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PE 489.351v02-00 A7-0209/2012

on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Council Regulations (EC) No 2008/97, (EC) No 779/98 and (EC) No 1506/98 in the field of imports of olive oil and other agricultural products from Turkey as regards the delegated and implementing powers to be conferred on the Commission

(COM(2011)0918 – C7-0005/2012 – 2011/0453(COD))

Committee on International Trade

Rapporteur: Vital Moreira

AMENDMENTS
DRAFT EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION
 EXPLANATORY STATEMENT
 PROCEDURE

DRAFT EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION

on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Council Regulations (EC) No 2008/97, (EC) No 779/98 and (EC) No 1506/98 in the field of imports of olive oil and other agricultural products from Turkey as regards the delegated and implementing powers to be conferred on the Commission

(COM(2011)0918 C7-0005/2012 2011/0453(COD))

(Ordinary legislative procedure: first reading)

The European Parliament,

–   having regard to the Commission proposal to Parliament and the Council (COM(2011)0918),

–   having regard to Article 294(2) and Article 207 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, pursuant to which the Commission submitted the proposal to Parliament (C7-0005/2012),

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

–   having regard to Rule 55 of its Rules of Procedure,

–   having regard to the report of the Committee on International Trade (A7-0209/2012),

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 5

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

5. In order to supplement or amend certain non-essential elements of Regulation (EC) No 2008/97, the power to adopt acts in accordance with Article 290 of the Treaty should be delegated to the Commission in respect of the adoption of the resulting adjustments necessary for that Regulation where the present conditions of the special arrangements provided for in the Association Agreement are amended, in particular as regards the amounts, or where a new agreement is concluded. It is of particular importance that the Commission carry out appropriate consultations during its preparatory work, including at expert level. The Commission, when preparing and drawing-up delegated acts, should ensure a simultaneous, timely and appropriate transmission of relevant documents to the European Parliament and Council.

5. In order to supplement or amend certain non-essential elements of Regulation (EC) No 2008/97, the power to adopt acts in accordance with Article 290 of the Treaty should be delegated to the Commission in respect of the adoption of the resulting adjustments necessary for that Regulation where the present conditions of the special arrangements provided for in the Association Agreement are amended, in particular as regards the amounts, or where a new agreement is concluded. It is of particular importance that the Commission carry out appropriate consultations during its preparatory work, including at expert level. The Commission, when preparing and drawing-up delegated acts, should ensure a simultaneous, timely and appropriate transmission of relevant documents to the European Parliament and Council. The Commission should provide full information and documentation on its meetings with national experts within the framework of its work on the preparation and implementation of delegated acts. In this respect, the Commission should ensure that the European Parliament is duly involved, drawing on best practices from previous experience in other policy areas in order to create the best possible conditions for future scrutiny of delegated acts by the European Parliament.

Justification

In line with the Trade Omnibus I and II, the rapporteur proposes emphasizing the need for the European Parliament to be duly involved in preparation and implementation of delegated acts. This will facilitate the scrutiny of delegated acts and will ensure an efficient exercise of the delegation of power by avoiding objections from the European Parliament.

Amendment  2

Proposal for a regulation

Article 1 – point -1 (new)

Regulation (EC) No 2008/97

Recital 5 a (new)

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

-1. The following recital is inserted:

 

"Whereas, in order to ensure uniform conditions for the adoption of certain measures for the implementation of this Regulation, implementing powers should be conferred on the Commission. Those powers should be exercised in accordance with 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."

Justification

The Commission proposal did not address the recitals of the amended Regulations. The Rapporteur is of the view that it is necessary to amend the recitals of the basic acts in order to explain the use of implementing acts.

Amendment 3

Proposal for a regulation

Article 1 – point -1 a (new)

Regulation (EC) No 2008/97

Recital 6

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

-1a. Recital 6 is replaced by the following:

 

"Whereas in order to supplement or amend certain non-essential elements of this Regulation, the power to adopt acts in accordance with Article 290 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union should be delegated to the Commission in respect of the adoption of the resulting adjustments necessary for this Regulation where the present conditions of the special arrangements provided for in the Association Agreement are amended, in particular as regards the amounts, or where a new agreement is concluded. It is of particular importance that the Commission carry out appropriate consultations during its preparatory work, including at expert level. The Commission, when preparing and drawing up delegated acts, should ensure a simultaneous, timely and appropriate transmission of relevant documents to the European Parliament and to the Council. The Commission should provide full information and documentation on its meetings with national experts within the framework of its work on the preparation and implementation of delegated acts. In this respect, the Commission should ensure that the European Parliament is duly involved, drawing on best practices from previous experience in other policy areas in order to create the best possible conditions for future scrutiny of delegated acts by the European Parliament."

Justification

The Commission proposal did not address the recitals of the amended Regulations. The Rapporteur is of the view that it is necessary to amend the recitals of the basic acts in order to explain the use of delegated acts and to precisely define the objective, content and scope of the delegation.

Amendment  4

Proposal for a regulation

Article 1 – point 1

Regulation (EC) No 2008/97

Article 7

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

The Commission shall, by means of implementing acts, adopt measures necessary to implement the rules for the application of the special import arrangements laid down in this Regulation. Those implementing acts shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article [323(2)] of Regulation (EU) No [xxxx/yyyy] of the European Parliament and of the Council [aligned Single CMO Regulation]*.

The Commission shall, by means of implementing acts, adopt measures necessary to implement the rules for the application of the special import arrangements laid down in this Regulation. Those implementing acts shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 7a(2).

Justification

The COM proposal refers in case of all three Regulations to the committee procedure provided for the future aligned Regulation establishing a Common organisation of the markets in agricultural products. The rapporteur proposes deleting such references and inserting a provision on Committee procedure into each of the amended Regulations. This way, the modified application of the written procedure, brought about by the Trade Omnibuses, can be assured. Moreover, such change would assure the future involvement of the INTA Committee in the exercise of the Right of Scrutiny.

Amendment 5

Proposal for a regulation

Article 1 – point 1

Regulation (EC) No 2008/97

Article 7 a (new)

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

1. The following article is inserted:

 

"Article 7a

 

Committee procedure

 

1. The Commission shall be assisted by the .......Committee established by Article [xx] of Regulation (EU) No [xxxx/yyyy] of the European Parliament and of the Council of ..... .......... [aligned Single CMO Regulation]*. That Committee shall be a committee within the meaning of Regulation (EU) No 182/2011**.

 

2. Where reference is made to this paragraph, Article 5 of Regulation (EU) No 182/2011 shall apply.

 

3. Where the opinion of the committee is to be obtained by written procedure, that procedure shall be terminated without result when, within the time-limit for delivery of the opinion, the chair of the committee so decides or a majority of committee members so request.

 

_____________

 

* OJ L........,......, p....

 

** OJ L 55, 28.2.2011, p. 13."

Justification

Pursuant to Regulation (EU) No 182/2011 the chair of an advisory or examination committee can order a written procedure in simple cases. The Regulation lays down that, except if otherwise provided, the written procedure may not be applied if a Member State objects. In line with the Trade Omnibus I and II reports, the rapporteur proposes that the written procedure is to be terminated without result only if a qualified majority of Member States calls for this. It is important to encourage the use of the written procedure, which is significantly less costly and more efficient.

Amendment  6

Proposal for a regulation

Article 1 – point 2

Regulation (EC) No 2008/97

Article 8a - paragraph 2

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2. The delegation of power referred to in Article 8 shall be conferred on the Commission for an indeterminate period of time from [insert date of entry into force of this amending Regulation].

2. The delegation of power referred to in Article 8 shall be conferred on the Commission for a period of five years from ...*. 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.

 

–––––––––––––––––

 

* OJ: Please insert the date of entry into force of this Regulation.

Justification

The rapporteur deems it appropriate to limit in time the conferral of powers on the Commission. Such limitation brings about more parliamentary control, obliging the Commission to draw up a report in respect of the delegation of power not later then nine months before the end of the established period. On the other hand, tacit extension of the delegation for a period of identical duration prevents overburdening of the legislators and facilitates the implementation of the Common commercial policy. This reflects the changes brought about by the two Trade Omnibuses.

Amendment 7

Proposal for a regulation

Article 1 – point 2

Regulation (EC) No 2008/97

Article 8a - paragraph 5

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

5. A delegated act adopted pursuant to Article 8 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 2 months at the initiative of the European Parliament or the Council.

5. A delegated act adopted pursuant to Article 8 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 four months at the initiative of the European Parliament or the Council.

Justification

Considering the dynamics of the Parliamentary work, internal procedures and deadlines, it is important to assure that the legislator is given sufficient time-frame to duly scrutinise a delegated act. This reflects the changes brought about by the two Trade Omnibuses.

Amendment  8

Proposal for a regulation

Article 2 – point -1 (new)

Regulation (EC) No 779/98

Recital 4 a (new)

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

-1. The following recital is inserted:

 

"Whereas, in order to ensure uniform conditions for the adoption of certain measures for the implementation of this Regulation, implementing powers should be conferred on the Commission. Those powers should be exercised in accordance with 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 9

Proposal for a regulation

Article 2 – point 1

Regulation (EC) No 779/98

Article 1

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

The Commission shall, by means of implementing acts, adopt rules necessary for the application of the import regime for products listed in Annex I to the Treaty on the Functioning on the European Union which originate in Turkey and which are imported into the Union under the conditions laid down in Decision No 1/98 of the EC-Turkey Association Council. Those implementing acts shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article [323(2)] of Regulation (EU) No [xxxx/yyyy] of the European Parliament and of the Council [aligned Single CMO Regulation]*.

The Commission shall, by means of implementing acts, adopt rules necessary for the application of the import regime for products listed in Annex I to the Treaty on the Functioning on the European Union which originate in Turkey and which are imported into the Union under the conditions laid down in Decision No 1/98 of the EC-Turkey Association Council. Those implementing acts shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 2a(2).

Amendment 10

Proposal for a regulation

Article 2 – point 1 a (new)

Regulation (EC) No 779/98

Article 2 a (new)

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

1a. The following article is inserted:

 

"Article 2a

 

Committee procedure

 

1. The Commission shall be assisted by the ....... Committee established by Article [xx] of Regulation (EU) No [xxxx/yyyy] of the European Parliament and of the Council of ..... .........[aligned Single CMO Regulation]*. That Committee shall be a committee within the meaning of Regulation (EU) No 182/2011**.

 

2. Where reference is made to this paragraph, Article 5 of Regulation (EU) No 182/2011 shall apply.

 

3. Where the opinion of the committee is to be obtained by written procedure, that procedure shall be terminated without result when, within the time-limit for delivery of the opinion, the chair of the committee so decides or a majority of committee members so request.

 

_____________

 

* OJ L …, …, p.

 

** OJ L 55, 28.2.2011, p. 13."

Amendment 11

Proposal for a regulation

Article 3 – point -1 (new)

Regulation (EC) No 1506/98

Recital 6 a (new)

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

-1. The following recital is inserted:

 

"Whereas, in order to ensure uniform conditions for the adoption of certain measures for the implementation of this Regulation, implementing powers should be conferred on the Commission. Those powers should be exercised in accordance with 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 12

Proposal for a regulation

Article 3 – point 1

Regulation (EC) No 1506/98

Article 3

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

The Commission shall, by means of an implementing act, confirm the termination of the suspension referred to in Article 2 once the barriers to the preferential exports from the Union to Turkey have been lifted. That implementing act shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article [323(2)] of Regulation (EU) No [xxxx/yyyy] of the European Parliament and of the Council [aligned Single CMO Regulation]*.

The Commission shall, by means of an implementing act, confirm the termination of the suspension referred to in Article 2 once the barriers to the preferential exports from the Union to Turkey have been lifted. That implementing act shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 3a(2).

Amendment 13

Proposal for a regulation

Article 3 – point 1 a (new)

Regulation (EC) No 1506/98

Article 3 a (new)

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

1a. The following article is inserted:

 

"Article 3a

 

Committee procedure

 

1. The Commission shall be assisted by the .......Committee established by Article [xx] of Regulation (EU) No [xxxx/yyyy] of the European Parliament and of the Council of ...... .........[aligned Single CMO Regulation]*. That Committee shall be a Committee within the meaning of Regulation (EU) No 182/2011**.

 

2. Where reference is made to this paragraph, Article 5 of Regulation (EU) No 182/2011 shall apply.

 

3. Where the opinion of the committee is to be obtained by written procedure, that procedure shall be terminated without result when, within the time-limit for delivery of the opinion, the chair of the committee so decides or a majority of committee members so request.

 

_______________

 

* OJ L …, …, p.

 

** OJ L 55, 28.2.2011, p. 13."


EXPLANATORY STATEMENT

The objective of the Commission proposal consists in aligning three Council Regulations in the field of imports of olive oil and other agricultural products from Turkey with the post-Lisbon regime of implementing acts and delegated acts (Art. 290 and 291 TFEU).

It is proposed to delegate the Commission the power to adopt acts in accordance with Article 290 of the Treaty in order to supplement or amend certain non-essential elements of Regulation (EC) No 2008/97, in particular as regards the amounts of duty reduction, or where a new agreement is concluded with Turkey.

Council Regulations (EC) No 2008/97 confers powers on the Commission allowing it to adopt measures necessary to implement the rules for the application of the special arrangements for imports of olive oil and other agricultural products originating in Turkey. It also confers powers on the Commission to adopt adjustments to this Regulation, should the detailed rules provided for in the relevant Association Agreement be amended.

Council Regulation (EC) No 779/98 of 7 April 1998 on the import into the Community of agricultural products originating in Turkey confers powers on the Commission allowing it to adopt implementing measures for the application of the import regime for products listed in Annex I to the Treaty which originate in Turkey and which are allowed for importation into the Union under the conditions laid down in Decision No 1/98 of the EC-Turkey Association Council.

Council Regulation (EC) No 1506/98 of 13 July 1998 establishing a concession in the form of a Community tariff quota for Turkey in 1998 in respect of hazelnuts and suspending certain concessions confers powers on the Commission allowing it to repeal the measures referred to in Article 2 of that Regulation, once the barriers to preferential exports from the Union to Turkey have been lifted.

A bulk of legislation in the field of the Common Commercial Policy is currently being aligned to Articles 290 and 291 TFEU by means of two Trade Omnibuses, i.e. Trade Omnibus I -Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending certain regulations relating to the common commercial policy as regards the procedures for the adoption of certain measures (COD 2011/0039) and Trade Omnibus II - Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending certain regulations relating to the common commercial policy as regards the granting of delegated powers for the adoption of certain measures (COD 2011/0153). Both dossiers are ongoing and will be subject to negotiations between the two co-legislators.

For the sake of consistency of the trade legislation, the rapporteur proposes amendments to the Commission proposal which reflect the changes brought about by two Trade Omnibuses, namely with respect to the:

· insertion of new recitals on implementing acts/delegated acts into the basic legal acts;

· involvement of the European Parliament during the preparation of delegated acts;

· limitation of the conferral of the delegated powers on the Commission to the period of 5 years, tacitly extendable by a period of identical duration;

· extension of possible prolongation of the period for objection to a draft delegated act from 2 to 4 months, thereby extending the period of scrutiny from 4 months (2+2) to 6 months (2+4);

· changing the modalities of the application of the written procedure whereby such procedure shall be terminated without result only if the majority of the Member States so request (contrary to the usual practice where objection of 1 Member State suffices).

The Commission proposal refers in case of all three Regulations to the committee procedure provided for the future aligned Regulation establishing a Common organisation of the markets in agricultural products (Single CMO Regulation). The rapporteur proposes deleting such references and inserting a provision on Committee procedure into each of the amended Regulations. This way, the modified application of the written procedure, brought about by the Trade Omnibuses, can be assured.

Moreover, the three amended Regulations and not the Single CMO Regulation will become basic acts for the future implementing acts. Consequently the Right of Scrutiny concerning such implementing acts will stay with the Committee on International Trade and not the Committee on Agriculture. The rapporteur is strongly convinced that this is the correct way of following-up the implementation of legislation in the field of the Common Commercial Policy, having Article 207 TFEU as the legal basis.


PROCEDURE

Title

Amendment of Council Regulations (EC) No 2008/97, (EC) No 779/98 and (EC) No 1506/98 in the field of imports of olive oil and other agricultural products from Turkey as regards the delegated and implementing powers to be conferred on the Commission

References

COM(2011)0918 – C7-0005/2012 – 2011/0453(COD)

Date submitted to Parliament

21.12.2011

 

 

 

Committee responsible

       Date announced in plenary

INTA

17.1.2012

 

 

 

Committee(s) asked for opinion(s)

       Date announced in plenary

AGRI

17.1.2012

 

 

 

Not delivering opinions

       Date of decision

AGRI

12.1.2012

 

 

 

Rapporteur(s)

       Date appointed

Vital Moreira

25.1.2012

 

 

 

Discussed in committee

29.5.2012

 

 

 

Date adopted

21.6.2012

 

 

 

Result of final vote

+:

–:

0:

26

0

1

Members present for the final vote

William (The Earl of) Dartmouth, Laima Liucija Andrikienė, John Attard-Montalto, Maria Badia i Cutchet, Daniel Caspary, María Auxiliadora Correa Zamora, Marielle de Sarnez, Yannick Jadot, Metin Kazak, Franziska Keller, Bernd Lange, David Martin, Paul Murphy, Cristiana Muscardini, Franck Proust, Godelieve Quisthoudt-Rowohl, Niccolò Rinaldi, Helmut Scholz, Peter Šťastný, Gianluca Susta, Iuliu Winkler, Paweł Zalewski

Substitute(s) present for the final vote

Amelia Andersdotter, George Sabin Cutaş, Albert Deß, Salvatore Iacolino, Syed Kamall, Maria Eleni Koppa, Elisabeth Köstinger, Marietje Schaake, Konrad Szymański

Substitute(s) under Rule 187(2) present for the final vote

Françoise Castex, Marielle Gallo

Date tabled

25.6.2012

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