Dutch Senate

Proposal for a REGULATION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL establishing the framework for achieving climate neutrality and amending Regulation (EU) 2018/1999 (European Climate Law)

Scrutiny details

Subsidiarity deadline: 13/11/2020
 
Scrutiny Information

Scrutiny date: 22/09/2020

  A reasoned opinion has been sent

  Important information to exchange

No Veto

Information on parliamentary scrutiny

On 14 April 2020, the Economic Affairs committee discussed the examination of the proposal by e-mail and decided to wait for the governmental explanatory memorandum before putting the proposal back on the agenda.

On 21 April 2020, the Economic Affairs committee decided the following with regards to the examination of the proposal by e-mail:
- provide input for written consultation with the government on 19 May 2020;
- provide input for written consultation with the European Commission in the framework of the political dialogue on 19 May 2020;
- to include the proposal in the oral consultation with the Minister of Economic Affairs on the progress and elaboration of the Climate Agreement and the governmental explanatory memorandum of the Green Deal.
The consultations will be held on a date to be determined by the Committee.The political groups of People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD), Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA) and the Reformed Political Party (SGP), which together did not have the required majority, preferred to submit a subsidiarity concern to the European Commission by the deadline of 5 May 2020.

Due to the special (meeting) circumstances as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, it was not possible for the commission to finalise the decision-making on the subsidiarity concern before the deadline of 5 May 2020. In view of the European Commission's recent request for national Parliaments to be informed in good time if they consider issuing a reasoned opinion but, due to the current exceptional circumstances, are unable to meet the eight-week deadline, a letter was sent by the committee chair on 4 May 2020 during the May recess informed the Executive Vice-President of the European Commission that - taking into account the plenary votes of the political groups - a majority may intend to support a negative opinion on the respect of the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality with regard to parts of this European proposal.

On 12 May 2020, the Economic Affairs committee discussed the wish of a number of political groups to issue a reasoned opinion to the European Commission on some parts of the proposal with regard to compliance with the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality. Taking into account the plenary voting weight of these political groups, the committee chairman concluded that it is likely that there is sufficient support to realise this intention. The possible adoption shall be taken besides the actions already decided by the committee to consult the government on this proposal both in written (19 May 2020) and oral consultation (23 June 2020) and to provide input for written consultation with the European Commission in the framework of the political dialogue (19 May 2020).In view of the exchange of views that had taken place, the committee requested that a draft letter be drawn up and submitted to the European Commission on the basis of input from the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD), Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA) and the Reformed Political Party (SGP). The committee also decided to put this draft letter on the agenda for adoption at a committee meeting on 19 May 2020, which will take place prior to the plenary meeting.If the committee is able to agree to the draft letter by a majority on 19 May 2020, the chairman of the committee will forward it to the Speaker of the Senate as soon as possible by means of a letter of presentation, in order to enable the plenary session to consider the committee's request on the same day; if necessary, the discussion will be concluded by a vote.

On 19 May 2020, the Economic Affairs committee discussed the draft letter to the European Commission with the reasoned opinion and established that a majority of the committee was able to support this. The committee decided to forward the letter to the Speaker of the Senate with a view to adopt the letter during the plenary meeting on 26 May 2020.
In addition, The Green Left Party (GroenLinks) and The Labour Party (PvDA) groups, The Party for Freedom (PVV) and Party for the Animals (PVdD) provided input for written consultations with the government. The Socialist Party (SP) and the Party for the Animals (PVdD) provided input for written consultation with the European Commission within the framework of the political dialogue. The letter within the framework of the political dialogue was sent to the European Commission on 29 May 2020.

The reasoned opinion was adopted during the plenary meeting on 26 May 2020.A letter with the subsidiarity concern on the proposal was sent on the same day to the European Commission and the other European institutions.

On 16 June 2020 the minister of Economic Affairs sent a reply to the letter of 26 May 2020.The Committee discussed this further written consultation on 23 June 2020 and decided to provide input for further written consultation on 30 June 2020.

On 30 June 2020 the Party for Freedom (PVV) delivered input for further written consultations with the government. On 3 July 2020 the letter with further questions was sent to the Minister of Economic Affairs and Climate.

On 10 August 2020, the European Commissioner for Employment and Social Rights sent a reply to both the reasoned opinion and the political dialogue. The committee will discuss the reply at a later moment.

On 28 August 2020 the minister of Economic Affairs and Climate sent a reply on the further follow-up questions from the Party for Freedom. On 8 September 2020 the committee took note on the written consultation. 

On 8 September 2020 the committee decided to include the reply from the European Commission in its oral consultation with Frans Timmermans on 22 September 2020. 

On 22 September 2020, the Economic Affairs committee and European Affairs committee held an oral consultation with European Commissioner Frans Timmermans on the European Green Deal.


Lisbon Treaty procedures
 
  Political Dialogue

29/05/2020 | Political dialogue COM(2020)80
On 19 May 2020 the Socialist Party (SP) and the Party for the Animals (PVdD) provided input for written consultation with the European Commission within the framework of the political dialogue. The letter within the framework of the political dialogue was sent to the European Commission on 29 May 2020.

  Reasoned opinion

26/05/2020 | Reasoned opinion by the Senate of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on COM(2020)80
The reasoned opinion was adopted during the plenary meeting on 26 May 2020.A letter with the subsidiarity concern on the proposal was sent on the same day to the European Commission and the other European institutions.
On 10 August 2020, the European Commissioner for Employment and Social Rights sent a reply to both the reasoned opinion and the political dialogue. The committee will discuss the reply at a later moment.

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