Environment Committee Meets 18 March

On 18 March 2015 the EP’s Environment Committee met.

Many of the members were absent attending a delegation visit to Washington DC.

The next meeting will be on 26 March the Committee. They will meet only in the morning and have a discussion with Health Commissioner Andriukaitis. This will be lively.

.The environment committee will meet with AGRI Committee on cloning of animals (16 April) a file they work together on.

ILUC (Amendment to the Fuel Quality Directive)

Negotiations Fuel Quality Directive, first trialogue 10 March in Strasbourg, eating between EP, Council and Commission delegation and good progress was made. An open minded

They face a tight timeline to secure an agreement, and a 2nd trialogue meeting will be on 24 Match.


Maritime Transport Monitoring CO2

As the Council text the same as reached in trialogue talks, the text will be confirmed. The vote in environment committee will be on 26 March, and the vote in Plenary will be in the 2nd half of  April.


Plastic Bags

The Council’s position is in conformity with the position reached in the trialogue. The vote in Committee is set for 31 March and a vote in the  full Parliament will be in the 2nd half of April.


Commission outlines updates proposal on veterinary medicinal proposal

The discussion here was interesting. The focus was on microbial resistance from the over use of anti-bioctics. Also, a theme kept coming up about the impact of these rules on innovation or at least the deadening hand of these rules on innovation.

Sunshine Shines on EU law Making

1st Vice President Timmermans is dragging the European Commission into the 21st century.

He is behind the excellent idea of allowing for public consultations on many draft EU laws.

At the moment, the public only get to see a small minority of draft EU laws. The majority of delegated legilsation is never made public until it is adopted. It seems (see here) that the EU adopts 80 ordinary legislative proposals a year. But, there are another 1500 laws adopted until now in relative secret.

At the moment, the Member States and EP get to scrutinise the draft laws. But,  they can overlook important issues  that are often clothed in technical sounding jargon. This means that Commission (with the nod from the Member States and EP) has been able to pass the vast majority of EU legilsation in secret.

From my experience inside the Commission, some officials liked the ability of passing law without the public being able to see what was being put forward. I, being far less clever than these officials, have always thought law making is best done in public. The public have a great deal of good ideas, and sometimes silly ideas make their way into proposals, and they public can point this out. These new rules will make it easier for the public to scrutinise proposals.

The EP and Member States could have released the draft laws to the public, but I am not aware of  anyone systematically doing so.

Now, at last, Vice President Timmermans has stood by his earlier committments in the confirmation hearings to make EU law making fit for purpose.
The Commission have sent the non-paper to the Council and the EP. If they agree to the rays of sunshine, the new rules can start working after April.

It may mean laws on vacumn cleaner nossle size get filterted out far earlier!

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