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Dokument w ramach procedury : B6-0392/2006

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PV 06/07/2006 - 12
CRE 06/07/2006 - 12

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PV 06/07/2006 - 14.4
CRE 06/07/2006 - 14.4

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See also joint motion for a resolution RC-B6-0384/2006
3 July 2006
PE 377.281v01-00
to wind up the debate on statements by the Council and Commission
pursuant to Rule 103(2) of the Rules of Procedure
by Cristiana Muscardini
on the indication of the country of origin of certain products imported from third countries ('origin marking')

European Parliament resolution on the indication of the country of origin of certain products imported from third countries ('origin marking') 

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to Council Regulation (EC) No 980/2005 of 27 June 2005 applying a scheme of generalised tariff preferences,

–  having regard to Directive 2005/29/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 May 2005 concerning unfair business-to-consumer commercial practices in the internal market,

–  having regard to Article IX and Article XXIV:5 of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) (1994),

–  having regard to the Agreements between the European Community and Bulgaria, Romania, Turkey and the Contracting Parties of the European Economic Area,

–  having regard to the European Parliament report on 'Prospects for trade relations between the EU and China',

–  having regard to Council Regulation (EEC) No 2913/92 of 12 October 1992 establishing the Community Customs Code and to Commission Regulation (EEC) No 2453/93 of 2 July 1993 setting up, inter alia, the European Community's non-preferential rules of origin system,

–  having regard to Council Regulation (EEC) No 918/83 of 28 March 1983 setting up a Community system of relief from customs duty,

–  having regard to the Commission Communication on 'the future of the textiles and clothing sector in the enlarged European Union' (COM(2003) 649),

–  having regard to Rule 108(5) of its Rules of Procedure,

A.  whereas, at present, the European Union does not have harmonized provisions or uniform practices on origin marking in the EU, except for some specific cases in the agricultural sector; whereas disparities between the regulations in force in Member States as well as the absence of clear Community rules in this area result in a fragmentary legal framework,

B.  whereas the results of the European Commission’s general stakeholder consultation (industry, importers, consumer associations, trade unions) on the possible development of an EU regulation on origin marking indicate that European consumers’ perception of the relevance of origin marking for their information in relation to safety, social and environmental concerns is generally high,

C.  whereas national measures imposing compulsory origin marking on goods imported from other Member States are prohibited (as measures having equivalent effect, inconsistent with Article 28 of the EC Treaty and not justifiable on consumer protection grounds) as a result of a ruling by the European Court of Justice (Case 207/83), while there is no such limitation on compulsory origin marking on goods imported from third countries,

D.  whereas, in the Lisbon Agenda, the EU set itself the objective of strengthening the European economy by, inter alia, improving the competitiveness of European industry in the world economy; whereas, for certain categories of consumer goods, competitiveness may lie in the fact that their production in the EU is associated with a reputation of quality and high production standards,

E.  whereas an origin marking scheme would allow European consumers to be fully aware of the country of origin of the products they purchase; whereas consumers would thus be able to identify those products with the social, environmental and safety standards generally associated with that country,

F.  whereas the proposal introducing a mandatory country of origin marking system in the EU is restricted to a limited number of imported products such as textiles, jewellery, apparel, footwear, leather, lamps and light fittings, glassware, and handbags, for which the 'made in' requirement provides essential and valuable information for final consumers’ choice,

G.  whereas a number of the EU's major trading partners, such as the United States, China, Japan and Canada, have enacted mandatory origin marking requirements; whereas EU exporters are therefore asked to comply with those requirements and have to mark the origin of their products if they intend to export to those markets,

H.  whereas the proposed regulation is crucial to ensuring that a level playing field is restored with such trade partners; whereas products originating in the EU are currently in a position of disadvantage compared to those entering the EU which are not subject to comparable marking obligations,

I.  whereas increased consumer awareness, resulting in the greater attractiveness of European products, could act as an incentive for domestic and foreign investors in the EU; whereas this would particularly benefit SMEs and sectors exposed to global competition which are being called on to enhance their competitiveness to better face changed market conditions,

J.  whereas, albeit not decisively, the 'made in' requirement would contribute to reducing counterfeiting and unfair competition; whereas the effectiveness of Regulation (EC) No 1383/2003 (on 'anti-counterfeiting') would effectively be enhanced by the mandatory origin marking of imported products,

K.  whereas the https://intracomm.cec.eu.int/home/dgserv/sg/manupro/docs/framework_EP_en.pdf which came into force on 26 May 2005 and is intended to strengthen constructive dialogue and political cooperation between the two institutions, as well as to improve the flow of information between them, obliges the Commission to keep Parliament fully and promptly informed on its legislative proposals,

1.  Welcomes the proposal for a Council Regulation (2005/0254 (ACC)) introducing compulsory indication of the country of origin of certain products imported from third countries into the European Union ('origin marking');

2.  Deplores the fact that, despite the Commission and the Council being fully aware of the importance that Parliament attaches to origin marking, the Commission did not even send the proposal for a regulation to Parliament for information; understands that this proposal is based on Article 133 of the Treaty and, as such, does not legally require the consultation of the Parliament; insists, however, that the European Parliament should always be given the opportunity to express its views on any relevant initiative undertaken by other Community institutions in a timely manner;

3.  Recalls the Commission's obligation to ensure the involvement of Parliament, in accordance with the Interinstitutional https://intracomm.cec.eu.int/home/dgserv/sg/manupro/docs/framework_EP_en.pdf of 26 May 2005, in such a way as to take Parliament's views into account as far as possible;

4.  Calls on the Commission and the Council to inform Parliament without delay on the results of any further impact assessment and legal analysis carried out in particular with respect to the alleged inconsistencies of the proposed regulation with existing Community legislation and WTO rules;

5.  Calls on the Commission and the Council to place special emphasis on promoting the image of European industry inside and outside the Community, safeguarding its identity and specificity, and ensuring that the good overall reputation of Community industry is not tarnished by inaccurate or misleading indications of origin;

6.  Stresses that trade liberalisation principles may gain more public support only if they are applied transparently and consistently, in compliance with the principle of the rule of law, both within and outside the European Community;

7.  Calls on the Commission and the Council to take all necessary steps to ensure a level playing field with trading partners having implemented origin marking requirements;

8.  Calls on the Commission and the Council to set up proper customs surveillance and enforcement mechanisms;

9.  Urges Member States to maintain a consistent Community approach to this issue which would enable European consumers to receive more complete and accurate information and would promote in addition the image and attractiveness of high-value European industrial products with little or no added costs for importers;

10.  Encourages the Commission to intervene strongly, together with the Member States, to defend consumers' legitimate rights and expectations whenever there is evidence of deceptive behaviour and/or use of fraudulent or misleading origin markings by foreign producers and importers;

11.  Welcomes the exclusion of goods originating in Bulgaria, Romania, Turkey and the Contracting Parties of the European Economic Area, from the scope of the proposed Regulation, provided that the exclusion of these countries does not result in any circumvention of the origin marking rules;

12.  Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Commission and the Council.

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