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Procedure : 2009/0164(COD)
Document stages in plenary
Document selected : A7-0271/2011

Texts tabled :

A7-0271/2011

Debates :

PV 26/10/2011 - 16
CRE 26/10/2011 - 16

Votes :

PV 27/10/2011 - 8.3
Explanations of votes

Texts adopted :

P7_TA(2011)0469

Texts adopted
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Thursday, 27 October 2011 - Strasbourg Final edition
Qualification and status of third country nationals or stateless persons as beneficiaries of international protection ***I
P7_TA(2011)0469A7-0271/2011
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European Parliament legislative resolution of 27 October 2011 on the proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on minimum standards for the qualification and status of third country nationals or stateless persons as beneficiaries of international protection and the content of the protection granted (recast) (COM(2009)0551 – C7-0250/2009 – 2009/0164(COD))

(Ordinary legislative procedure – recast)

The European Parliament ,

–  having regard to the Commission proposal to Parliament and the Council (COM(2009)0551),

–  having regard to Article 251(2) and Article 63(1), points 1(c), 2(a) and 3(a) of the EC Treaty, pursuant to which the Commission submitted the proposal to Parliament (C7-0250/2009),

–  having regard to the Commission Communication to Parliament and the Council entitled ‘Consequences of the entry into force of the Treaty of Lisbon for ongoing interinstitutional decision-making procedures’ (COM(2009)0665),

–  having regard to Article 294(3) and Article 78(2)(a) and (b) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

–  having regard to the opinion of the European Economic and Social Committee of 28 April 2010(1) ,

–  having regard to the undertaking given by the Council representative by letter of 7 July 2011 to approve Parliament's position, in accordance with Article 294(4) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

–  having regard to the Interinstitutional Agreement of 28 November 2001 on a more structured use of the recasting technique for legal acts(2) ,

–  having regard to the letter of 2 February 2010 from the Committee on Legal Affairs to the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs in accordance with Rule 87(3) of its Rules of Procedure,

–  having regard to Rules 87 and 55 of its Rules of Procedure,

–  having regard to the report of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (A7-0271/2011),

A.  whereas, according to the Consultative Working Party of the legal services of the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission, the proposal in question does not include any substantive amendments other than those identified as such in the proposal and whereas, as regards the codification of the unchanged provisions of the earlier acts together with those amendments, the proposal contains a straightforward codification of the existing texts, without any change in their substance,

1.  Adopts its position at first reading hereinafter set out, taking into account the recommendations of the Consultative Working Party of the legal services of the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission;

2.  Endorses the Joint Political Declaration of the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission on explanatory documents annexed to this resolution;

3.  Takes note of the Joint Political Declaration of Member States and the Commission on explanatory documents annexed to this resolution;

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

(1) OJ C 18, 19.1.2011, p. 80.
(2) OJ C 77, 28.3.2002, p. 1.


Position of the European Parliament adopted at first reading on 27 October 2011 with a view to the adoption of Directive 2011/.../EU of the European Parliament and of the Council on standards for the qualification of third-country nationals or stateless persons as beneficiaries of international protection, for a uniform status for refugees or for persons eligible for subsidiary protection, and for the content of the protection granted (recast)
P7_TC1-COD(2009)0164

(As an agreement was reached between Parliament and Council, Parliament's position corresponds to the final legislative act, Directive 2011/95/EU.)


ANNEX

Joint Political Declaration of the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission on explanatory documents

The institutions acknowledge that the information Member States supply to the Commission as regards the transposition of directives in national law ‘must be clear and precise(1) , in order to facilitate the achievement by the Commission of its task of overseeing the application of Union law.

Against this background, the European Parliament and the Council welcome the Joint Political Declaration of Member States and the Commission on explanatory documents.

Consequently, where the need for, and the proportionality of, the transmission of such documents is justified in accordance with the Joint Political Declaration of Member States and the Commission on explanatory documents, the Institutions agree to include the following recital in the directive concerned:"

In accordance with the Joint Political Declaration of Member States and the Commission on explanatory documents of [date], Member States have undertaken to accompany, in justified cases, the notification of their transposition measures with one or more documents explaining the relationship between the components of a directive and the corresponding parts of national transposition instruments. With regard to this Directive, the legislator considers the transmission of such documents to be justified.

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By 1 November 2013, the Commission will report to the European Parliament and to the Council on the implementation of the two Joint Political Declarations on explanatory documents.

The Institutions undertake to apply these principles as from 1 November 2011 to new and pending directive proposals, with the exception of those on which the European Parliament and the Council have already reached an agreement.

Joint Political Declaration of Member States and the Commission on explanatory documents

Pursuant to Article 288 TFEU, 'A directive shall be binding, as to the result to be achieved, upon each Member State to which it is addressed, but shall leave to the national authorities the choice of form and methods‘ .

Member States and the Commission recognise that the effective implementation of Union law is a prerequisite for achieving the policy objectives of the Union and that, whilst the responsibility for such implementation lies primarily with Member States, it is a matter of common interest since it aims, inter alia , to create a level playing field in all Member States.

Member States and the Commission acknowledge that the correct and timely transposition of Union directives is a legal obligation. They note that the Treaties entrust the Commission with the task of overseeing the application of Union law under the supervision of the Court of Justice and share the common understanding that the notification of transposition measures should facilitate the achievement by the Commission of this task.

In this context, Member States acknowledge that the information they supply to the Commission as regards the transposition of directives in national law ‘must be clear and precise ’ and ‘must indicate unequivocally the laws, regulations and administrative provisions ’, or any other provisions of national law, as well as, where relevant, the jurisprudence of national courts, by means of which the Member States consider that they have satisfied the various requirements imposed on them by the directive(2) .

In order to improve the quality of information on the transposition of Union directives, where the Commission considers that documents explaining the relationship between the components of a directive and the corresponding parts of national transposition instruments are required, it shall justify on a case by case basis, when submitting the relevant proposals, the need for, and the proportionality of, providing such documents, taking into account, in particular and respectively, the complexity of the directive and of its transposition, as well as the possible additional administrative burden.

In justified cases, Member States undertake to accompany the notification of transposition measures with one or more explanatory documents, which can take the form of correlation tables or other documents serving the same purpose.

(1) See Judgment of the Court of Justice of 16 July 2009 in case C–427/07, point 107 and the case-law cited therein.
(2) See Judgment of the Court of Justice of 16 July 2009 in case C–427/07, point 107 and the case-law cited therein.

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