Procedure : 2007/0213(COD)
Document stages in plenary
Document selected : A6-0141/2008

Texts tabled :

A6-0141/2008

Debates :

PV 03/09/2008 - 3
CRE 03/09/2008 - 3

Votes :

PV 03/09/2008 - 7.3
Explanations of votes

Texts adopted :

P6_TA(2008)0394

REPORT     ***I
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9 April 2008
PE 400.405v02-00 A6-0141/2008

on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EC) No 648/2004 in order to adapt it to Regulation (EC) No … on Classification, Labelling and Packaging of Substances and Mixtures, and amending Directive 67/548/EEC and Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006

(COM(2007)0613 – C6-0349/2007 – 2007/0213(COD))

Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety

Rapporteur: Amalia Sartori

DRAFT EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION
 EXPLANATORY STATEMENT
 OPINION of the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection
 PROCEDURE

DRAFT EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION

on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EC) No 648/2004 in order to adapt it to Regulation (EC) No … on Classification, Labelling and Packaging of Substances and Mixtures, and amending Directive 67/548/EEC and Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006

(COM(2007)0613 – C6-0349/2007 – 2007/0213(COD))

(Codecision procedure: first reading)

The European Parliament,

–   having regard to the Commission proposal to the European Parliament and the Council (COM(2007)0613),

–   having regard to Articles 251(2) and 95 of the EC Treaty, pursuant to which the Commission submitted the proposal to Parliament (C6-0349/2007),

–   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 the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (A6-0141/2008),

1.  Approves the Commission proposal;

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 and Commission.


EXPLANATORY STATEMENT

The United Nations Economic and Social Council adopted in 2003 a Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) in order to facilitate the global trade in chemicals by introducing a common system for hazard communication. The World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg encouraged countries to implement it without delay and have it fully operational by the end of 2008.

The overall aim of harmonising the classification and labelling of hazardous chemicals is to improve the level of protection of human health and the environment throughout the world.

Implementing the GHS in the EU requires certain changes to the existing legislation. A proposal for a Regulation on the classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures and amending Directive 67/548/EEC and Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 will be the vehicle for bringing the principles of GHS into the European legislation while largely building on the existing EU system. This proposal is accompanied by two other proposals on downstream legislation - a proposal amending the regulation on detergents and another proposal amending directives on cosmetics, toys, emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), end-of-life vehicles and waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE).

Proposal on detergents

Changes proposed by the Commission to the regulation on detergents (648/2004) are fairly limited. They adapt provisions, which refer to the classification and labelling, to correspond to the 'main' regulation on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures, without adding other elements. The new provisions are due to apply from 1 June 2015.

Your rapporteur does not propose any amendments to the Commission proposal on detergents regulation at this point, but reserves a right to reconsider her position at later stages of the legislative procedure.


OPINION of the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (27.3.2008)

for the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety

on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EC) No 648/2004 in order to adapt it to Regulation (EC) No ... on Classification, Labelling and Packaging of Substances and Mixtures, and amending Directive 67/548/EEC and Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006

(COM(2007)0613 – C6-0349/2007 – 2007/0213(COD))

Draftsman: Andreas Schwab

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SHORT JUSTIFICATION

The European Commission has tabled a proposal for a regulation on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures(1) which implements in the EU the international criteria agreed by the United Nations Economic and Social Council for the classification and labelling of hazardous substances and mixtures. This is also known as the Globally Harmonised System (GHS). The objective is to ensure a high level of protection of human health and the environment, while guaranteeing the free movement of substances and mixtures within the internal market.

The proposal for this regulation is accompanied by two other Communications which propose technical changes to downstream legislation. It is necessary to bring this downstream legislation in line with the GHS proposals.

This opinion is related to COM(2007)0613(2) which is proposing amendments to the Regulation (EC) No 648/2004, known as the detergent regulation.

A separate opinion has been prepared for the COM(2007)0611(3) which proposes amendments to a number of directives (cosmetics, toys safety, solvent emissions, end of life vehicles and two paints directives).

The intent of these proposals is to align the terminology to the GHS, as well as adapt the cross-references between the texts. Hence, no amendments to these two Communications are proposed.

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Conclusions

The Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection calls on the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, as the committee responsible, to propose approval of the Commission proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EC) No 648/2004 in order to adapt it to Regulation (EC) No ... on Classification, Labelling and Packaging of Substances and Mixtures, and amending Directive 67/548/EEC and Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006.

PROCEDURE

Title

Classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures (amendment of Regulation (EC) No 648/2004)

References

COM(2007)0613 – C6-0349/2007 – 2007/0213(COD)

Committee responsible

ENVI

Opinion by

       Date announced in plenary

IMCO

23.10.2007

 

 

 

Drafts(wo)man

       Date appointed

Andreas Schwab

21.11.2007

 

 

Discussed in committee

22.1.2008

 

 

 

Date adopted

26.3.2008

 

 

 

Result of final vote

+:

–:

0:

37

0

0

Members present for the final vote

Cristian Silviu Buşoi, Charlotte Cederschiöld, Gabriela Creţu, Mia De Vits, Janelly Fourtou, Vicente Miguel Garcés Ramón, Evelyne Gebhardt, Małgorzata Handzlik, Malcolm Harbour, Edit Herczog, Iliana Malinova Iotova, Pierre Jonckheer, Alexander Lambsdorff, Kurt Lechner, Lasse Lehtinen, Toine Manders, Arlene McCarthy, Catherine Neris, Zita Pleštinská, Giovanni Rivera, Zuzana Roithová, Luisa Fernanda Rudi Ubeda, Heide Rühle, Christel Schaldemose, Andreas Schwab, Bernadette Vergnaud, Barbara Weiler, Marian Zlotea

Substitute(s) present for the final vote

Emmanouil Angelakas, Šarūnas Birutis, Giovanna Corda, Benoît Hamon, Joel Hasse Ferreira, Filip Kaczmarek, Othmar Karas, Joseph Muscat, Gary Titley

(1)

COM(2007)355 of 27.6.2007

(2)

COM(2007)0613 of 17.10.2007 on a Proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EC) No 648/2004 in order to adapt it to Regulation (EC) No ... on Classification, Labelling and Packaging of Substances and Mixtures, and amending Directive 67/548/EEC and Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006.

(3)

COM(2007)0611 of 16.10.2007 on a Proposal for a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Council Directives 76/768/EEC, 88/378/EEC, 1999/13/EC and Directives 2000/53/EC, 2002/96/EC and 2004/42/EC in order to adapt them to Regulation (EC) ... on Classification, Labelling and Packaging of Substances and Mixtures, and amending Directive 67/548/EEC and Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006.


PROCEDURE

Title

Classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures (amendment of Regulation (EC) No 648/2004)

References

COM(2007)0613 – C6-0349/2007 – 2007/0213(COD)

Date submitted to Parliament

17.10.2007

Committee responsible

       Date announced in plenary

ENVI

23.10.2007

Committee(s) asked for opinion(s)

       Date announced in plenary

ITRE

23.10.2007

IMCO

23.10.2007

 

 

Not delivering opinions

       Date of decision

ITRE

22.11.2007

 

 

 

Rapporteur(s)

       Date appointed

Amalia Sartori

6.12.2007

 

 

Discussed in committee

28.1.2008

26.3.2008

 

 

Date adopted

2.4.2008

 

 

 

Result of final vote

+:

–:

0:

51

0

1

Members present for the final vote

Adamos Adamou, Georgs Andrejevs, Margrete Auken, Liam Aylward, Pilar Ayuso, Irena Belohorská, Johannes Blokland, John Bowis, Frieda Brepoels, Hiltrud Breyer, Martin Callanan, Dorette Corbey, Magor Imre Csibi, Chris Davies, Avril Doyle, Mojca Drčar Murko, Edite Estrela, Jill Evans, Anne Ferreira, Karl-Heinz Florenz, Alessandro Foglietta, Matthias Groote, Françoise Grossetête, Cristina Gutiérrez-Cortines, Satu Hassi, Gyula Hegyi, Jens Holm, Marie Anne Isler Béguin, Caroline Jackson, Dan Jørgensen, Christa Klaß, Eija-Riitta Korhola, Holger Krahmer, Urszula Krupa, Aldis Kušķis, Johannes Lebech, Marie-Noëlle Lienemann, Peter Liese, Jules Maaten, Marios Matsakis, Linda McAvan, Roberto Musacchio, Riitta Myller, Péter Olajos, Miroslav Ouzký, Vladko Todorov Panayotov, Dimitrios Papadimoulis, Adriana Poli Bortone, Vittorio Prodi, Frédérique Ries, Dagmar Roth-Behrendt, Guido Sacconi, Daciana Octavia Sârbu, Amalia Sartori, Karin Scheele, Carl Schlyter, Horst Schnellhardt, Richard Seeber, Kathy Sinnott, Bogusław Sonik, María Sornosa Martínez, Antonios Trakatellis, Evangelia Tzampazi, Thomas Ulmer, Marcello Vernola, Anja Weisgerber, Åsa Westlund, Anders Wijkman, Glenis Willmott

Substitute(s) present for the final vote

Iles Braghetto, Martin Callanan, Christofer Fjellner, Peter Liese, Kartika Tamara Liotard, Bart Staes, Andres Tarand

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