Scrutiny Information

Scrutiny date: 15/09/2017

Subsidiarity Concern:

No Important information to exchange

No Veto

Information on parliamentary scrutiny

The Committee on the Economy discussed the proposal at its 28th meeting of 5 September 2017.

The Committee on EU Affairs of the National Assembly of the Republic of Slovenia discussed the proposal at it’s 139th meeting of 15 September 2017 and adopted the following Position:

The Republic of Slovenia in principle supports and welcomes the Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council setting out the conditions and procedure by which the Commission may request undertakings and associations of undertakings to provide information in relation to the internal market and related areas, the purpose of which is to enable the Commission to timely obtain comprehensive and reliable quantitative and qualitative information from selected market players through narrowly targeted information requests.

Slovenia understands and supports the purpose of the Regulation, yet it believes that it quite considerably intervenes in the entrepreneurial sector. In such regard, doubt arises as to whether the Commission has properly exploited all existing mechanisms to achieve the objective. Since the Regulation is expected to apply in exceptional cases only, the Commission already has the appropriate legal basis to collect the information necessary for the performance of its tasks in Article 337 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.

Since the proposed Regulation imposes rather unexpected and not fully understandable burdens on the undertakings (on the one hand, it significantly interferes with their business while on the other it is not sufficiently specific in terms of the content of data it will require, on how the information obtained will be used, and with regard to the urgency of the envisaged measures), Slovenia will advocate the exceptionality of use of the mechanisms envisaged by the Regulation. In addition, it will require a more precise definition of the main condition for the use of the mechanisms mentioned in the Regulation, i.e. “where a serious difficulty with the application of Union law risks undermining the attainment of an important Union policy objective”.

Regarding the objectives pursued by the Regulation and the profile of Slovenian undertakings in the areas of its application, Slovenia will strive for micro-enterprises as well as small and medium-sized enterprises to be fully and completely excluded from the Regulation. It is in fact difficult to imagine that micro-enterprises and small and medium-sized enterprises have a significant impact on the problems of the functioning of the entire EU.

Slovenia welcomes the purpose of the Regulation, which is to eliminate the problems of timely access to reliable data that arise in ensuring compliance with the internal market rules, and believes that it will facilitate the monitoring and implementation of the internal market rules. Reducing barriers to market entry, increasing competition, and facilitating cross-border enlargements enable a better functioning single market, which results in increased benefits for both undertakings and consumers.

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