Slovenian National Assembly

Proposal for a REGULATION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL laying down rules on the making available on the market of CE marked fertilising products and amending Regulations (EC) No 1069/2009 and (EC) No 1107/2009

Scrutiny details

Subsidiarity deadline: 17/05/2016
Scrutiny Information

Scrutiny date: 11/11/2016

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Information on parliamentary scrutiny

The Committee on Agriculture, Forestry and Food discussed the proposal at its 47th extraordinary meeting of 9 November 2016.

And at it's 105th meeting of 11 November 2016 the Committee on EU Affairs of the National Assembly of the Republic of Slovenia adopted the following Position:
The Republic of Slovenia supports the main objectives and general principles of the Proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down rules on the making available on the market of CE marked fertilising products and amending Regulations (EC) No 1069/2009 and (EC) No 1107/2009 (Proposal for a Fertilisers Regulation).

The Republic of Slovenia welcomes the legislator’s intent to establish equal conditions for all fertilising products at EU level, thus increasing the fertilising products producers’ possibilities to get access to the internal market.

The Republic of Slovenia supports the approach introducing the optional compliance with harmonised rules, known as the optional harmonisation, which will allow CE marked fertilisers to move freely on the market, while observing regional specifics of the market for certain fertilising products manufactured pursuant to the national legislation that will be in force concurrently with the new regulation.  

Given that the existing legislation arrangement at EU level is harmonised on a optional basis only for inorganic fertilisers, the Republic of Slovenia agrees with the proposal that the scope of optional harmonisation is extended also to organic fertilisers, liming materials, soil improvers, agricultural additives and plant biostimulants which according to their function act as fertilisers and plant growth stimulators.

The Republic of Slovenia considers the Proposal to be an important contribution towards establishment of an adequate regulatory framework for the development of the circular economy in the single market.  The Republic of Slovenia supports the objective to incentivise fertiliser production from domestic organic or secondary raw materials in line with the circular economy model, by transforming waste into nutrients for crops.  

Moreover, it stresses that it will be necessary to clarify and further define the division between the provisions of the Proposal for a Fertilisers Regulation and the EU legislation, regulating the area of animal by-products, plant protection products as well as waste and secondary raw materials so as to ensure the safety and traceability of their use in the production of fertilisers.

The Republic of Slovenia supports the introduction of uniform EU criteria regarding the presence of contaminants in fertilisers, in particular as regards the maximum permissible levels of heavy metals, since the absence of harmonised values is one of the key shortcomings of the present internal market situation in fertilisers.
In this context, the Republic of Slovenia points out that when determining the maximum permitted levels of heavy metals, it is necessary to take into account the availability and the development of decontamination techniques for reducing cadmium levels in raw materials for the production of phosphate fertilisers.

Furthermore, the Republic of Slovenia expects that, given the complexity of innovations introduced by the new proposal to regulate the market in fertilisers, the final adopted text of the regulation will also provide for an appropriate transitional period for the entry into force of the new regulation, so that the Member States will have sufficient time for implementation and possible harmonisation of their national legislation in the area of fertilisers.

In negotiations regarding the regulation, Slovenia will exercise particular caution when defining the requirements that will disproportionately affect the obligations of the state and the economic operators in relation to other acts that have already been adopted at national and EU levels.

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