) No 2015/936

Article 4 – paragraph 2

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

-1a.  In Article 4, paragraph 2 is deleted.

Amendment    8

Proposal for a regulation

Article 1 – point 1 a (new)

Regulation (EU) No 2015/936

Article 25

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

1a.  Article 25 is deleted.

Amendment    9

Proposal for a regulation

Article 1 – point 1 b (new)

Regulation (EU) No 2015/936

Article 26

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

1b.  Article 26 is deleted.

Amendment    10

Proposal for a regulation

Article 1 – point 1 c (new)

Regulation (EU) No 2015/936

Article 27

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

1c.  Article 27 is deleted.

Amendment    11

Proposal for a regulation

Article 1 – point 1 d (new)

Regulation (EU) No 2015/936

Article 28

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

1d.  Article 28 is deleted.

Amendment    12

Proposal for a regulation

Article 1 – point 1 e (new)

Regulation (EU) No 2015/936

Article 29

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

1e.  Article 29 is deleted.

Amendment    13

Proposal for a regulation

Article 1 – point 1 f (new)

Regulation (EU) No 2015/936

Article 31 – paragraph 2

 

Present text

Amendment

 

1f.   In Article 31, paragraph 2 is replaced by the following:

‘2.  The power to adopt delegated acts referred to in Article 3(3), Article 5(2), Article 12(3), Article 13, Article 26, Article 27(1) and (3) and Article 35 shall be conferred on the Commission for a period of 5 years from 20 February 2014. The Commission shall draw up a report in respect of the delegation of power not later than 9 months before the end of the 5 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 3 months before the end of each period.’

‘2.  The power to adopt delegated acts referred to in Article 3(3), Article 5(2), Article 12(3), Article 13 and Article 35 shall be conferred on the Commission for a period of 5 years from 20 February 2014. The Commission shall draw up a report in respect of the delegation of power not later than 9 months before the end of the 5 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 3 months before the end of each period.’

Amendment    14

Proposal for a regulation

Article 1 – point 1 g (new)

Regulation (EU) No 2015/936

Article 31 – paragraph 3

 

Present text

Amendment

 

1g.   In Article 31, paragraph 3 is replaced by the following:

‘3.  The delegation of power referred to in Article 3(3), Article 5(2), Article 12(3), Article 13, Article 26, Article 27(1) and (3) and Article 35 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 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 Article 3(3), Article 5(2), Article 12(3), Article 13 and Article 35 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 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    15

Proposal for a regulation

Article 1 – point 1 h (new)

Regulation (EU) No 2015/936

Article 31 – paragraph 6

 

Present text

Amendment

 

1h.   In Article 31, paragraph 6 is replaced by the following:

‘6.  A delegated act adopted pursuant to Article 3(3), Article 12(3), Article 26 and Article 27(1) and (3) shall enter into force only if no objection has been expressed either by the European Parliament or the Council within a period of 2 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 4 months at the initiative of the European Parliament or of the Council.’

‘6.  A delegated act adopted pursuant to Article 3(3) and Article 12(3) shall enter into force only if no objection has been expressed either by the European Parliament or the Council within a period of 2 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 4 months at the initiative of the European Parliament or of the Council.’

Amendment    16

Proposal for a regulation

Article 1 – point 2

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2.  Section A of Annex I to Regulation (EU) 2015/936 is amended in accordance with the Annex to this Regulation and Annexes II, III, IV and V to Regulation (EU) 2015/936 are replaced by texts set out in the Annex to this Regulation.

2.  Section A of Annex I is amended in accordance with the Annex to this Regulation and Annexes II, III and IV are replaced by texts set out in the Annex to this Regulation.

Amendment    17

Proposal for a regulation

Article 1 – point 2 a (new)

Regulation (EU) No 2015/936

Annex V

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

2a.  Annex V is deleted.


EXPLANATORY STATEMENT

Regulation (EU) 2015/936 lays down the common rules for imports of textile products from certain third countries not covered by bilateral agreements, protocols or other arrangements, or by other specific Union import rules. It currently covers two countries which are not members of the World Trade Organisation - the Republic of Belarus and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

The release of the political prisoners on 22 August 2015 was an important step, which together with several positive initiatives undertaken by the Republic of Belarus over the last two years contributed to the improvement of EU-Belarus relations.

Recognizing the positive political developments in relations between the European Union and the Republic of Belarus and in order to further improve bilateral relations, the Commission proposed to abolish the autonomous quotas on imports of textiles and clothing originating in the Republic of Belarus, also considering their limited use. This abolition aims at contributing to the further improvement of the EU-Belarus relations.

Given the very limited use of the quotas as well as very marginal impact on the EU textile producers, the rapporteur agrees with the abolition of the quotas. The rapporteur believes that it will be a positive motivational signal for the Republic of Belarus and for Belarussian businesses, also in terms of facilitating business-to-business dialogue and raising investors’ confidence.

Intensified EU-Belarus trade relations could be a vector for modernisation of Belarussian economy and promotion the EU’s core values, thus bringing about the long-due societal changes in Belarus.

The logical consequence of the abolition of autonomous quotas on import of textiles and clothing originating in Belarus should be the deletion from Regulation (EU) 2015/936 of all provisions relating to quotas on outward processing traffic. These quotas apply for EU textile products transformed in Belarus and re-exported to the European Union. The quotas on outward processing traffic do not apply to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and therefore become redundant. In its proposal the Commission omitted to address this redundancy. The rapporteur therefore proposes several amendments rectifying this omission and carrying out the necessary technical adaptations of the basic Regulation (EU) 2015/936.


PROCEDURE – COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE

Title

Common rules for imports of textile products from certain third countries not covered by bilateral agreements, protocols or other arrangements, or by other specific Union import rules

References

COM(2016)0044 – C8-0022/2016 – 2016/0029(COD)

Date submitted to Parliament

3.2.2016

 

 

 

Committee responsible

       Date announced in plenary

INTA

25.2.2016

 

 

 

Rapporteurs

       Date appointed

Hannu Takkula

14.3.2016

 

 

 

Discussed in committee

13.7.2016

31.8.2016

 

 

Date adopted

13.10.2016

 

 

 

Result of final vote

+:

–:

0:

31

1

2

Members present for the final vote

Laima Liucija Andrikienė, Maria Arena, Tiziana Beghin, David Campbell Bannerman, Daniel Caspary, Salvatore Cicu, Santiago Fisas Ayxelà, Christofer Fjellner, Jude Kirton-Darling, Bernd Lange, David Martin, Emma McClarkin, Anne-Marie Mineur, Sorin Moisă, Alessia Maria Mosca, Franz Obermayr, Artis Pabriks, Franck Proust, Viviane Reding, Inmaculada Rodríguez-Piñero Fernández, Matteo Salvini, Marietje Schaake, Helmut Scholz, Joachim Schuster, Joachim Starbatty, Adam Szejnfeld, Hannu Takkula, Iuliu Winkler

Substitutes present for the final vote

Dita Charanzová, Edouard Ferrand, Agnes Jongerius, Sander Loones, Fernando Ruas, Lola Sánchez Caldentey

Date tabled

20.10.2016

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