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Parliamentary questions
14 December 2016
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 130
Lara Comi (PPE)

 Subject:  TRIS notification system

Under Directive (EU) 2015/1535, a notifying Member State is obliged to respond to the Detailed Opinions (DOs) from other Member States to explain its intended action; however, it is not obliged to consider or take action regarding the opinions expressed.

To give some recent examples, 10 Member States issued DOs on minimum unit pricing of alcohol products and 10 Member States on labelling of construction products. 11 Member States issued 61 DOs in response to legislation by several Member States on standardised packaging of tobacco products. Furthermore, 10 Member States issued DOs on the structural separation of alcohol products in retail outlets in Ireland.

1. Does the Commission intend to examine and revise the procedure under Directive (EU) 2015/1535 in order to strengthen the means by which the Commission and Member States may express concerns over draft technical regulations which they believe might negatively affect the functioning of the internal market?

2. Does the Commission believe that if a significant number of Member States, representing a majority of votes (i.e. the qualified majority system) within the Council, express concerns over national draft technical regulations, the notifying Member State should then be required to formally consider these concerns in its proposal?

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