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A7-0457/2013

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P7_TA(2014)0030
P7_TA(2014)0387

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PE 521.716v03-00 A7-0457/2013

on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EC) No 638/2004 on Community statistics relating to trading of goods between Member States as regards conferring of delegated and implementing powers upon the Commission for the adoption of certain measures, the communication of information by the customs administration, the exchange of confidential data between Member States and the definition of statistical value

(COM(2013)0578 – C7-0242/2013 – 2013/0278(COD))

Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs

Rapporteur: Hans-Peter Martin

DRAFT EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION
 PROCEDURE

DRAFT EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION

on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EC) No 638/2004 on Community statistics relating to trading of goods between Member States as regards conferring of delegated and implementing powers upon the Commission for the adoption of certain measures, the communication of information by the customs administration, the exchange of confidential data between Member States and the definition of statistical value

(COM(2013)0578 – C7-0242/2013 – 2013/0278(COD))

(Ordinary legislative procedure: first reading)

The European Parliament,

–   having regard to the Commission proposal to Parliament and the Council (COM(2013)0578),

–   having regard to Article 294(2) and Article 338(1) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, pursuant to which the Commission submitted the proposal to Parliament (C7-0242/2013),

–   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 Economic and Monetary Affairs (A7-0457/2013),

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 6

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(6) It is of particular importance that the Commission carries out the appropriate consultations during its preparatory work, including at expert level. When preparing and drawing up delegated acts, the Commission should ensure the simultaneous, timely and appropriate transmission of relevant documents to the European Parliament and the Council.

(6) It is of particular importance that the Commission carries out the appropriate consultations during its preparatory work, including at the most efficient expert level after informing the Member States who is to be consulted and on what basis the respect of impartiality is to be ensured and possible conflicts of interest are to be avoided. When preparing and drawing up delegated acts, the Commission should ensure the simultaneous, timely and appropriate transmission of relevant documents to the European Parliament and the Council.

Amendment  2

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 7

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(7) The Commission should ensure that these delegated acts do not impose a significant additional administrative burden on the Member States and on the respondent units.

(7) The Commission should ensure that these delegated acts do not impose a significant additional cost or administrative burden on the Member States and on the respondent units and that they remain as economical as possible.

Amendment  3

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 8

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(8) In order to ensure uniform conditions for the implementation of Regulation (EC) No 638/2004, implementing powers should be conferred on the Commission enabling it to adopt the arrangements for collecting information, particularly concerning the codes to be used, technical provisions for compiling annual statistics on trade by business characteristics and any measures necessary to ensure that the quality of the statistics transmitted is according to the quality criteria. These powers should be exercised in accordance with Regulation (EU) No 182/2011.

(8) In order to ensure uniform conditions for the implementation of Regulation (EC) No 638/2004, implementing powers should be conferred on the Commission enabling it to adopt the arrangements for collecting information, particularly concerning the codes to be used, technical provisions for compiling annual statistics on trade by business characteristics and any measures necessary to ensure that the quality of the statistics transmitted free of charge is according to the quality criteria. These powers should be exercised in accordance with Regulation (EU) No 182/2011.

Amendment  4

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 10

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(10) Under the strategy for a new European Statistical System (hereinafter referred to as ‘ESS’) structure intended to improve coordination and partnership in a clear pyramid structure within the ESS, the European Statistical System Committee (hereinafter referred to as ‘ESSC’), established by Regulation (EC) No 223/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 March 2009 on European statistics9 , should have an advisory role and assist the Commission in exercising its implementing powers.

(10) Under the strategy for a new European Statistical System (hereinafter referred to as ‘ESS’) structure intended to improve coordination and partnership in a clear pyramid structure within the ESS, the European Statistical System Committee (hereinafter referred to as ‘ESSC’), established by Regulation (EC) No 223/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 March 2009 on European statistics9 , should have an advisory role and assist the Commission in exercising its implementing powers. Improving coordination between national authorities and the Commission (Eurostat) is key to producing higher quality statistics in the Union.

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9 OJ L 87, 31.3.2009, p. 164.

9 OJ L 87, 31.3.2009, p. 164.

Amendment  5

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 11

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(11) Regulation (EC) No 638/2004 should be amended by replacing the reference to the Intrastat Committee with a reference to the ESSC.

(11) Regulation (EC) No 638/2004 should be amended by replacing the reference to the Intrastat Committee with a reference to the ESSC. The ESSC should have the same membership structure as that of the Intrastat Committee, namely one member from each Member State.

Amendment  6

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 12

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(12) Simplifications of customs clearance schemes have led to the non-availability, at customs level, of statistical information about goods under customs processing procedures. To assure coverage of the data, movements of those goods should be included in the Intrastat system.

(12) Simplifications of customs clearance schemes have led to the non-availability, at customs level, of statistical information about goods under customs processing procedures. To assure coverage of the data, movements of those goods should be included in the Intrastat system while any additional costs should be limited to the greates extent possible. Information should follow the principle of "single-flow reporting", thus in so far as the quality of the data can be guaranteed the data should only be collected by the exporting companies.

Amendment  7

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 13

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(13) The exchange of confidential data relating to intra-EU trade statistics should be allowed between Member States with a view to increasing the efficiency of the development, production and dissemination or to improving the quality of those statistics.

(13) The exchange of confidential data relating to intra-EU trade statistics should be allowed between Member States and should be free of charge if necessary to increase the efficiency of the development, production and dissemination or to improving the quality of those statistics. Such exchanges should be voluntary and should be possible for a transitional period following the entry into force of this Regulation. Such exchange of confidential data should, however, be treated carefully and should not in itself entail increased administrative burden on companies.

Amendment  8

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 14

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(14) The definition of statistical value should be clarified and aligned with the definition of this data element under the extra-EU trade statistics.

(14) The definition of statistical value should be clarified and aligned with the definition of this data element under the extra-EU trade statistics in order to enable better comparability between intra-EU and extraEU trade trade statistics. Uniform definitions are essential for the proper and frictionless functioning of cross-border trade and are especially important as a prerequisite for different national authorities to be able to make concordant interpretations of rules having an impact on the cross-border activities of businesses.

Amendment  9

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 15

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(15) In accordance with the principle of proportionality, it is necessary and appropriate to lay down rules on the communication of information by the customs administration, the exchange of confidential data between MS and the definition of statistical value in the domain of intra-EU trade statistics. This Regulation does not go beyond what is necessary to achieve that objective, in accordance with Article 5(4) of the Treaty on the European Union.

(15) In accordance with the principle of proportionality, it is necessary and appropriate to lay down harmonised rules on the communication of information by the customs administration, the exchange of confidential data between MS and the definition of statistical value in the domain of intra-EU trade statistics. This Regulation does not go beyond what is necessary to achieve that objective, in accordance with Article 5(4) of the Treaty on the European Union.

Amendment  10

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 15 a (new)

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(15a) Data transmission by the national authorities should be free of charge for the Member States and for the Union institutions or agencies.

Amendment  11

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 17 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(17a) Given the economic situation of the Member States and the stepping up of coordination measures at Union level, there is a need to develop an integrated approach and ever more reliable statistical indicators in order to implement policies more effectively.

Amendment  12

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 17 b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(17b) Following the recent discovery of breaches of the protection of the data of Union citizens and Member States, there is a need to enhance the security of the modes of transmission of sensitive statistical data, including economic data,

Amendment  13

Proposal for a regulation

Article 1 – point 2 – point b

Regulation (EC) No 638/2004

Article 5 – paragraph 2

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2. The statistical information on dispatches and arrivals of goods which are the subject of a single administrative document for customs or fiscal purposes shall be provided directly by customs to the national authorities, at least once a month.

2. The statistical information on dispatches and arrivals of goods which are the subject of a single administrative document for customs or fiscal purposes shall be provided directly by customs to the national authorities once a month.

Amendment  14

Proposal for a regulation

Article 1 – point 5

Regulation (EC) No 638/2004

Article 9a – paragraph 1

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

The exchange of confidential data, as defined by Article 3(7) of Regulation (EC) No 223/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 March 2009 on European statistics (*), shall for statistical purposes only, be allowed between the respective national authorities of each Member State, where the exchange serves the efficient development, production and dissemination of European statistics relating to the trading of goods between Member States or improves their quality.

The exchange, free of charge, of confidential data as defined by Article 3(7) of Regulation (EC) No 223/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 March 2009 on European statistics (*), shall for statistical purposes only, be allowed between the respective national authorities of each Member State, where it is proven that the exchange serves the efficient development, production and dissemination of European statistics relating to the trading of goods between Member States or significantly improves their quality. Any additional administrative burden and costs for the Member States shall be kept to a minimum. Such exchange of confidential information shall be voluntary until ...[OJ please insert date: five years after the entry into force of the Regulation].

Amendment  15

Proposal for a regulation

Article 1 – point 5

Regulation (EC) No 638/2004

Article 9a – paragraph 2

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

National authorities that have obtained confidential data shall treat this information confidentially and shall use it exclusively for statistical purposes.

National authorities that have obtained confidential data shall treat this information confidentially and shall use it exclusively for statistical purposes. National authorities shall not transmit such data to any international organisation other than as provided in this Regulation.

Amendment  16

Proposal for a regulation

Article 1 – point 6 – point c

Regulation (EC) 638/2004

Article 10 – paragraph 5

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

5. Member States may, under certain conditions that meet quality requirements, simplify the information to be provided for small individual transactions. The Commission shall be empowered to adopt, in accordance with Article 13a, delegated acts to define these conditions.

5. Member States may, under certain conditions that meet quality requirements, simplify the information to be provided for small individual transactions provided that such simplification has no detrimental effects on the quality of the statistics. The Commission shall be empowered to adopt, in accordance with Article 13a, delegated acts to define these conditions.

Amendment  17

Proposal for a regulation

Article 1 – point 6 a (new)

Regulation (EC) No 638/2004

Article 11 – paragraph 1

 

Present text

Amendment

 

(6a) Article 11 is replaced by the following:

Article 11

Article 11

Statistical confidentiality

Statistical confidentiality

Only where the party or parties that have provided information so request shall the national authorities decide whether statistical results which may make it possible to identify the said provider(s) are to be disseminated or are to be amended in such a way that their dissemination does not prejudice statistical confidentiality.

Only where the party or parties that have provided information so request shall the national authorities decide whether statistical results which may make it possible to identify the said provider(s) are to be disseminated or are to be amended in such a way that their dissemination does not prejudice statistical confidentiality. The national authorities shall ensure that any detrimental effects on a party or parties providing information is clearly outweighed by statistical benefits.”

Amendment  18

Proposal for a regulation

Article 1 – point 7 – point c

Regulation (EC) No 638/2004

Article 12 – paragraph 4 – subparagraph 3

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

The Commission shall adopt, by means of implementing acts, technical provisions for compiling these statistics.

The Commission shall adopt, by means of implementing acts, technical provisions for compiling these statistics in the most economical way.

Those implementing acts shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 14(2);

Those implementing acts shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 14(2);

Amendment  19

Proposal for a regulation

Article 1 – point 8

Regulation (EC) No 638/2004

Article 13 – paragraph 4 – subparagraph 1

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(4) The Commission shall adopt, by means of implementing acts, any measures necessary to ensure the quality of the statistics transmitted according to the quality criteria.

(4) The Commission shall adopt, by means of implementing acts, any measures necessary to ensure the quality of the statistics transmitted according to the quality criteria, avoiding excessive costs for the national authorities.

Amendment  20

Proposal for a regulation

Article 1 – point 9

Regulation (EC) No 638/2004

Article 13a – paragraph 2

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(2) When exercising the powers delegated in Articles 3(4), 6(2), 10(3) (4) and (5), 12(1)(a) and (2), the Commission shall ensure that the delegated acts do not impose a significant additional administrative burden on the Member States and on the respondents.

(2) When exercising the powers delegated in Articles 3(4), 6(2), 10(3) (4) and (5), 12(1)(a) and (2), the Commission shall ensure that the delegated acts do not impose significant additional costs or administrative burden on the Member States and on the respondents. The Commission shall pursue reductions of costs and administrative burden where possible. In addition, the Commission shall duly justify the actions in those intended delegated acts and provide information, with input from Member States, on any associated burden and production costs in accordance with Article 14(3) of Regulation (EC) No 223/2009.

Amendment  21

Proposal for a regulation

Article 1 – point 9

Regulation (EC) 638/2004

Article 13a – paragraph 3

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

3. The power to adopt delegated acts referred to in Articles 3(4), 6(2), 10(3) (4) and (5), 12(1)(a) and (2) shall be conferred on the Commission for an indeterminate period of time from [(Publication office: please insert the exact date of the entry into force of the amending Regulation)].

3. The power to adopt delegated acts referred to in Articles 3(4), 6(2), 10(3) (4) and (5), 12(1)(a) and (2) shall be conferred on the Commission for a period of five years from [Publication office: please insert the exact date of the entry into force of the amendingRegulation]. 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.

Justification

The Commission should not be given the power to adopt delegated acts for an indeterminate period of time.

Amendment  22

Proposal for a regulation

Article 1 – point 9

Regulation (EC) No 638/2004

Article 13a – paragraph 6

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

6. A delegated act adopted pursuant to Articles 3(4), 6(2), 10(3) (4) and (5), 12(1)(a) and (2) 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 two months at the initiative of the European Parliament or the Council.

6. A delegated act adopted pursuant to Articles 3(4), 6(2), 10(3) (4) and (5), 12(1)(a) and (2) shall enter into force only if no objection has been expressed either by the European Parliament or the Council within a period of three 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 three months at the initiative of the European Parliament or the Council.


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Title

Statistics relating to trading of goods between Member States as regards conferring of delegated and implementing powers upon the Commission for the adoption of certain measures, the communication of information by the customs administration, the exchange of confidential data between Member States and the definition of statistical value.

References

COM(2013)0578 – C7-0242/2013 – 2013/0278(COD)

Date submitted to Parliament

8.8.2013

 

 

 

Committee responsible

       Date announced in plenary

ECON

10.9.2013

 

 

 

Rapporteur(s)

       Date appointed

Hans-Peter Martin

10.9.2013

 

 

 

Discussed in committee

5.11.2013

2.12.2013

9.12.2013

 

Date adopted

2.12.2013

 

 

 

Result of final vote

+:

–:

0:

26

0

11

Members present for the final vote

Marino Baldini, Burkhard Balz, Jean-Paul Besset, Sharon Bowles, Udo Bullmann, George Sabin Cutaş, Diogo Feio, Markus Ferber, Elisa Ferreira, Ildikó Gáll-Pelcz, Jean-Paul Gauzès, Sven Giegold, Syed Kamall, Othmar Karas, Jürgen Klute, Philippe Lamberts, Werner Langen, Astrid Lulling, Ivana Maletić, Hans-Peter Martin, Arlene McCarthy, Peter Simon, Peter Skinner, Theodor Dumitru Stolojan, Ivo Strejček, Sampo Terho, Marianne Thyssen, Corien Wortmann-Kool

Substitute(s) present for the final vote

Sophie Auconie, Fabrizio Bertot, Philippe De Backer, Saïd El Khadraoui, Anne E. Jensen, Olle Ludvigsson, Thomas Mann, Nils Torvalds, Oleg Valjalo

Date tabled

10.12.2013

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