The Bundesrat

Proposal for a REGULATION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL amending Regulations (EC) No 715/2007 and (EC) No 595/2009 as regards the reduction of pollutant emissions from road vehicles

Scrutiny details

Subsidiarity deadline: 31/03/2014
Scrutiny Information

Scrutiny date: 14/03/2014

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Referred to Committees on:

European Union Questions
the Environment, Nature Protection and Reactor Safety
Economic Affairs

Lisbon Treaty procedures
  Political Dialogue

14/03/2014 | Scrutiny results COM20140028

n its 920th plenary session on Friday 14 March 2014 the Bundesrat adopted the following contribution which was addressed to the European Commission, in the context of the political dialogue:

Concerning the amending-regulation as regards the reduction of pollutant emissions from road vehicles, the Bundesrat welcomes in general the measures announced by the Commission. It considers these measures as a contribution to protect citizen's health in urban centres.

Nevertheless, the Bundesrat is of the view that the number of Commission's delegated legal acts is too excessive. It recalls firmly its critical contribution adopted in December 2013, concerning Commission's proposal COM(2013) 451 for a Regulation adapting to Article 290 TFEU a number of legal acts providing for the use of the regulatory procedure with scrutiny.

The Bundesrat stresses that any changes in existing regulations must not weaken the rights of participation and co-decision of member states in the process of European lawgiving. It is sceptic whether the present proposal conforms to the requirements set out by Article 290 TFEU. In Bundesrat's view, delegated legislative acts shall be limited to their absolute minimum, and their object, content and scope have to be determined explicitly.

The Bundesrat is aware of the fact that since its introduction in 2007, the Small Claims Procedure has only been very rarely used. In the view of the Bundesrat, this does however not necessarily mean that the legal provisions need to be revised. In particular, the proposed extension of the scope of the Regulation does not appear as appropriate means to increase the attractiveness of this procedure. What are needed are a consolidation and an implementation of the existing rules, in order to make them better-known by the consumers and SMEs, and thus increase the use of this procedure.

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