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A6-0285/2005

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P6_TA(2005)0435

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PE 353.579v02-00 A6-0285/2005

on the proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Council Directive 67/548/EEC in order to adapt it to Regulation (EC) of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the registration, evaluation, authorisation and restriction of chemicals

(COM(2003)0644 – C5-0531/2003 – 2003/0257(COD))

Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety

Rapporteur: Guido Sacconi

Draftspersons (*):

Lena Ek, Committee on Industry, Research and Energy

Hartmut Nassauer, Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection

(*) Enhanced cooperation between committees - Rule 47 of the Rules of Procedure

AMENDMENTS
DRAFT EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION
 EXPLANATORY STATEMENT
 OPINION of the Committee on Legal Affairs
 PROCEDURE

DRAFT EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION

on the proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Council Directive 67/548/EEC in order to adapt it to Regulation (EC) of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the registration, evaluation, authorisation and restriction of chemicals

(COM(2003)0644 – C5-0531/2003 – 2003/0257(COD))

(Codecision procedure: first reading)

The European Parliament,

–   having regard to the Commission proposal to the European Parliament and the Council (COM(2003)0644)(1),

–   having regard to Articles 251(2) and Article 95 of the EC Treaty, pursuant to which the Commission submitted the proposal to Parliament (C6-0531/2003),

–   having regard to Rule 51 of its Rules of Procedure,

–   having regard to the report of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety and the opinion of the Committee on Legal Affairs (A6-0285/2005),

1.  Approves the Commission proposal as amended;

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

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

Text proposed by the Commission  Amendments by Parliament

Amendment 1

ARTICLE 1, POINT 1

Article 1, paragraph 1 (Directive 67/548/EEC)

(1) In Article 1, paragraph 1, points (a), (b) and (c) are deleted;

(1) In Article 1, paragraph 1 is replaced by the following:

“1. The purpose of this Directive is to approximate the laws, regulations and administrative provisions of the Member States on the classification, packaging and labelling of substances dangerous to man and the environment, and of articles containing such substances, where such substances or articles are placed on the market in the Member States.”

Justification

Extends the scope of the directive to include articles that contain dangerous substances.

Amendment 2

ARTICLE 1, POINT 6

Article 23 (Directive 67/548/EEC)

(6) In Article 23, paragraph 2, the following point (g) is added:

 

“(g) the registration number, when available.”

(6) Article 23 is amended as follows:

(a) in paragraph 2, the following point (g) is added:

“(g) the registration number, when available.”

(b) the following paragraph 5 is added:

“5. In the case of articles containing substances authorised under Article 57 of Regulation (EC) No of the European Parliament and of the Council [REACH]*, the label shall include a warning symbol. That symbol shall be defined by the Commission by …** in accordance with the procedure referred to in Article 29, and shall be included in the list contained in Annex II.

* OJ L …

** Two years after the date of entry into force of this amending Directive."

Justification

Introduces the requirement to affix an appropriate label on articles that contain dangerous chemical substances to make these safer for use by consumers.

Amendment 3

ARTICLE 3

This Directive shall enter into force on the twentieth day following its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

This Directive shall enter into force on the twentieth day following its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union. Its provisions shall apply from ...*.

______

* 18 months after the date of entry into force of this Directive.

Justification

This is necessary to avoid a gap for new substances as the current regime will have to be applied until the obligation to register under REACH has to be applied.

(1)

Not yet published in OJ.


EXPLANATORY STATEMENT

The Commission proposal aims to amend Directive 67/548/EEC relating to the classification, packaging and labelling of dangerous substances in order to adapt it to the new provisions concerning chemicals that will be adopted under the REACH Regulation, which is the subject of a separate Commission proposal (COM(2003) 644 - C5-0530/2003 - 2003/0256(COD)), submitted in parallel to this one.

In particular, the REACH Regulation will introduce for new chemicals the same registration obligations to which existing chemicals are subject. It is therefore necessary to repeal the corresponding rules laid down in Directive 67/548/EEC as well as the provisions on the obligations relating to information and the test methods to be used, which will be governed by the provisions of the REACH Regulation. Rules on the classification, packaging and labelling of dangerous substances are not, on the other hand, currently included in the REACH system and the relevant parts of Directive 67/548/EEC will therefore continue to be applicable.

Your rapporteur has confined himself to making few amendments to the proposal relating to Directive 67/548/EEC. These relate, in particular, to the introduction of a specific symbol on labels for articles containing chemical substances authorised under the REACH Regulation.


OPINION of the Committee on Legal Affairs (15.9.2005)

for the Committee on the Environment

on the proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Council Directive 67/548/EEC in order to adapt it to Regulation (EC) of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the registration, evaluation, authorisation and restriction of chemicals

(COM(2003)0644 – C6‑0531/2003 – 2003/0257(COD))

Draftsman: Kurt Lechner

SHORT JUSTIFICATION

The purpose of the Commission proposal is to adapt Council Directive 67/548/EEC on the classification, packaging and labelling of dangerous substances to Regulation (EC) of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the registration, evaluation, authorisation and restriction of chemicals (REACH).

The committee welcomes these adaptations, which are necessary to ensure uniform procedures for the registration of substances which are already on the Community market in connection with REACH.

PROCEDURE

Title

Proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Council Directive 67/548/EEC in order to adapt it to Regulation (EC) of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the registration, evaluation, authorisation and restriction of chemicals

References

COM(2003)0644 – C6‑0531/2003 – 2003/0257(COD)

Committee responsible

ENVI

Committee asked for its opinion
  Date announced in plenary

JURI
16.9.2004

Enhanced cooperation

No

Draftsman
  Date appointed

Kurt Lechner
7.10.2004

Discussed in committee

30.11.2004

23.5.2005

 

 

 

Date amendments adopted

15.9.2005

Result of final vote

for:

against:

abstentions:

14

8

0

Members present for the final vote

Maria Berger, Marek Aleksander Czarnecki, Bert Doorn, Monica Frassoni, Giuseppe Gargani, Kurt Lechner, Klaus-Heiner Lehne, Antonio López-Istúriz White, Antonio Masip Hidalgo, Hans-Peter Mayer, Aloyzas Sakalas, Andrzej Jan Szejna, Nicola Zingaretti, Jaroslav Zvěřina, Tadeusz Zwiefka

Substitutes present for the final vote

Nicole Fontaine, Janelly Fourtou, Adeline Hazan, Eva Lichtenberger, Toine Manders, Manuel Medina Ortega, Alexander Radwan

Substitutes under Rule 178(2) present for the final vote

 


PROCEDURE

Title

Proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Council directive 67/548/EEC in order to adapt it to Regulation (EC) of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the registration, evaluation, authorisation and restriction of chemicals

References

COM(2003)0644 – C5-0531/2003 – 2003/0257(COD)

Legal basis

Articles 251(2) and 95 EC

Basis in Rules of Procedure

Rule 51

Date submitted to Parliament

31.10.2003

Committee responsible
  Date announced in plenary

ENVI
16.9.2004

Committee(s) asked for opinion(s)
  Date announced in plenary

IMCO
16.9.2004

ITRE
16.9.2004

PETI
9.6.2005

FEMM
16.9.2004

JURI
16.9.2004

EMPL
16.9.2004

ECON
16.9.2004

BUDG
16.9.2004

INTA
16.9.2004

 

Not delivering opinion(s)
  Date of decision

IMCO
28.7.2004

ITRE
20.4.2005

PETI
13.9.2005

FEMM
26.4.2005

 

EMPL
28.7.2004

ECON
8.7.2004

BUDG
31.1.2005

INTA
26.9.2004

 

Enhanced cooperation
  Date announced in plenary

IMCO
16.9.2004

ITRE
16.9.2004

 

 

 

Rapporteur(s)
  Date appointed

Guido Sacconi
27.7.2004

 

Previous rapporteur(s)

 

 

Simplified procedure
  Date of decision

 

Legal basis disputed
  Date of JURI opinion

 

 

 

Financial endowment amended
  Date of BUDG opinion

 

 

 

European Economic and Social Committee consulted
  Date of decision in plenary

 

Committee of the Regions consulted
  Date of decision in plenary

 

Discussed in committee

30.11.2004

19.1.2005

3.2.2005

14.3.2005

20.6.2005

14.9.2005

Date adopted

4.10.2005

Result of final vote

for:

against:

abstentions:

62

0

0

Members present for the final vote

Georgs Andrejevs, Liam Aylward, Irena Belohorská, Johannes Blokland, John Bowis, Frederika Brepoels, Dorette Corbey, Chris Davies, Avril Doyle, Mojca Drčar Murko, Edite Estrela, Jillian Evans, Anne Ferreira, Alessandro Foglietta, Françoise Grossetête, Cristina Gutiérrez-Cortines, Satu Hassi, Gyula Hegyi, Mary Honeyball, Marie Anne Isler Béguin, Caroline Jackson, Dan Jørgensen, Eija-Riitta Korhola, Holger Krahmer, Urszula Krupa, Aldis Kušķis, Marie-Noëlle Lienemann, Peter Liese, Jules Maaten, Linda McAvan, Roberto Musacchio, Riitta Myller, Péter Olajos, Dimitrios Papadimoulis, Vittorio Prodi, Frédérique Ries, Guido Sacconi, Karin Scheele, Carl Schlyter, Horst Schnellhardt, Richard Seeber, Kathy Sinnott, Jonas Sjöstedt, Bogusław Sonik, María Sornosa Martínez, Antonios Trakatellis, Evangelia Tzampazi, Thomas Ulmer, Marcello Vernola, Anja Weisgerber, Åsa Westlund, Anders Wijkman

Substitutes present for the final vote

María del Pilar Ayuso González, Giovanni Berlinguer, David Casa, Umberto Guidoni, Jutta D. Haug, Caroline Lucas, Miroslav Mikolášik, Ria Oomen-Ruijten, Andres Tarand

Substitutes under Rule 178(2) present for the final vote

Anders Samuelsen

Date tabled – A6

7.10.2005

A6-0285/2005

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