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2937 Amendments of Dita CHARANZOVÁ

Amendment 7 #

2020/2131(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 1
1. Recalls that Europe's 25 million small and medium- sized enterprises (SMEs) are the backbone of the EU economy employing around 100 million people and accounting for more than half of Europe’s GDP; underlines that the proper functioning of the internal market and the creation of a capital market union remains an absolute priority for SMEs;
2020/09/07
Committee: INTA
Amendment 10 #

2020/2131(INI)

1 a. Welcomes the new SME Strategy for a Sustainable and Digital Europe, especially its focus on the EU’s twin transitions to a sustainable and digital economy as well as on reducing regulatory burden for SMEs and improving their market access and access to financing; believes that focusing on digital and innovative solutions will increase Europe’s global competitiveness as a whole;
2020/09/07
Committee: INTA
Amendment 17 #

2020/2131(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 1 b (new)
1 b. Welcomes the European Union trade policy review responding to the new global challenges and taking into account the lessons learned from the coronavirus crisis; emphasizes that it must recognise the challenges faced by SMEs in international trade;
2020/09/07
Committee: INTA
Amendment 27 #

2020/2131(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2
2. Encourages the Commission to fully support SMEs inUnderlines that global markets are a crucial source of growth for SMEs; notes however that only 600 000 SMEs export goods outside the EU; encourages the Commission to fully support SMEs and to effectively implement the new SME strategy in order to overcominge all barriers that prevent their access to third- countryinternational markets; requests therefore for the Commission to continue the inclusion of an SME chapter in every trade agreement; underlines the need for the effective enforcement of trade agreements as a priority task of the Chief Trade Enforcement Officer (CTEO); welcomes the recent appointment of the first CTEO and highlights its important role in ensuring that SMEs get maximum value from EU trade agreements;
2020/09/07
Committee: INTA
Amendment 33 #

2020/2131(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2 a (new)
2 a. Highlights the significance of the ongoing plurilateral WTO negotiations on e-commerce; calls for a comprehensive and ambitious set of rules, to facilitate the free flow of data across borders while guaranteeing European data protection standards, to address digital trade barriers including data localisation requirements and ensure that businesses, especially SMEs, can compete globally on a level playing field;
2020/09/07
Committee: INTA
Amendment 37 #

2020/2131(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 3
3. Calls on the Commission to be more active in its support of national and regional export agencies in order to allow SMEs to overcome the information gap and take better advantage of trade agreements; opines, in this respect, that the Commission could set up an SME internationalisation platform to monitor progress; recalls that the EU Delegations also have a crucial role in providing support by addressing queries and practical difficulties of SMEs linked to the implementation of FTAs;
2020/09/07
Committee: INTA
Amendment 41 #

2020/2131(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4
4. Calls on the Commission to take greaterinto account of the role of SMEsSME specifities in all chapters of trade and investment negotiations, including when it comes to negotiating public procurement chapters in trade agreements; welcomes the announcement from the Commission that it will launch a new information portal on customs procedures and formalitiesto raise awareness of SMEs on trade policies and provide detailed information on customs procedures and formalities for exporting to third countries; asks the Commission to reach out to businesses at the earliest possible stage when setting up new information portals or improving already existing ones to ensure that the information needs of SMEs in particular can be met in a practical way; calls on the Commission to deliver on its objective of launching a self-assessment tool for rules of origin to help SMEs assess whether a product benefits from preferences under a given trade agreement; reiterates, in this context also the importance of streamlined and simplified rules of origin;
2020/09/07
Committee: INTA
Amendment 57 #

2020/2131(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 6
6. Calls on the Commission to strengthen the EU’s safeguard and trade defence instrumentstrade toolbox in order to better protect European industrybusinesses, in particular when it affects sectors with a majority of SMEs; urges the Commission to raise more awareness among stakeholders about trade defence instruments (TDI) and increase its support to SMEs in facilitating their access to TDIs.
2020/09/07
Committee: INTA
Amendment 2 #

2020/2076(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph -1 (new)
-1. Welcomes the New Industrial Strategy for Europe, especially its focus on ensuring fair competition and level playing field globally and on the tools to make EU industry fit to address today’s and tomorrow’s challenges worldwide;
2020/06/02
Committee: INTA
Amendment 8 #

2020/2076(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 1
1. Takes note of the Commission’s initiatives to support European SMEs’ access to international markets; stresses, however, that SMEs have to deal with too many regulations and burdens and excessive bureaucracy; stresses that SMEs are kept at a competitive disadvantage by investing in cEncourages the Commission to strengthen and improve its initiatives to support European SMEs in overcoming barriers that prevent their access to international markets, among others, through negotiating dedicated chapters in trade agreements; calls on the Commission for an effective implementation of the SME strategy in order to reduce burdens and excessive bureaucracy for our businesses abroad and facilimtate neutrality to comply with the Green Deal while trying to remain competitive and thrive on export marketstheir internationalisation;
2020/06/02
Committee: INTA
Amendment 25 #

2020/2076(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2
2. Calls on the Commission to focus on domestic productivity within Europe, in order to establish less dependStresses the importance of diversification to improve the resilience onf vulnerable supply chainsalue chains as well as of smart reshoring in core industry sectors such as the tech and telecommunications, medical products and pharmaceuticals sectors, and raw materials, to achieve an open strategic autonomy especially in times of global crisis, and to remain competitive on the global markets, at the same time taking into account the needs of developing countries;
2020/06/02
Committee: INTA
Amendment 43 #

2020/2076(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 3
3. Supports, in principle, the initiative to reinforce a rule-based multilateral trading system; expresses its concern, however, about the functRecalls the commitment of the European Union to a rule-based multilateral trading system and underlines that the EU should be at the forefront of defending and reinforcing it; supports the Commission ing of the WTO, owing to some international actors abusing their market power its overall efforts to modernize the WTO and urges to continue engaging with WTO Members to find a long-term multilateral solution to overcome the current deadlock of the Appellate Body; welcomes the multi-party interim appeal arbitration arrangement;
2020/06/02
Committee: INTA
Amendment 45 #

2020/2076(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4 a (new)
4 a. Believes that vital industrial sectors should be supported with targeted strategies and actions; underlines the need to maintain European leadership in the automobile industry and calls for a Commission plan for the restart of the automobile sector; asks the Commission and the Member States to work together on vehicle buyback and replacement schemes and any further measures to support consumers;
2020/06/10
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 50 #

2020/2076(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 3 a (new)
3 a. Underlines the importance of the ongoing plurilateral WTO negotiations on e-commerce, and calls for a comprehensive and ambitious set of rules, guaranteeing European data protection standards, to address digital trade barriers and ensure that companies, especially SMEs, can compete worldwide in a level playing field;
2020/06/02
Committee: INTA
Amendment 56 #

2020/2076(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4
4. Calls on the Commission to work towards effective and operational procurement that allows the EU to take swift, tincreases leverage to negotiate margketed and compelling measures and increase leverage to negotiate reciprocity and market opening opening; Asks the Commission to revise proposals where compromise has not been achieved after several years, such as the International Procurement Instrument;
2020/06/02
Committee: INTA
Amendment 71 #

2020/2076(INI)

6. Calls on the Commission to consider the urgent enforcement of intellectual property rights and the involvement of all actors in the fight against infringement and counterfeiting as key objectives of the intellectual property action plan; Calls on the Commission to promote and ensure the protection of Geographical indications (GIs) both at international and bilateral level and to resume the debate on GIs for non- agricultural products that could support innovation, sustainable production and jobs in the EU, improving the attractiveness and reputation of our quality productions worldwide;
2020/06/02
Committee: INTA
Amendment 78 #

2020/2076(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 7
7. Calls onWelcomes the Commission to strengthe's guidelines published on 25 March 2020 on the screening of fForeign dDirect investment andInvestment; Calls on the Commission to closely monitor and provide necessary assistance in the implementation of this Regulation to protect access to strategic industries, infrastructure, key enabling technologies, or any other assets in the interests of security and cybersecuritor public order, especially in light of the current COVID crisis where threats may be linked to the public health emergency.
2020/06/02
Committee: INTA
Amendment 17 #

2020/2071(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2
2. Recognises that the EU depends on a narrow set of countries for a large proportion of its imports of active pharmaceutical ingredients and chemical raw materials; stresses that this over- reliance can poses a risk when limitations in production capacity, excess demand or protectionist measures threaten the proper functioning of global supply chains and potentially undermine the availability of medicines in the EU; calls on the Commission to present a long-term strategy focused on ensuring the EU’s open strategic autonomy in health which includes guidelines on the diversification of pharmaceutical supply chains;
2020/05/18
Committee: INTA
Amendment 42 #

2020/2071(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4
4. Emphasises that a broad network of FTAs together with a fully functioning multilateral trading system with the World Trade Organisation and an operational Appellate Body at its core constitute the best way of guaranteeing that multiple sources of manufacturing for essential medicines are available and regulatory standards converge globally;
2020/05/18
Committee: INTA
Amendment 5 #

2020/2041(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 1
1. Highlights that, while there are a number of dynamic middle income countries on the African continent, its economic development is still relatively weak in comparison to other parts of the world; stresses that many of its countries will therefore face almost insurmountable challenges caused by the COVID-19 crisis and the effects of climate change; highlights that due to their economic situation, not all of these countries are able to take lockdown measures similar to those taken in developed countries and therefore the containment of the COVID- 19 virus has been impeded;
2020/06/16
Committee: INTA
Amendment 20 #

2020/2041(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2
2. Welcomes the announcement from the G20 on a temporary moratorium on debt repayments for the weakest developing countries; and encourages the G20 to go further on debt relief to ensure that the basic human needs of citizens can be provided for;
2020/06/16
Committee: INTA
Amendment 25 #

2020/2041(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 3
3. Highlights that the European Union still has important economic ties with African states, and that China has intensified its economic engagement in Africa;
2020/06/16
Committee: INTA
Amendment 40 #

2020/2041(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4
4. Underlines that the role of many African states in the international division of labour does not promote their sustainable development; calls on the Commission to create a strategy aimed at assisting the African nations with value chain development in order for more added value to be generated within the African continent;
2020/06/16
Committee: INTA
Amendment 48 #

2020/2041(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 5
5. Calls on the Commission to reformappropriately revise its current version of its strategy entitled ‘Towards a comprehensive Strategy with Africa’ with a view to addressing the needs of the African countries and regions in the wake of this health and economic crisis;
2020/06/16
Committee: INTA
Amendment 56 #

2020/2041(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 6
6. Calls on the Commission to support Africa in its ambitions for a continental free trade area by making the necessary adjustments in order to implement its Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) and make them fit the project of theensure that the EPAs will not form an obstacle towards the creation of the African Continental Free Trade Area;
2020/06/16
Committee: INTA
Amendment 80 #

2020/2041(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 8
8. CUnderlines the vital importance of meeting the goals as set by the Paris Climate Agreement; calls for a concrete proposal that establishes common initiatives on a renewable energy supply on the African continent;
2020/06/16
Committee: INTA
Amendment 101 #

2020/2041(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 10 b (new)
10 b. Highlights that the Covid-19 pandemic and its consequences will have an impact on the Sustainable Development Goals; calls on the Commission to make the achievement of the SDGs a guiding principle in all its policies with regard to the African countries and urges the Commission to have full regard for these goals when negotiating the post-Cotonou Agreement in order to ensure balanced and free trade with the African continent;
2020/06/16
Committee: INTA
Amendment 105 #

2020/2041(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 10 c (new)
10 c. Highlights that around 60% of the population of the African countries is under 25 years old; calls on the Commission to assist the African youth with dedicated education programs under for example Erasmus+ and to increase educational and professional mobility by means of a dedicated strategy in cooperation with the African Union, the private sector and financial institutions (for example by making available micro- credit for start-ups) with the aim of improving economic and trading opportunities;
2020/06/16
Committee: INTA
Amendment 109 #

2020/2041(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 10 d (new)
10 d. Highlights that the future partnership between the European Union and the African Union should be one that is built upon shared values with respect for human rights and good governance;
2020/06/16
Committee: INTA
Amendment 110 #

2020/2041(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 10 e (new)
10 e. Underlines that Africa and sub- Saharan Africa in particular will have the highest population growth in the coming decades; calls in this respect for the EU to follow the Task Force for Rural Africa (TFRA) conclusions on the need of investments to Africa food chains with a focus to be given to value-added commodities;
2020/06/16
Committee: INTA
Amendment 2 #

2020/2023(INI)

Draft opinion
Recital A
A. whereas an agreement with the UK must ensure a balance of rights and obligations, respect the full integrity and proper functioning of the EU’s internal market and customs union, and guarantee a level playing field for businesses as well as a high level of consumer protection;
2020/04/27
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 5 #

2020/2023(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital A b (new)
A b. whereas during the transition period, EU law across all policy areas, is still applicable to, and in, the UK, with the exception of provisions of the Treaties and acts that were not binding upon, and in, the UK before the Withdrawal Agreement entered into force; whereas on the 14th of May 2020, the European Commission opened infringement proceedings against the UK for failure to comply with EU rules on free movement;
2020/05/28
Committee: AFETINTA
Amendment 6 #

2020/2023(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital A c (new)
A c. whereas the European Parliament gave its position on the proposed mandate for negotiations for a new partnership with the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in its resolution the 12 February 2020.
2020/05/28
Committee: AFETINTA
Amendment 7 #

2020/2023(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital B
B. whereas the EU mandate is based B. on the European Council guidelines of 23 March 2018 and the Political Declaration both agreed withby the EU and the UK on 17 October 2019; and whereas the Political Declaration establishes the parameters of the new partnership.
2020/05/28
Committee: AFETINTA
Amendment 8 #

2020/2023(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital C
C. whereas the negotiations on the future partnership shouldcan only be premised on the effective and full implementation of the Withdrawal Agreement and its three protocols;
2020/05/28
Committee: AFETINTA
Amendment 21 #

2020/2023(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital G
G. whereas the EU and the UK agreed in the Political Declaration to convene at a high level in June 2020 to take stock of progress of the implementation of the Withdrawal Agreement and of the negotiations with the aim of agreeing action to move forward with negotiations on the future relationship;
2020/05/28
Committee: AFETINTA
Amendment 22 #

2020/2023(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital H
H. whereas unity of the EU and its Member States should maintain their unity throughout the negotiations in order to defend the interests of their citizens in the best possible waythroughout the negotiations is essential in order to defend the interests of the EU, including those of its citizens in the best possible way; whereas the EU and its Member States have remained united throughout the negotiation and adoption of the Withdrawal Agreement and ever since; whereas this unity is reflected in the adoption of the negotiating mandate entrusted to the EU negotiator and Head of the EU Task Force Michel Barnier, who enjoys the strong support of the EU and its Member States;
2020/05/28
Committee: AFETINTA
Amendment 23 #

2020/2023(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 5
5. Believes that under no circumstance a third country can have the same rights or enjoy the same benefits as a Member State; stresses that the rights and privileges associated with the access to the internal market go hand in hand with strict obligations for full respect of and compliance with internal market rules; recalls, therefore, that a balanced, ambitious and wide-ranging free trade agreement can only be agreed if a level playing field is secured through stipulation, proper implementation and effective enforcement of robust commitments;
2020/04/27
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 27 #

2020/2023(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital I
I. whereas the EU and UK agreed in the Political Declaration that the future relationship should be underpinned by shared values such as the respect for and safeguarding of human rights and fundamental freedoms, democratic principles, the rule of law, and support for non-proliferation, international rules-based order including support for non-proliferation, protection of the environment and that these values are an essential prerequisite for cooperation within the framework of the Political Declaration; whereas the future relationship should incorporatebe conditioned to the United Kingdom’s continued commitment to respect the framework of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR);
2020/05/28
Committee: AFETINTA
Amendment 29 #

2020/2023(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital I a (new)
I a. whereas the Political Declaration states that the future economic partnership will be underpinned by provisions ensuring a level playing field for open and fair competition.
2020/05/28
Committee: AFETINTA
Amendment 31 #

2020/2023(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital I b (new)
I b. whereas the COVID19 pandemic has created a totally unexpected and un- precedented new situation, which has significant consequences on the implementation of the Withdrawal Agreement and on the rhythm and efficiency of the negotiations between the UK and the EU.
2020/05/28
Committee: AFETINTA
Amendment 32 #

2020/2023(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital I c (new)
I c. whereas facing a global pandemic and its foreseeable geopolitical, economic and social consequences reinforces the necessity to improve cooperation mechanisms between partners and allies.
2020/05/28
Committee: AFETINTA
Amendment 41 #

2020/2023(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 2 a (new)
2 a. Welcomes and insists that the Commission continues its practice to provide timely information to the Parliament on the negotiations, in line with the information that is shared with the Member States;
2020/05/28
Committee: AFETINTA
Amendment 42 #

2020/2023(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 2 b (new)
2 b. Strongly believes that transparency benefits the negotiation process and is also beneficial to citizens and businesses as it allows them to better prepare for the post-transition phase;
2020/05/28
Committee: AFETINTA
Amendment 44 #

2020/2023(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 8 a (new)
8 a. Stresses the importance of an overarching chapter on the needs and interests of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with regard to market access facilitation issues including, but not limited to, compatibility of technical standards, and streamlined customs procedures with the aim of preserving and generating concrete business opportunities and fostering their internationalisation; emphasizes the need to enhance the ability of SMEs to benefit from trade in the future EU-UK economic partnership, including through the sharing of information on laws, regulations, and customs; encourages the Parties to set up SME contact points;
2020/04/27
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 50 #

2020/2023(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 9
9. Stresses that ambitious arrangements should be included to facilitate electronic commerce and data flows, to address unjustified barriers to trade by electronic means, and to ensure an open, secure and trustworthy online environment for businesses and consumers, in conformity with EU rules on data protection;
2020/04/27
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 53 #

2020/2023(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 3 a (new)
3 a. Underlines that the covid-19 pandemic directly affects the negotiation process; recognizes the willingness by both parties to continue negotiations during the covid-19 pandemic through virtual means in order to limit the extent of the delay; acknowledges that negotiations through virtual means pose additional challenges; calls on the parties to hold face-to-face meetings once this is deemed safe;
2020/05/28
Committee: AFETINTA
Amendment 55 #

2020/2023(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 3 b (new)
3 b. Strongly believes that the negative impact of the covid-19 pandemic on global trade and economic relations serves as an additional incentive to make substantial progress in the negotiations and work towards a comprehensive and ambitious partnership;
2020/05/28
Committee: AFETINTA
Amendment 66 #

2020/2023(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 4 – point iv
(iv) the safeguarding of the EU legal order and the role of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) as the sole body responsible for interpreting EU law in this respect;
2020/05/28
Committee: AFETINTA
Amendment 72 #

2020/2023(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 13 a (new)
13 a. Calls on the Parties to work towards simplification of their requirements and formalities for customs procedures in order to reduce the time and costs thereof for traders or operators, including small and medium-sized enterprises;
2020/04/27
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 91 #

2020/2023(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 5 a (new)
5 a. Recalls that without a balanced and long-term fisheries agreement that ensures reciprocal access to waters and resources with respect to the principle of sustainable management of fisheries and marine ecosystems and ensuring a level playing field, there will be no economic and trade partnership agreement;
2020/05/28
Committee: AFETINTA
Amendment 92 #

2020/2023(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 5 a (new)
5 a. Emphasises the importance of making substantial progress on all topics in parallel, including on those that showed limited to no progress such as the level-playing field, governance, law enforcement as well as the timely conclusion of a fisheries agreement;
2020/05/28
Committee: AFETINTA
Amendment 94 #

2020/2023(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 6
6. Emphasises the importance of being ready for the UK’s withdrawal from the internal market and the customs union at the end of the transition period on 31 December 2020, regardless of the outcome of the negotiations; stresses that the consequences will be even more significant should no agreement be reached; welcomes, in this regard, the Commission’s sector-specific ‘readiness notices’, which seek to ensure that EU industry is ready for the inevitable shock that the UK’s withdrawal from the single market will cause; encourages the European Commission and Member States to enhance their efforts in order to fully inform European citizens and businesses of the risks that the transition period might end before an agreement is reached, in order to allow for and support adequate preparedness to such an unintended but possible outcome.
2020/05/28
Committee: AFETINTA
Amendment 105 #

2020/2023(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 1 a (new)
1 a. Recalls the negotiating directives, which set out that Gibraltar will not be included in the territorial scope of the agreement to be concluded between the EU and the UK, and that any separate agreement will require the prior agreement of the Kingdom of Spain;
2020/05/28
Committee: AFETINTA
Amendment 119 #

2020/2023(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 7
7. Recalls that the Withdrawal Agreement is the instrument for implementing the arrangements for the UK’s withdrawal, that it is not subject to any sort of renegotiation of its provisions and that the onlysole purpose of the EU-UK Joint Committee is to oversee its application; underlines the importance of the effective implementation of the Withdrawal Agreement as a litmus test for the good faith that the UK brings to the negotiating process and recalls that the outcome of the negotiations would be linked to ion the future relationship should be linked to implementation of the Withdrawal Agreement;
2020/05/28
Committee: AFETINTA
Amendment 128 #

2020/2023(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 8
8. Insists on having solid guarantees that the UK will implementthe full implementation by the UK of the Withdrawal Agreement effectively and in its entirety before the end of the transition period; stresses that monitoring its implementation should be an integral part of the work on the future relations;
2020/05/28
Committee: AFETINTA
Amendment 130 #

2020/2023(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 8 b (new)
8 b. Pays special attention to the full respect of citizens' rights as defined in the Withdrawal Agreement; is determined to ensure that Member States fully respect and protect rights of British citizens living in the European Union under the Withdrawal Agreement; is equally committed to monitor closely that the UK fully respects and protects the rights of EU citizens living on its soil under the Withdrawal Agreement;
2020/05/28
Committee: AFETINTA
Amendment 131 #

2020/2023(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 8 a (new)
8 a. Insists the European Parliament to be fully and immediately informed of all the discussions held and decisions taken by the Joint Committee; recalls in this respect the obligations stemming from Council Decision (EU) 2020/135 of 30 January 2020 on the conclusion of the Agreement on the withdrawal of the United-Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community2, and in particular Article 2(3) thereof, which provides that Parliament must be in a position to exercise fully its institutional prerogatives throughout the Joint Committee proceedings;
2020/05/28
Committee: AFETINTA
Amendment 134 #

2020/2023(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 8 a (new)
8 a. Insists that the European Parliament is regularly informed regarding the implementation of the Withdrawal Agreement;
2020/05/28
Committee: AFETINTA
Amendment 135 #

2020/2023(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 8 c (new)
8 c. Notes with concern that the COVID19 pandemic had significant consequences on the possibility for EU citizens living in the UK to apply to the EU settlement scheme as front offices have been closed due to the lockdown decided by British authorities;
2020/05/28
Committee: AFETINTA
Amendment 146 #

2020/2023(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 9 a (new)
9 a. Emphasises the need to proceed with the necessary measures for the introduction of customs procedures for goods entering Northern Ireland from Great Britain, as well as necessary sanitary and phytosanitary controls and other regulatory checks;
2020/05/28
Committee: AFETINTA
Amendment 162 #

2020/2023(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 12
12. Takes note that the UK has chosen to establish its future economic and trade partnership with the EU on the basis of a ‘Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement’ as laid down in the UK’s Approach to Negotiations; emphasises that, while the European Parliament is supportive of the EU constructively negotiating a balanced, ambitious and comprehensive FTA with the UK, by its nature an FTA will never be equivalent to ‘frictionless’ trade; expresses concern at the intention of the UK government to move away from zero tariffs and zero quota and avoid any commitments on the level playing field; emphasizes, in this regard, that the agreement should ensure open and fair competition, and prevent distortions in trade and unfair competitive advantages; shares the Commission’s negotiating position whereby the scope and ambition of an FTA that the EU would agree to is conditional on the UK agreeing to provisions related to the level playing field, given the geographical proximity and integration of markets, as well as on the conclusion of an agreement on fisheries;
2020/05/28
Committee: AFETINTA
Amendment 179 #

2020/2023(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 13 – point i
(i) reciprocal arrangement for mutually beneficial market access for goods, services, public procurement, recognition of professional qualifications and where relevant foreign direct investment to be negotiated in full compliance with World Trade Organization (WTO) rules while recalling the necessary difference of treatment between a third country and a Member State;
2020/05/28
Committee: AFETINTA
Amendment 189 #

2020/2023(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 13 – point iii
(iii) while striving for the widest possible trade in goods, the Commission should evaluate possible quotas and tariffs for the most sensitive sectors as well as the need for safeguard clauses to protect the integrity and stability of the EU single market; reiterates, moreover, that for instance with respect to food and agricultural products, access to the single market ishould be conditional on strict complianceregulatory alignment with all EU laws and standards ensuring a level playing field, particularly in the fields of food safety, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), pesticides, geographical indications, animal welfare, labelling and traceability, sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) standards, and human, animal and plant health;
2020/05/28
Committee: AFETINTA
Amendment 208 #

2020/2023(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 13 – point vii
(vii) there should be opportunities for access to both Parties to public procurement markets beyond WTO Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) commitments, guaranteeing market access for EU companies in strategic sectors at all levels of government and a degree of openness equal to the EU’s public procurement markets; regrets the fact, in this regard, in specific areas at all level of governments without prejudice to their national rules aimed at protecting their essential security interests, guaranteeing market access for EU companies and a degree of openness equal to the EU’s public procurement markets; however, defence and security contracts will have to remain excluded from the provisions of the agreement; regrets the fact that the UK’s initial negotiating position does not cover public procurement;
2020/05/28
Committee: AFETINTA
Amendment 216 #

2020/2023(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 13 – point ix
(ix) an overarching chapter on the needs and interests of micro-enterprises and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with regard to market access facilitation issues including, but not limited to, compatibility of technical standards, and streamlined customs procedures with the aim of preserving and generating concrete business opportunities and fostering their internationalisation; noteregrets that the UK’s approach to the negotiations does not include specific provisions reflecting these objectives;
2020/05/28
Committee: AFETINTA
Amendment 247 #

2020/2023(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 16 – introductory part
16. Recalls its determination to prevent any kind of ‘dumping’ in the framework of the future EU-UK relationship; considerspoints out that a key outcome of the negotiations is to guarantee a level playing field through robust commitments and enforceable provisions on:
2020/05/28
Committee: AFETINTA
Amendment 249 #

2020/2023(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 16 – point i
(i) competition and State aid, which should prevent undue distortion of trade and competition and include provisions on state-owned enterprises; regrets, with regard to State aid, that the UK approach does not reflect the same ambition and only covers subsidies;
2020/05/28
Committee: AFETINTA
Amendment 253 #
2020/05/28
Committee: AFETINTA
Amendment 276 #

2020/2023(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 19
19. Reiterates the need to maintain high standards and a level playing field in the areas of medicinal products, medical devices, food safety and labelling, animal wellbeing and veterinary, phytosanitary, and environmental policy and standards;
2020/05/28
Committee: AFETINTA
Amendment 293 #

2020/2023(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 21
21. Recalls that this is contrary to the provisions of the Political Declaration, which envisages an ambitious, broad, deep and flexible partnership in the field of foreign policy, security and defence and contains a part dedicated specifically to the EU-UK future security partnership, and to which the UK has agreed;
2020/05/28
Committee: AFETINTA
Amendment 376 #

2020/2023(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 32
32. Points out that the entire Agreement with the UK as a third country, including among others provisions on the level playing field and fisheries, should include the establishment of a coherent and solid governance system as an overarching framework, covering the joint continuous supervision and management of the Agreement as well as dispute settlement and enforcement mechanisms with sanctions and interim measures where necessary with respect to the interpretation and application of the Agreement’s provisions;
2020/05/28
Committee: AFETINTA
Amendment 10 #

2020/2022(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 1 a (new)
1a. Stresses that specific attention be paid to ensure that no measures adopted affect or weaken the protection of freedom of expression;
2020/05/07
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 12 #

2020/2022(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 1 b (new)
1b. Believes that the Digital Services Act should respect the broad framework of fundamental European rights of users and consumers, such as the protection of privacy, non-discrimination, dignity, and free speech;
2020/05/07
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 14 #

2020/2022(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2
2. States that limited liability provisions as set out in the e-Commerce Directive1 must be maintained and strengthened in the Digital Services Act, including the long-established principle prohibiting general monitoring obligations, particularly in order to protect freedom of expression and the freedom to provide services; underlines the importance of these protections to the growth of European SMEs, as well as to better protect users’ fundamental rights in the digital environment and to tackle the spread of illegal content, with the purpose of fostering the creation of an open and competitive online ecosystem; _________________ 1 Directive 2000/31/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 8 June 2000 on certain legal aspects of information society services, in particular electronic commerce, in the Internal Market (‘Directive on electronic commerce’), OJ L 178, 17.7.2000, p. 1.
2020/05/07
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 28 #

2020/2022(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 3
3. Recognises that SMEs and large players have differing capabilities with regard to the moderation of content; warns that overburdening businesses with disproportionate new obligations could further hinder the growth of SMEs and require recourse to automatic filtering tools, which may often lead to the removal of legal content and may prevent them from entering the market, undermining the freedom to provide services; underlines in this regard the importance of stimulating the emergence of SMEs by lowering and removing market access barriers, accordingly;
2020/05/07
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 35 #

2020/2022(INI)

3a. Recalls that the e-commerce directive is the legal framework for online services in the Internal Market that regulates content management; stresses that any fragmentation of that framework, resulting from the revision of the e- commerce directive should be avoided;
2020/05/07
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 42 #

2020/2022(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 5
5. Recalls the fact that misinformative and harmful content is not always illegal and that not all types of illegal content are harmonised at EU level; calls, therefore, for the establishment of a well-defined notice-and-takedown process; supports an intensive dialogue between authorities and relevant stakeholders with the aim of deepening the soft law approach based on good practices such as the EU- wide Code of Practice on Disinformation, in order to further tackle misinformation;
2020/05/07
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 46 #

2020/2022(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 5 a (new)
5a. Stresses the need to distinguish between ‘illegal’, ‘harmful’, and other content; notes that while some content linked to religious belief or political positions for instance might be considered harmful without being illegal; considers that harmful legal content should not be regulated or defined in the Digital Service Act;
2020/05/07
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 47 #

2020/2022(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 5 a (new)
5a. Notes the importance of adopting further rules on digital advertising and ensuring full compliance with GDPR provisions, in order to avoid intrusive business models, behavioural manipulation and discriminatory practices, which have major effects on the Single Market and users’ fundamental rights, privacy and data security;
2020/05/07
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 58 #

2020/2022(INI)

6a. Believes that allowing new innovative business model to flourish and strengthening the Digital Single Market by removing barriers to the free movement of digital content, barriers which creates national fragmented markets and a demand for illegal content, have been proven to work in the past, especially in relation to the infringements of Intellectual Property rights;
2020/05/07
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 14 #

2020/2021(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital A a (new)
Aa. whereas ambitious sectoral EU policies, as well as the proper implementation and effective enforcement of existing rules are essential for a well- functioning sustainable single market;
2020/06/26
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 16 #

2020/2021(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital B
B. whereas we need a horizontal strategy for a sustainable sinternalgle market must be supported by a horizontal strategy that addresses the issue of premature obsolescence, while supporting, that will encourage sustainable patterns of production and consumption, provide innovation opportunities for businesses, and high level of consumer protection; this strategy should support sustainable growth, innovation and jobs;
2020/06/26
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 22 #

2020/2021(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital B b (new)
Bb. whereas effective methodologies and rules should be introduced for substantiating environmental claims in order to reduce ‘greenwashing’; whereas planned obsolescence of products should be tackled;
2020/06/26
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 23 #

2020/2021(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital B c (new)
Bc. whereas it is essential to mobilise sufficient funding, for example via Horizon Europe and InvestEU, to finance research and development of sustainable products;
2020/06/26
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 24 #

2020/2021(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital B d (new)
Bd. whereas a one-size-fits-all horizontal approach regarding product lifetime may be not the most effective; whereas different approaches that differentiate between different categories of products and take into account market and technological developments could be more appropriate;
2020/06/26
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 40 #

2020/2021(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital E
E. whereas the increasing digitalisation of our societies must help forge a sustainable market based on responsibility, transparency, information- sharing, and moderation; whereas online platforms could further deliver on their responsibility to provide consumers with reliable information on sustainability of products and services they offer;
2020/06/26
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 49 #

2020/2021(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital G
G. whereas advertising is used to persuade consumers to buy more, and this has environmental repercussions;deleted
2020/06/26
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 50 #

2020/2021(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital G
G. whereas advertising is used to persuade consumers to buy more, and this has environmental repercussionshas an effect on the levels and patterns of consumption and could encourage sustainable business and consumer choices; whereas misleading ‘green’ advertising should be tackled;
2020/06/26
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 55 #

2020/2021(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital G a (new)
Ga. whereas recent Eurobarometer figures show that around 68% of the EU citizens agree that consumption patterns adversely affect the environment in the EU and worldwide; whereas changing consumption and production habits is seen as an effective way to tackle environmental issues and move towards a sustainable Single Market;
2020/06/26
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 62 #

2020/2021(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital G b (new)
Gb. whereas developing a sustainable single market requires effective market surveillance to ensure compliance of products, including with certain environmental requirements;
2020/06/26
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 68 #

2020/2021(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Subheading 1
Consumer rights and clamping down on prematurelanned obsolescence
2020/06/26
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 71 #

2020/2021(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Subheading 1 b (new)
-1a. Stresses that completing and deepening the Single market is a precondition for the success of Europe’s transition to sustainable and circular economy; calls on the Commission and the Member States to address the existing regulatory and non-regulatory barriers stemming from restrictive and complex national rules, limited administrative capacities, and inadequate transposition and enforcement of EU rules; calls for more flexible and transparent governance of the internal market with more effective peer reviews and improved monitoring and performance tools;
2020/06/26
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 74 #

2020/2021(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Subheading 1 e (new)
-1d. Recalls that the European Union is both the world’s second largest economic power and the world’s largest trading power; points out that the single market is a powerful tool that must be used to develop sustainable and circular products or technologies that will become tomorrow’s standards, thus enabling citizens to purchase affordable products that are safer, healthier and more respectful of the planet;
2020/06/26
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 75 #

2020/2021(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Subheading 1 f (new)
-1e. Points out that both sustainable production and consumption should be promoted; considers in this regard that resource efficiency should be improved by increasing the circularity of value chains, reducing the consumption of resources, and cutting down on waste generation; stresses that a new economy comprising circular services should be developed;
2020/06/26
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 80 #

2020/2021(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 1 – introductory part
1. Calls on the Commission to devise a horizontal strategy that includesin consultation with all stakeholders to devise a horizontal strategy to encourage sustainable choices of both businesses and consumers, with measures that differentiate between categories of products, and take into account market and technological developments. This strategy should include the following measures to:
2020/06/26
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 88 #

2020/2021(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 1 – point a a (new)
aa) encourage manufacturers to consider the durability and reparability of products from the design stage, so as to ensure the placing on the market of sustainable, easily reparable and reusable products and a sustainable choice for consumers;
2020/06/26
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 90 #

2020/2021(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 1 – point b
b) introduce mandatory labelling, on the basis of common transparent standards, which, for comparison purposes, informs consumers at the time of purchase of the estimated lifetime of a product and sets out the options for repair,deleted
2020/06/26
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 136 #

2020/2021(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 2 – point a
a) security updates must continue throughout the estimated lifetime of the device, and for a minimum of five years,
2020/06/26
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 147 #

2020/2021(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 2 – point b a (new)
ba) security or any other software updates must never deliberately slow down devices or diminish their performance;
2020/06/26
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 151 #

2020/2021(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 3
3. PStresses the need for simple, effective and enforceable means of redress for both businesses and consumers; points out that consumers are all too often ill-informed about their rights and means of redress; calls for funding for measures to address this asymmetry of information and offer consumer associations support with their initiativessupport for the initiatives of business and consumer associations in this respect;
2020/06/26
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 156 #

2020/2021(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 3 a (new)
3a. Underlines the importance of ensuring information and consumer awareness of vulnerable groups, such as persons with disabilities, to increase consumer confidence in products with a long lifetime; considers that the Commission and the Member States should assist local and regional authorities, companies and consumer associations, in promoting exchanges of information and sharing of best practices throughout the EU;
2020/06/26
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 174 #

2020/2021(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 5 – introductory part
5. CAsks the Commission to assess the existing barriers preventing repairs, resales, donations and reuse and to propose measures to address those; calls on the Commission to establish a consumers’ right to repair with a view to making repairs, taking into account different product categories in order to encourage systematic and affordable: repairs:
2020/06/26
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 180 #

2020/2021(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 5 – point a
a) by guaranteeing, subject to rules on trade secrets, unrestricted access to repair and maintenance information and spare parts for all those involved in the repair industry and all consumers,
2020/06/26
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 188 #

2020/2021(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 5 – point b
b) by imposencouraging standardisation of spare parts, for the sake of interoperability while respecting product safety requirements and allowing for innovation,
2020/06/26
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 225 #

2020/2021(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 6 a (new)
6a. Stresses the importance of boosting circular economy business models, that will minimise destruction of products and promote repair and ‘reuse’; calls for ensuring R&D investments in this area; stresses the need for educational campaigns and training projects on ‘reuse’ for both businesses and consumers;
2020/06/26
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 228 #

2020/2021(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 6 b (new)
6b. Points out the existence of many discouraging practices by companies, which prevent technical, safety or software solutions by independent repairers and directly affect consumers’ choices of repair; calls for balanced approach that safeguards the enforcement of intellectual property rights on the one hand and ensures effective support for independent repairers on the other, in order to promote consumer choice and achieve an overall sustainable Single Market;
2020/06/26
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 231 #

2020/2021(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 7
7. PStresses the need to create incentives for consumers to buy second- hand goods; points out that transferring the guarantee in the event of the resale of a product which is still covered would boost consumer confidence in this market, and calls for guarantees to be linked to the item rather than the buyer;
2020/06/26
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 234 #

2020/2021(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 8
8. Calls for a system of extended guarantees forclear definition of reconditioned goods to beand for introduceding a system of extended guarantees for them on a broad scale, to supplement the initial legal guarantees, in order to support consumers and prevent malpractice;
2020/06/26
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 239 #

2020/2021(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 9
9. Welcomes the development of commercial models that separate consumption from material ownership,; stresses the need to facilitate rentals and calls for a robust assessment of the impact of the functionality economy and its potential rebound effects;
2020/06/26
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 244 #

2020/2021(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 9 a (new)
9a. Stresses the importance of a well- functioning internal market for secondary raw materials and recycled products; calls on the Commission to identify and remove existing barriers, as well as to accelerate requests for development of harmonised standards for these products;
2020/06/26
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 249 #

2020/2021(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 9 b (new)
9b. Highlights the role of the service sector in increasing accessibility and affordability of repairs, leasing and product-as-a-service; points out that completing the internal market for services will contribute to the transition to a more sustainable single market;
2020/06/26
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 255 #

2020/2021(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 10
10. Welcomes the announcement of a common database and of a ‘product passport’ to improve traceability and transparency; calls for these tools to be developed in such a way as to: a) storage; b) order to forestall technical lock-ins or the emergence of new obstacles; c) enable processing at EU level; d) and ambitious minimumdeleted facilitate decentralised data ensure system interoperability, in standards onise data exchange and protection, to be applied to both business-to-businstructuress transactions and business-to-consumer transactions, thereby significantly improving product traceability;o involve the adoption of guidelines
2020/06/26
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 256 #

2020/2021(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 10 – introductory part
10. Welcomes the announcement of a common database and of ambition of the Commission to develop digital ‘product passports’ to improve traceability and transparency; calls fhat will provide information on a product’s origin, durability, composition, reuse, repair, dismantling possibilities, and end-of-life handling; welcomes, furthermore these tools to be developed in such a way as to: intention to establish a common European data space for smart circular applications;
2020/06/26
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 258 #

2020/2021(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 10 – introductory part
10. Welcomes the announcement of a common database and of a ‘product passport’ to improve traceability and transparency; calls for these tools to be developed in such a way as to:
2020/06/26
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 259 #

2020/2021(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 10 – point a
a) facilitate decentralised data storage;deleted
2020/06/26
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 260 #

2020/2021(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 10 – point a
a) facilitate decentralised data storage;deleted
2020/06/26
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 261 #

2020/2021(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 10 – point b
b) ensure system interoperability, in order to forestall technical lock-ins or the emergence of new obstacles;deleted
2020/06/26
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 262 #

2020/2021(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 10 – point b
b) ensure system interoperability, in order to forestall technical lock-ins or the emergence of new obstacles;deleted
2020/06/26
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 264 #

2020/2021(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 10 – point c
c) standardise data structures to enable processing at EU level;deleted
2020/06/26
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 265 #

2020/2021(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 10 – point c
c) standardise data structures to enable processing at EU level;deleted
2020/06/26
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 266 #

2020/2021(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 10 – point d
d) involve the adoption of guidelines and ambitious minimum standards on data exchange and protection, to be applied to both business-to-business transactions and business-to-consumer transactions, thereby significantly improving product traceability;eleted
2020/06/26
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 267 #

2020/2021(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 10 – point d
d) involve the adoption of guidelines and ambitious minimum standards on data exchange and protection, to be applied to both business-to-business transactions and business-to-consumer transactions, thereby significantly improving product traceability;eleted
2020/06/26
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 272 #

2020/2021(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 11
11. Takes note of digital technologies’ contribution to innovation and in forging a more circular economy; calls for derogations to be made from intellectual property law to allow full use to be made of such technologies when in the public interest, for example during a health crisis;
2020/06/26
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 277 #

2020/2021(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 11
11. Takes note of digital technologies’ contribution to innovation and in forging a more circular economy; calls for derogations to be made from intellectual property law to allow full use to be made of such technologies when in the public interest, for example during a health crisis;on the Commission and Member States to increase funding for research and innovation in sustainable technologies;
2020/06/26
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 284 #

2020/2021(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 12 a (new)
12a. Stresses the importance of online platforms and online marketplaces for promoting sustainable products and services and encouraging sustainable consumption; calls for proactive measures to tackle misleading practices and disinformation regarding products and services offered online, including false ‘environmental claims’;
2020/06/26
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 288 #

2020/2021(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 13
13. Takes the view that public procurement should be central to the EU’s economic recovery plan, in line with the European Green Deal; calls for absolute priority to be given to stimulating demand for eco-innovative goods and services and ensuring access for small and medium- sized enterprises by introducing, inter alia, preferential award criteria;
2020/06/26
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 289 #

2020/2021(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 13
13. Takes the view that public procurement should be central to the EU’s economic recovery plan, in line with the European Green Deal; calls for absolute priority to be given to stimulating demand for eco-innovative goods and services and ensuring access for small and medium- sized enterprises by introducing, inter alia, preferential award criteria;
2020/06/26
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 304 #

2020/2021(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 14
14. Calls for the revision of EU public procurement legislation to make the use of sustainability criteria systematic through the setting of binding targets, aligned with EU environmental and climate policies, which foster sustainable and short supply chains;deleted
2020/06/26
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 325 #

2020/2021(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 16
16. Stresses the major role that advertising plays in ‘psychological obsolescence’, the phenomenon whereby a functioning product comes to be viewed as outdated; concludes that a regulatory framework in this area is crucial for the creation of a sustainable market;deleted
2020/06/26
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 328 #

2020/2021(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 16
16. Stresses the major roleNotes that advertising playhas ian ‘psychological obsolescence’, the phenomenon whereby a functioning product comes to be viewed as outdated; concludes that a regulatory framework effect on the levels and patterns of consumption and could encourage sustainable business and consumer choices; stresses the importance of responsible advertising this area is crucial for at respects public standards on environment and consumer healthe; creation of a sustainable marketalls for misleading advertising to be tackled;
2020/06/26
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 332 #

2020/2021(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 17
17. Calls for a ban on the advertising of services or products that are disproportionately damaging to the environment or consumer health;deleted
2020/06/26
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 333 #

2020/2021(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 17
17. Calls for a ban on the advertising of services or products that are disproportionately damaging to the environment or consumer health;deleted
2020/06/26
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 340 #

2020/2021(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 18
18. Calls for the introduction of an EU advertising tax in order to offset negative externalities resulting from increased consumption;deleted
2020/06/26
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 342 #

2020/2021(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 18
18. Calls for the introduction of an EU advertising tax in order to offset negative externalities resulting from increased consumption;deleted
2020/06/26
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 349 #

2020/2021(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 19
19. Urges strict regulation of targeted advertising to ensure it is not based on widespread user tracking or the gathering of personal data;deleted
2020/06/26
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 174 #

2020/2020(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 11 a (new)
11a. Stresses for physical cross-border services, during a crisis, the closing of borders must be done with care, based on better coordination between Member States and urgent efforts to reduce waiting time at the border; underlines that the Member States should also coordinate the adoption of specific transport related regulation with a goal to remove border controls and to lift regulator measures as soon as possible; stresses that, as national confinement rules are lifted, immediate focus must be directed towards the removal of border controls;
2020/06/17
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 187 #

2020/2020(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 13
13. Highlights that overriding reasons of public interest are too often invoked by Member States in a way that damages the single market for services; calls on the Commission to improve the monitoring of Member State performance in transposing and implementing legislation; recalls the important role of the newly formed Single Market Enforcement Task Force as a means to address these issues,
2020/06/17
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 209 #

2020/2020(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 17
17. UNotes that the coronavirus crisis has highlighted a lack of regulatory clarity and the lack of effective communication between Member States of often changing regulations; underlines the importance of the single digital gateway as an online access point for EU and national information, procedures and assistance services on the single market;
2020/06/17
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 1 #

2020/2019(INL)

Draft opinion
Recital B a (new)
Ba. Whereas the e-commerce Directive1a is the legal framework for online services in the internal market that regulates content management; whereas any fragmentation of that framework, which might result from the revision of the e-commerce Directive should be avoided; __________________ 1a Directive2000/31/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 8 June 2000 on certain legal aspects of information society services, in particular electronic commerce, in the Internal Market ('Directive on electronic commerce') (OJ L 178, 17.7.2000, p. 1)
2020/05/07
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 31 #

2020/2019(INL)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2
2. Welcomes efforts to bring transparency to advertising online and considers that further clarity and guidance is needed as regards professional diligence and obligations for platforms; believes that where advertisers and advertisement intermediaries are established in a third country, they should designate a legal representative, established in the Union, who can be held accountable for the content of advertisements, in order to allow for consumer redress in the case of false or misleading advertisements;
2020/05/07
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 40 #

2020/2019(INL)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 3
3. Asks the Commission to clarify what sanctions or other restrictions those advertisement intermediaries and platforms should be subject to if they knowingly accept false or misleading advertisements; believes that online platforms should activelythrough voluntary measures, monitor the advertisements shown on their sites, in order to ensure they do not profit from false or misleading advertisements, including from influencer marketing content which is not being disclosed as sponsored; underlines that advertisements for commercial products and services, and advertisements of a political or other nature are different in form and function and therefore should be subject to different guidelines and rules;
2020/05/07
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 55 #

2020/2019(INL)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4
4. While recalling earlier efforts, asks the Commission to further review the practice of End User Licensing Agreements (EULAs) and Terms and Conditions Agreements (T&Cs) and to seek ways to allow greater and easier engagement for consumers, including in the choice of clauses; notes that EULAs and T&Cs are often accepted by users without reading them; moreover notes that when a EULA and T&Cs does allow for users to opt-out of clauses, platformservice providers may require users to do so at each use, often in bad faith, to encourage acceptance;
2020/05/07
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 57 #

2020/2019(INL)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4 a (new)
4a. Believes that a summary text of a T&C and EULA, written in plain and clear language, including the option to "opt out" easily from optional clauses, should be displayed at the start of any such agreement; believes that the Commission should establish a template for T&Cs and EULAs summaries;
2020/05/07
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 64 #

2020/2019(INL)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 5
5. Underlines that EULAs and T&Cs should always make the sharing of all data with third parties optional unless vital to the functioning of the services; asks the Commission to ensure that consumers can still use a connected device for all its primary functions even if a consumer withdraws their consent to share non- operational data with the device manufacturer or third parties;
2020/05/07
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 85 #

2020/2019(INL)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 8 a (new)
8a. Asks the Commission to undertake a revision of Regulation (EU) No 910/20141a (the eIDAS Regulation) in the light of development of virtual identification technologies, including the use of identification applications, in order to ensure that a Virtual "ID" can be used in the same way as a physical card when consumers buy or pay for products and services; __________________ 1a Regulation (EU) No 910/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 July 2014 on electronic identification and trust services for electronic transactions in the internal market and repealing Directive 1999/93/EC (OJ L 257, 28.8.2014, p. 73).
2020/05/07
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 88 #

2020/2019(INL)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 8 b (new)
8b. Asks the Commission to explore the possibility to present, as part of the Digital Services Act Package several proposals, including on contractual rights in the context of supply of digital services, as referred to in recommendations set out in the Annex;
2020/05/07
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 89 #

2020/2019(INL)

Draft opinion
Annex (new)
ANNEX TO THE MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION: DETAILED RECOMMENDATIONS AS TO THE CONTENT OF THE PROPOSALS REQUESTED A. PRINCIPLES AND AIMS OF THE REQUESTED PROPOSALS OF THE DIGITAL SERVICES ACT PACKAGE The Digital Services Act package should consist of: · a comprehensive legislative proposal, revising the E-commerce Directive with the aim to improve the functioning of the internal market and the free movement of digital services; · a legislative proposal on ex-ante regulation of large platforms strengthening transparency, building on Regulation (EU) 2019/11501a (the Platforms to Business Regulation); · proposals on contractual rights in the context of supply of digital services, ancillary to the Digital Services Act, as part of a package, based on the recommendations set out in this Annex, following a thorough analysis of the transposition and implementation of recently adopted legal instruments in the area of consumer protection. B. RECOMMENDATIONS Recommendation 1 Purpose The proposals should aim to strengthen civil and commercial law rules applicable to commercial entities operating online with respect to digital services, including civil and commercial law aspects of distributed ledger technologies and, in particular, smart contracts. The proposals should also seek to make licensing and terms and conditions agreements more understandable, and give individuals a real option to opt-out of some clauses or to negotiate individual terms. Recommendation 2 Scope The proposals on contractual rights should only focus on civil and commercial law aspects and should not affect the E- commerce Directive. They should be without prejudice to the rules on advertising, set out by Directive 2005/29/EC on Unfair Commercial Practices. Recommendation 3 General principles Principle of transparency Any terms and conditions or other clauses of use should be easily accessible and easy to understand, and clear and plain language should be used, including with regard to End User Licensing Agreements (EULAs). The proposal should establish a template for a terms and conditions or EULA summary, to be displayed at the start of any such agreement. Principle of fairness Any terms and conditions or other clauses of use that are not strictly essential to provide a digital service or required by law should be amendable or removable before acceptance by an end-user (‘opt- out’). Businesses could equally limit some services if an individual should choose such ‘opt-outs’ but not deny access altogether or restrict essential elements of a digital service or a physical product linked or otherwise connected to a digital service. Principle of legal certainty It should be clearly established that whenever, among others, terms and conditions, EULAs, and smart contracts fall under the legal definition of a contract, all relevant provisions on consumer protection, set out in the Consumer Rights Directive, should apply. The proposal should seek to clarify if explicit consent can be assumed by the mere acceptance of terms and conditions or use of a digital service is done without evidence that an end-user has read such terms and conditions or other clauses of use. Penalties Member States should lay down the rules on penalties applicable to infringements of rules on contractual rights and take all measures necessary to ensure that they are implemented. The penalties provided for shall be effective, proportionate and dissuasive. __________________ 1aRegulation (EU) 2019/1150 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 June 2019 on promoting fairness and transparency for business users of online intermediation services (OJ L 186, 11.7.2019, p. 57).
2020/05/07
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 2 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Citation 2 a (new)
- having regard to the communication from the Commission of 11 January 2012, entitled “A coherent framework for building trust in the Digital Single Market for e-commerce and online services” COM/2011/0942 final,
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 5 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Citation 2 b (new)
- having regard to the Memorandum of Understanding on the sale of counterfeit goods via the internet of 21 June 2016 and its review in the Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council and the European Economic and Social Committee of 29 November 2017, entitled “ A balanced IP enforcement system responding to today's societal challenges” (COM (2017) 707) final,
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 6 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Citation 3 a (new)
- having regard to the Communication from the Commission of 28 September 2017, entitled “Tackling Illegal Content Online: Towards an enhanced responsibility of online platforms” (COM (2017) 555), and its Recommendation of 1 March 2018 on measures to effectively tackle illegal content online (COM (2018) 1177),
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 23 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Recital B
B. whereas the Directive 2000/31/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council2 (“the E-Commerce Directive”) has been one of the most successful pieces of Union legislation and has shaped the Digital Single Market as we know it today; whereas the E-Commerce Directive was adopted 20 years ago and no longer adequately reflects the rapid transformation and expansion of e- commerce in all its forms, with its multitude of different emerging services, providers and challengeswhereas since its adoption 20 years ago, the European Court of Justice has issued a number of judgments in relation to it; whereas the clarifications made by the European Court of Justice should be codified; __________________ 2 Directive 2000/31/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 8 June 2000 on certain legal aspects of information society services, in particular electronic commerce, in the Internal Market ('Directive on electronic commerce') (OJ L 178, 17.7.2000, p. 1).
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 33 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Recital C
C. whereas, despite the clarifications made by the European Court of Justice, the need to go beyond the existing regulatory framework is clearly demonstrated by the fragmented approach of Member States to tackling illegal content online, by the lack of enforcement and cooperation between Member State, currently Member States have fragmented approach to tackling illegal content online as, since the entry into force of Directive 2000/31/EC, some Member States have adopted their own rules on 'notice-and-action' mechanisms; whereas there are therefore increasing differences between such national rules; whereas, as a consequence, the service providers concerned cand by the inability of the existing legal framework to promote effective market entrye subject to a range of different legal requirements which are diverging as to their content and sconsumer welfarpe;
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 35 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Recital C a (new)
Ca. whereas a recent Parliament 1a study shows that the potential gain of completing the Digital Single Market for services could be up to €100 billion; whereas the Digital Services Act should not only be a way to regulate those services but should also aim at unlocking this potential to the benefit of the European economy; __________________ 1a“Europe’s two trillion euro dividend, Mapping the Cost of Non-Europe 2019- 2024”, EPRS, PE 631.745, April 2019
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 38 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Recital C b (new)
Cb. whereas the E-Commerce Directive provides the foundations for the Digital Single Market by setting out the country of origin principle, forbidding any form of prior authorisation, establishing a limited liability regime and a ban on a general monitoring obligation, and great care must be taken to not alter these principles if the Commission decides to propose to amend, widen, or limit this Directive;
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 39 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Recital D
D. whereas the social and economic challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic are showing the resilience of the e-commerce sector and its potential as a driver for relaunching the European economy; whereas, at the same time, the pandemic has also exposed serious shortcomings of the current regu the Commission contacted a number of platforms, social media, search engines and market places rapidly to require their cooperation in taking down scams from their platforms; whereas platfory framework which call for action at Union level to address the difficulties identified and to prevent them from happening in the futurems replied positively to this call for cooperation and since then a rapid and efficient information exchange is in place; whereas, at the same time, the pandemic has also shown that platforms and online intermediation services need to step up their efforts to rapidly detect and take down fake claims and tackling the misleading practices of rogue traders in a consistent and coordinated manner, in particular of those selling false medical equipment online; whereas this calls for action at Union level to have a more coherent and coordinated approach to combat these misleading practices;
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 46 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Recital D a (new)
Da. whereas scandals recently emerged regarding data harvesting and selling, Cambridge Analytica, fake news, political advertising and manipulation and a host of other online harms (from hate speech to the broadcast of terrorism);
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 48 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Recital D b (new)
Db. whereas Directive (EU) 2019/770, Directive (EU) 2019/771, and Directive (EU) 2019/2161 were all adopted less than a year ago and are still in the process of being implemented and transposed into national legislation;
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 49 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Recital D c (new)
Dc. whereas Regulation (EU) 2019/1150 on promoting fairness and transparency for business users of online intermediation services only came into force in July 2019 and is only binding on platforms from 12 July 2020;
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 50 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Recital D d (new)
Dd. whereas the COVID-19 pandemic has shown how vulnerable EU consumers are to misleading trading practices by dishonest traders selling illegal products online that are not compliant with Union safety rules or imposing unjustified and abusive price increases or other unfair conditions on consumers; whereas this problem is aggravated by the fact that often the identity of these companies cannot be established;
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 62 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 1
1. Welcomes the Commission’s commitment to submit a proposal for a Digital Services Act package, and, on the basis of Article 225 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU), calls on the Commission to submit such a package on the basis of the relevant Articles of the Treaties, following the recommendations set out in the Annex hereto;
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 81 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 2 a (new)
2a. Stresses that Commission should, ahead of a possible revision of the E- Commerce Directive, complete a full public consultation, including an in person stakeholder hearing, and a full impact assessment, take into account the lessons learned from the COVID-19 crisis and from the European Parliament resolutions; similarly, stresses that this must also apply to other potential pieces of the Digital Services Act package;
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 84 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 2 b (new)
2b. Underlines that, if a revision is approved by the co-legislators, that implementation of the final adopted legislations should be supported by the adoption of Vademecums and implementation guidelines;
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 88 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 3
3. Considers that the main principles of the E-Commerce Directive, such as the internal market clause, freedom of establishment and the prohibition on imposing a general monitoring obligation should be maintained; underlines that the principle of “what is illegal offline is also illegal online”, as well as the principles of consumer protection and user safety, should also become guiding principles of the future regulatory framework; at the same time, underlines the opposite must be equally true in that digital goods and services must be able to freely move within the Single Market similarly to the free movement of physical goods and offline services;
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 120 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 5
5. Takes the view that a level playing field in the internal market between the platform economy and the "traditional" offline economy, based on the same rights and obligations for all interested parties - consumers and businesses - is needed; considers that social protection and social rights of workers, especiallythe Digital Single Act should not tackle the issue of platform wor collaborative economy workers should be properly addressed in a specific instrument, accompanying the future regukers; notes that a report is being prepared by the relevant committee of the European Parliament on “Fair working conditions, rights and social protection for platfory frameworkm workers - New forms of employment linked to digital development”;
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 127 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 5 a (new)
5a. Calls on the Commission to focus its work and to ensure that any legislation is targeted and limited; encourages the Commission to refrain from any attempt to cover all long standing Digital Single Market issues within a single package; underlines that the previous Commission already had an extensive digital agenda and that there is a need to assess its effect before regulating again on the same issue; underlines in particular that Directive (EU) 2019/770 and Directive (EU) 2019/771 are still to be properly transposed and implemented; asks the Commission to take this into account before taking additional measures;
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 131 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 5 b (new)
5b. Recalls that a large number of legislative, administrative decisions, and contractual relationships uses the definitions and the rules of the E- Commerce Directive and that any change to them will therefore have important consequences; considers then that care must be taken before doing so;
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 144 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 6 a (new)
6a. Underlines that any future proposals should be based on the Single Market under Article 114 TFEU and support its completion; underlines that if the Commission believes proposals are needed for both matters covered by rules on competition (Title VII, Chapter 1 TFEU) and those covered by approximation of laws (Title VII, Chapter 3 TFEU), separate instruments should be used and proposed; underlines that any combination of measures under both policy areas (ex-ante and ex-post measures) into a single instrument could be viewed as the politicising of competition policy and therefore would harm the respect for competition policy decisions and their implementation by bodies world-wide;
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 146 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 6 b (new)
6b. Recalls that there is no consensus on the concept of data as a form of remuneration and therefore believes it would be premature to seek to change the scope of the E-Commerce Directive or base future measures upon this idea; notes that data is a non-consumable resource and can be exchanged an infinite number of times;
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 147 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 6 c (new)
6c. Stresses that any future legislative proposals should seek to remove current, and prevent potentially new barriers in the supply of digital services by online platforms; underlines, at the same time, that new Union obligations on platforms must be proportional and clear in nature in order to avoid unnecessary regulatory burdens or unnecessary restrictions; underlines the need to prevent gold- plating practices of Union legislation by Member States;
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 148 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 6 d (new)
6d. Recalls that the E-Commerce Directive was drafted in a technologically neutral manner in order to avoid amendments of the legal framework arising from the fast pace of innovation in the IT sector; asks the Commission to ensure that any revisions continue to respect this technologically neutral manner;
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 149 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 6 e (new)
6e. Considers that the future Digital Services Act should take the form of several regulations rather than directives in order to ensure a more harmonised application and avoid delays in its transposition;
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 152 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 7 a (new)
7a. Believes that the principles that governed the legislators when regulating information society services providers in the late 90’s are still valid and should be used when drafting any future proposals, namely: (a) To provide appropriate information on a wide scale (b) To prevent the creation of fresh obstacles and the re-fragmentation of the internal market (c) To reduce disputes to a minimum (d) To avoid the risks of over-regulation (e) To protect general interests more effectively and to identify any need for rules quickly (f) To step up administrative cooperation (g) To strengthen Union participation in international discussions;
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 175 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 9
9. Recalls that recent scandals regarding data harvesting and selling, Cambridge Analytica, fake news, political advertising and manipulation and a host of other online harms (from hate speech to the broadcast of terrorism) have shown the need to revisit the existing rules and reinforce fundamental rights;deleted
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 190 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 10
10. Stresses that the Digital Services Act should achieve the right balance between the internal market freedoms and the fundamental rights and principlestrengthen the internal market for services while protecting rights set out in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, in particular freedom of expression;
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 195 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 11
11. Notes that the COVID-19 pandemic has shown how vulnerable EU consumers are to misleading trading practices by dishonest traders selling fake or illegal products online that are not compliant with Union safety rules or imposing unjustified and abusive price increases or other unfair conditions on consumers;deleted
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 203 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 12
12. Stresses that this problem is aggravated by the fact that often the identity of these companies cannot be established;deleted
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 216 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 13
13. Considers that the current transparency and information requirements set out in the E-Commerce Directive on information society services providers and their business customers, that provide services to consumers (B2B2C) and the minimum information requirements on commercial communications, should be substantially strengthened;
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 231 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 14
14. Calls on the Commission to require intermediate service providers to verifycollect the information and identity of the business partners with whom they have a contractual commercial relationship, and to ensure that the information they provide is accurate and up-to-date when those business partners have a direct relationship with consumers through the intermediate service, and to ensure that the information is updated in case competent authorities informed the providers of any inaccuracy;
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 239 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 15
15. Calls on the Commission to introduce enforceable obligations on internet service providers aimed at increasing transparency and information, if proposing measures on internet service providers aimed at increasing transparency and information, to take into account the difference between the underlining hosting internet service provider on the one hand and a platform or other websites and its users on the other; stresses that internet service providers often have no contractual relations with a platform’s business users or consumers, including having no legal right to view or access data stored; asks the Commission to ensure that enforcement measures are targeted in a way that takes this difference into account and does not force the breach of privacy and legal process; considers that these obligations should be proportionate and enforced by appropriate, effective and dissuasive penalties;
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 250 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 15 a (new)
15a. Underlines the need for due process; stresses the need to prevent the abuse of transparency, redress and other systems by businesses in order to confront other businesses; believes that any revisions must seek to balance the rights of all users and ensure that the law is not drafted to favour one legitimate interest over another;
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 272 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 17
17. Believes that while AI-driven services, currently governed by the E- commerce Directive, have enormous potential to deliver benefits to consumers and service providers, the new Digital Services Act should also address the concrete challenges not already covered by current legislation that they present in terms of ensuring non-discrimination, transparency and explainabilityon the data sets and the explainability - to the extent possible - of algorithms, as well as liability; points out the need to monitor algorithms and to assess associated risks, to use high quality and unbiased datasets, as well as to help individuals acquire access to diverse content, opinions, high quality products and services;
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 281 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 17 a (new)
17a. Recalls that the protection of personal data subject to automated decision-making processes is already covered, among others, by the General Data Protection Regulation and none of the proposals should seek to repeat or amend such measures;
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 282 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 17 b (new)
17b. Underlines that algorithms can be protected as trade secrets within the meaning of the Directive 2016/943; stresses that any supervision of such algorithms, where needed, must be carried out by the national regulatory authority of the country of origin, on a case by case basis, only when a Member State has reason to believe that it has algorithmic bias, and be subject to clear confidentiality rules;
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 283 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 17 c (new)
17c. Believes that the focus of the Commission should be on potential bias within datasets or in the output, rather than on the algorithms themselves;
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 288 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 18
18. Considers that consumers shouldusers have the right to be properly informed and their rights should be effectively guaranteed when they interact with automated decision-making systems and other innovative digital services or applications; further considers that users should be informed when a service is personalised to its users and whether the personalisation can be switched off or otherwise limited; believes that it should be possible for consumusers to request checks and corrections of possible mistakes resulting from automated decisions, as well as to seek redress for any damage related to the use of automated decision-making systems;
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 297 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 18 a (new)
18a. Stresses that digital services should not exclusively use automated decision-making systems for consumer support;
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 303 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 19
19. Stresses that the existence and spread of illegal content online is a severe threat that, such as incitement to terrorism, illegal hate speech, or child sexual abuse material, as well as infringements of intellectual property rights and consumer protection online undermines citizens' trust and confidence in the digital environment, and which also harms the economic development ofharms healthy platform ecosystems in the Digital Single Market and severely hampers the development of legitimate markets for digital services;
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 310 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 19 a (new)
19a. Believes that allowing new innovative business models to flourish and strengthening the Digital Single Market by removing barriers to the free movement of digital content, barriers which creates national fragmented markets and a demand for illegal content, have been proven to work in the past, especially in relation to the infringements of intellectual property rights;
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 319 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 20
20. Notes that there is no ‘one size fits all’ solution to all types of Stresses the need to distinguish between ‘illegal and ’, ‘harmful content and cases of misinformation online; believes, however, that a more aligned approach at Union level, taking into account the different types of content, will make’, and other content; notes that some content linked to religious belief or political positions, for instance, might be considered harmful without being illegal; considers that 'harmful' legal content should not be regulated or defined in the fDight against illegal content more effectiveital Service Act as they are protected by the freedom of expression;
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 328 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 20 a (new)
20a. Stresses also that content that might be seen as 'illegal' in some Member States, may not be seen as such in others as only some type of 'illegal' content are harmonised in the EU; notes that there is therefore no ‘one size fits all’ solution to all types of 'illegal' content;
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 329 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 20 b (new)
20b. Believes, however, that a more aligned approach at Union level, taking into account the different types of content and online platforms and based on cooperation and exchange of best practices, will make the fight against 'illegal' content more effective;
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 330 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 20 c (new)
20c. Underlines the need to adapt the severity of the measures that need to be taken by service providers to the seriousness of the infringement, so that the fight against terrorism, illegal hate speech, or child sexual abuse material take clear precedence over other types of infringements;
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 340 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 21
21. Considers that voluntary actions and self-regulation by online platforms across Europe have brought some benefits, but and additional measures are needed in ordershould be taken to ensure the swift detection and removal of illegal content online;
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 342 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 21 a (new)
21a. Would welcome the adoption of measures which would allow online intermediaries to do further self-controls of content on their sites without fear of increased liability under the E-Commerce Directive; at the same time, disagrees with any measures which would require self- controls in order to qualify for limited liability protections;
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 345 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 21 b (new)
21b. Underlines, however, the need to prevent a general monitoring of content uploads and for a light-handed approach by online intermediaries as to user uploaded content of a non-commercial nature; underlines that algorithms are not able to fully understand context and the legal uses of content as outlined in EU and different national legislations; believes that filters based on algorithms alone systematically lead to the removal of legitimate content (‘false positives’) and the corruption of such systems to the benefit of unfair commercial practices; asks where there is a doubt as to a content being of an 'illegal' nature, that this content should not be removed before further investigation;
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 347 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 21 c (new)
21c. Asks the Commission to issue a study on the removal of content and data during the COVID-19 crisis by automated decision-making and the level of removals in error (false positives) that were included in the number of items removed;
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 364 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 22 a (new)
22a. Stresses that such a ‘notice-and- action’ mechanism must be human- centric and give the benefit of the doubt to users; underlines that safeguards against the abuse of the system should be introduced, including against repeated false flagging, unfair commercial practices and other schemes; underlines that for many small traders, the removal of even a single product can result in the collapse of a business;
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 368 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 22 b (new)
22b. Notes the challenges around the enforcement of legal injunctions issued within Member States other than the country of origin of a service provider; stresses the need to investigate this issue outside the scope of the Digital Service Act and any ‘notice-and-action’ mechanism;
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 371 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 23
23. Stresses that maintaining safeguards from the legal liability regime for hosting intermediaries with regard to user-uploaded content and the general monitoring prohibition set out in Article 15 of the E-Commerce Directive are still relevant and need to be preserved; in this context, underlines that the legal liability regime and ban on general monitoring should not be weakened via a possible new legislation or the amendment of other sections of the E-commerce Directive, including the amendment of the definitions laid down in the Directive;
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 386 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 23 a (new)
23a. Asks the Commission to review the Annex to the E-Commerce Directive and, where relevant, remove or further limit the derogations granted there; notes that a significant and ever increasing part of the Digital Single Market is made up of services included there within;
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 390 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 23 b (new)
23b. Notes that online intermediaries might encrypt or otherwise prevent outside access to their content by third parties, including hosting intermediaries, who do not have the encryption key; believes therefore that any requirements should take this and similar practical problems into account;
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 397 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 24
24. Notes that while online platforms, such as online market places, have benefited both retailers and consumers by improving choice and lowering prices, at the same time, they have allowed sellers, in particular from third countries, to offer products which often do not comply with Union rules on product safety and do not sufficiently guarantee consumer rightsan increasing number of non-compliant sellers - especially from third countries – are offering unsafe or illegal products in the European market;
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 421 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 26 a (new)
26a. Asks the Commission to act at global level for minimum requirements for business information disclosure when trading online with consumers, the promotion of good practice via the development of new guidelines and the use of existing standards and the creation of a network of consumer centres to help European consumers to handle disputes with traders based in non-EU countries;
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 426 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 26 b (new)
26b. Notes the continued issues of the abuse or wrong application of selective distribution agreements to limit the availability of products and services across borders within the Single Market and between platforms; asks the Commission to act on this issue within any wider review of Vertical Bloc Exemptions and other policies under Article 101 TFEU while refraining from its inclusion in the Digital Services Act;
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 428 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 26 c (new)
26c. Treatment of contracts [NEW SECTION TITLE]
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 429 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 26 d (new)
26 d. Asks the Commission to review all notifications under Article 9, paragraph 3 of the E-Commerce Directive and, where the Commission believes they are no longer merited, to require Member States to remove such requirements; asks, moreover, that this review take part every two years instead of five;
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 430 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 26 e (new)
26 e. Notes the rise of “smart contracts” based on distributed ledger technologies; asks the Commission to analyse if certain aspects of “smart contracts” should be clarified and if guidance should be given in order to ensure legal certainty for businesses and consumers; asks especially for the Commission to work to ensure that such contracts with consumers are valid and binding throughout the Union, that they meet the standards of consumer law, for example the right of withdrawal under Directive 2011/83/EU, and that they are not subject to national barriers to application, such as notarisation requirements;
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 431 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 26 f (new)
26 f. Asks the Commission, while recalling earlier efforts, to further review the practice of End User Licensing Agreements (EULAs) and Terms and Conditions Agreements (T&Cs) and to seek ways to allow greater and easier engagement for consumers, including in the choice of clauses; notes that EULAs and T&Cs are often accepted by users without reading them; notes, moreover, that when a EULA and T&Cs does allow for users to opt-out of clauses, service providers may require users to do so at each use, often in bad faith, to encourage acceptance;
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 460 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 28 a (new)
28a. Underlines that additional ex-ante regulation on small and medium-sized enterprises should be avoided wherever possible and that additional requirements on systemic platforms should not lead to additional requirements for those businesses that use them;
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 478 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 30
30. Considers that a central regulatory authority should be established which should be responsible for the oversight and compliance with the Digital Services Act and have supplementary powers to tackle cross-border issues; it should be entrusted with investigation and enforcement powAsks the Member States to strengthen national regulatory authorities with the financial means and staff to allow for full oversight of online intermediaries established within their territories; believes that the Commission, through the Joint Research Centre, should be empowered to provide expert assistance to the Member States, upon request, towards the analysis of technological, administrative, or other matters in relation to the Digital Single Market legislative enforcement; encourages the Member States to pool and share best practices between national regulators, and to grant regulators legal authority to communicate between themselves in a secure manners;
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 493 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 31
31. Takes the view that the centrnational regulatory authoritys should prioritise cooperation between Member States to address complex cross-border issues by working in close cooperation with a network of independent National Enforcement Bodies (NEBs);
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 497 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 32
32. Calls on the Commission to strengthen and modernise the current provisions on out-of-court settlement and court actions to allow for an effective enforcement and consumer redressconsumer redress; underlines that such measures should seek to support consumers that do not have the financial or legal means to use the court system and should not weaken the legal protections of small businesses and traders that national legal systems provide;
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 502 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 32 a (new)
32a. Calls on national regulators and the Commission to provide further advice and assistance to EUSMEs about their rights;
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 512 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Annex I – part I – paragraph 2
The Digital Services Act should guarantee that online and offline economic activities are treated equally and on a level playing field which fully reflects the principle that “what is illegal offline is also illegal online” and equally “what is legal offline is also legal online”;
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 522 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Annex I – part I – paragraph 5
The Digital Services Act should build upon the rules currently applicable to online platforms, namely the E-Commerce Directive and the Platform to Business Regulation1 while refraining from proposing measures that were rejected by the co-legislators during its negotiation. __________________ 1 Regulation (EU) 2019/1150 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 June 2019 on promoting fairness and transparency for business users of online intermediation services (OJ L 186, 11.7.2019, p. 57).
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 529 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Annex I – part I – paragraph 6 – indent 1 – subi. 1
- a revised framework with clear due diligence transparency and information obligations;
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 549 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Annex I – part II – paragraph 1
In the interest of legal certainty, the Digital Services Act should clarify which digital services fall within its scope. The new legal act should follow the horizontal nature of the E-Commerce Directive and apply not only to online platforms but to all digital services, which are not covered by specific legislation and which are targeted at the general public;
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 552 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Annex I – part II – paragraph 1 a (new)
Digital services which are closed in nature and offered in a purely business to business relationship should not be subject to the same requirements as services which are targeted at the general public or at consumers;
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 556 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Annex I – part II – paragraph 2
The territorial scope of the future Digital Services Act should be extended to cover also the activities of companies and service providers established in third countries, when they offertarget or direct services or goods to consumers or users in the Union;
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 558 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Annex I – part II – paragraph 3
The Digital Services Act should maintainreview the derogation set out in the Annex of the E- Commerce Directive, and, in particular,f deemed necessary, revise them, while maintaining the derogation of contractual obligations concerning consumer contracts;
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 561 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Annex I – part II – paragraph 4
The Digital Services Act should maintain the possibility for Member States to setseek to further harmonise consumer protection across the Union, in alignment with Directive (EU) 2019/770 and Directive (EU) 2019/771 and to maintain a higher level of consumer protection and pursue legitimate public interest objectives in accordance with EU law;
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 574 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Annex I – part III – paragraph 1 – indent 1
- clarify to what extent new digital services, such as social media networks, collaborative economy services, search engines, wifi hotspots, online advertising, cloud services, content delivery networks, and domain name services fall within the scope of the Digital Services Act;
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 577 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Annex I – part III – paragraph 1 – indent 2
- clarify the nature of the content hosting intermediaries (text, images, video, or audio content) on the one hand, and commercial online marketplaces (selling physical and digital goods) on the other;
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 588 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Annex I – part III – paragraph 1 – indent 4 a (new)
- refrain from seeking to define or act upon “harmful content”;
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 598 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Annex I – part III – paragraph 1 – indent 5 a (new)
- seek to codify the decisions of the European Court of Justice, where needed, and while having due regard to the main different pieces of legislation which use these definitions;
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 599 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Annex I – part IV – title
IV. DUE DILIGENCETRANSPARENCY AND INFORMATION OBLIGATIONS
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 604 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Annex I – part IV – paragraph 1 – introductory part
The Digital Services Act should introduce clear due diligence transparency and information obligations; those obligations should not create any derogations or new exemptions to the current liability regime and the secondary liability set out under Articles 12, 13, and 14 of the E-Commerce Directive and should cover the aspects described below:
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 606 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Annex I – part IV – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 1 – indent 1
- the information requirements in Article 5 and Article 6 of the E-Commerce Directive should be reinforced and the “Know Your Business Customer” principle should be introduced; services providers should verify in the case where providers of online intermediation services use an information society service as means to sell or communicate with consumers; for traders or other providers on marketplaces and advertisers, brokers or other providers of commercial communication, services providers should collect the identity of their business partners, including their company registration number or any equivalent means of identification including, if necessary, the verified national identity of their ultimate beneficial owner; that information should be accurate and up-to- date, and service providers should not be allowed to provide their services when the information is incomplete or when the provider has been informed by the competent authorities that the identity of their business customer is false, misleading or otherwise invalid;
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 616 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Annex I – part IV – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 1 – indent 2
- that measure should apply only to business-to-business relationships and should be without prejudice to the rights of users under the GDPR, as well as the right to internet anonymity or being an unidentified user; the new general information requirements should review and further enhance Articles 5, 6 and 10 of the E-Commerce Directive in order to align those measures with the information requirements established in recently adopted legislation, in particular the Unfair Contract Terms Directive5 , the Consumer Rights Directive and the Platform to Business Regulation. __________________ 5 Council Directive 93/13/EEC of 5 April 1993 on unfair terms in consumer contracts, most recently amended by Directive (EU) 2019/2161 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 November 2019 amending Council Directive 93/13/EEC and Directives 98/6/EC, 2005/29/EC and 2011/83/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the better enforcement and modernisation of Union consumer protection rules (OJ L 328, 18.12.2019, p. 7).
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 625 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Annex I – part IV – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 2 – indent 1
- to expressly set out in their contract terms and general conditions that service providers will not knowingly store illegal content;
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 633 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Annex I – part IV – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 2 – indent 4
- to ensure that the contract terms and general conditions comply with these and all information requirements established by Union lawUnion law, including any and all relevant information requirements, including those the Unfair Contract Terms Directive, the Consumer Rights Directive and the GDPR;
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 637 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Annex I – part IV – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 2 – indent 5
- to specify clearly and unambiguously in their contract terms and general conditions the exactmain parameters of their AI systems and how they can affect the choice or behaviour of their usersdetermining ranking content, and the reasons and importance of those parameters as opposed to other parameters.
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 639 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Annex I – part IV – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 2 – indent 5 a (new)
- start all Terms and Conditions agreements and all End-User Licensing Agreements with a summary statement based on a framework and document template, to be created by the Commission.
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 661 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Annex I – part IV – paragraph 1 – subheading 4 – indent 1
- establish comprehensive rules on non-discrimination, transparency on the data set, oversight and risk assessment of algorithms for AI- driven services by national regulator authorities in order to ensure a higher level of consumer protection where there are gaps in current legislation;
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 672 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Annex I – part IV – paragraph 1 – subheading 4 – indent 3 a (new)
- be on a case by case basis and not require a blanket investigation of all AI systems
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 674 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Annex I – part IV – paragraph 1 – subheading 4 – indent 3 b (new)
- allow authorities to check algorithms when they have justified reasons to believe that it has algorithmic bias,
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 676 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Annex I – part IV – paragraph 1 – subheading 4 – indent 3 c (new)
- be subject to clear confidentiality and protection of trade secret rules;
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 678 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Annex I – part IV – paragraph 1 – subheading 4 – indent 3 d (new)
- ensure that consumers are protected by the right to be informed and the right to an explanation of AI services, in addition to the right to switch off or limit an AI system using personalization where possible;
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 687 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Annex I – part IV – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 4
The compliance of the due diligence provisions should be reinforced with effective, proportionate and dissuasive penalties, including the imposition of fines.
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 710 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Annex I – part V – paragraph 1 – indent 4
- introduce new transparency and independent national oversight of the content moderation procedures and tools related to the removal of illegal content online; such systems and procedures should be available for auditing and testing by independentnational authorities. of the country of origin;
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 715 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Annex I – part V – paragraph 1 – indent 4 a (new)
- adapt the severity of the measures that need to be taken by service providers to the seriousness of the infringement;
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 717 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Annex I – part V – paragraph 1 – indent 4 b (new)
- ensure that the access and removal of illegal content does not require the closure of access to overall sites and services which are otherwise legal and only affect the exact noticed content.
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 725 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Annex I – part V – paragraph 2 – indent 2
- rank different types of providers, sectors and/or illegal content in order to appreciate the seriousness of the infringement;
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 736 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Annex I – part V – paragraph 2 – indent 7
- require notices to be sufficiently precise and adequately substantiated so as to allow the service provider receiving them to take an informed and diligent decision as regards the effect to be given to the notice and specify the requirements necessary to ensure that notices are of a good quality, thereby enabling a swift removal of illegal content; such requirement should include the name and contact details of the notice provider, the link (URL) to the allegedly illegal content in question, the stated reason for the claim including an explanation of the reasons why the notice provider considers the content to be illegal, and if necessary, depending on the type of content, additional evidence for the claim;
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 742 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Annex I – part V – paragraph 2 – indent 8
- allow for the submission of anonymous complaintsnotice provider to provide their contact details, without this being required, but while recording the IP address or other equivalent of the provider in order to prevent abuse;
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 747 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Annex I – part V – paragraph 2 – indent 9
- consider, when a complaint is not anonymous, a declaration of good faith that the information provided is accurate;
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 756 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Annex I – part V – paragraph 2 – indent 12 a (new)
- judicial injunctions issued in a Member State other than that of the online intermediaries should not be handle within the notice-and-action mechanism. The Commission should take due care in regards to the rules of private international law relating to conflicts of law and the jurisdiction of judicial authorities.
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 758 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Annex I – part V – paragraph 2 a (new)
The Digital Service Act notice-and-action mechanism should be based on the work of the Commission as carried out in 2012 and 2013, including the public consultations of a potential self-standing Directive on procedures for notifying and acting on illegal content hosted by online intermediaries.
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 759 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Annex I – part V – paragraph 2 b (new)
The Digital Service Act notice-and-action mechanism should be binding only for illegal content. This, however, should not prevent online intermediaries being able to adopt a similar notice-and-action mechanism for other content.
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 760 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Annex I – part V – paragraph 2 c (new)
The right to be notified before a decision is taken to remove a content and the right to issue a counter-notice by a user shall only be restricted or waived, where: (a) subject to a legal or regulatory obligation which requires online intermediation services to terminate the provision of the whole of its online intermediation services to a given user in a manner which does not allow it to respect that notice-and-action mechanism; (b) online intermediation services can demonstrate that the user concerned has repeatedly infringed the applicable terms and conditions, including by uploading multiple potential illegal contents.
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 771 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Annex I – part V – subheading 2 – indent 4 a (new)
- an out-of-court dispute settlement mechanism should meet certain standards, notably in terms of procedural fairness, a presumption of innocence or lack of malicious intent by the content provider and that abuse is avoided.
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 778 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Annex I – part V – paragraph 3 – introductory part
The notice-and-action mechanisms should be transparent and available to any interested party; to that end, online intermediaries should be obliged to publish annual reports with information on:
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 782 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Annex I – part V – paragraph 3 – indent 5
- the description of the content moderation model applied by the hosting intermediary, as well as any algorithmic decision making which influences the content moderation process.
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 788 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Annex I – part V – paragraph 3 a (new)
They should be required to update this report on an annual basis where there is a significant change from one year to the next or where a provider is a "systemic platform".
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 789 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Annex I – part V – paragraph 3 b (new)
The obligation to publish and the required detail of this report should take into account the size or the scale on which online intermediaries operate and whether they have only limited resources and expertise and if there is a need for effective and appropriate safeguards accompanying such mechanisms.
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 794 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Annex I – part V – paragraph 5
The Digital Services Act should address the lack of legal certainty regarding the concept of active vs passive hosts. The revised measures should clarodify if interventions by hosting providers having editorial functions and a certain “degree of control over the data,” through tagging, organising, promoting, optimising, presenting or otherwise curating specific content for profit- making purposes and which amounts to adoption of the third-party content as one’s own (as judged by average users or consumers) should lead to a loss of safe harbour provisions due to their active naturethe jurisprudence of the European Court of Justice on the matter.
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 799 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Annex I – part V – paragraph 5 a (new)
The Digital Service Act should maintain its protections of non-active providers and other backend and infrastructure services which are not party to the contractual relations between online intermediaries and its business or private customers. Such backend services should not be held liable for actions which they did not have an active overarching decision making role and which merely implement decisions by the online intermediaries or its customers.
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 800 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Annex I – part V – paragraph 5 b (new)
New proposals of obligations on content management and moderation, if deemed necessary beyond a notice-and-action mechanism, should be only possible within the framework of the suggested regulation on ex-ante measures for significant market players.
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 802 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Annex I – part V – paragraph 6
The Digital Services Act should maintain the ban on general monitoring obligation under Article 15 of the current E- Commerce Directive. Online intermediaries should not be subject to general monitoring obligations, including any requirements for ex-ante control measures based on automated tools or upload-filtering of content.
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 805 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Annex I – part V – paragraph 6 a (new)
The Digital Service Act, however, may allow for voluntary actions which would allow for online intermediaries to take social responsibility without losing the protections of article 14.
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 824 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Annex I – part VI – paragraph 2 – indent 5
- once products have been identified as unsafe by the Union’s rapid alert systems or by consumer protection authorities, it should be compulsory to remove products from the marketplace within 24 hourstwo working days of receiving notification;
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 835 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Annex I – part VI – paragraph 2 – indent 7 a (new)
- explore the option that suppliers which are established in a third country have to designate a legal representative, established in the Union, who can be held accountable for the selling of products to European consumers which do not comply with Union rules of safety;
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 838 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Annex I – part VI – paragraph 2 – indent 8
- address the liability for online marketplaces if the online marketplace has not informed the consumer that a third party is the actual supplier of the goods or services, thus making the marketplace contractually liable vis-à-vis the consumer; liability should also be considered in case the marketplace willingly provides misleading information, guarantees, or statements;
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 852 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Annex I – part VII – paragraph 1 a (new)
The Digital Services Act should do so in a separate instrument than the revision of the E-Commerce Directive.
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 855 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Annex I – part VII – paragraph 2 – indent 1
- set up an ex-ante mechanism to prevent (instead of merely remedy) unfair market behaviour by “systemic platforms” in the digitalhat lays down conditions, which if met, woruld, building on the Platform to Business Regulation; such mechanism should allow regulatory author require additional transparency measures and requirements, in additieson to impthose remedies on these companies in order to address market failures, without the establishment of a breach of regulatory rulesin the Platform to Business Regulation;
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 861 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Annex I – part VII – paragraph 2 – indent 2
- empower regulatory authorities to issue orders prohibiting undertakings, which have been identified as “systemic platforms”, from the following practices, inter alia:such a mechanism should allow the national regulatory authority of the country of origin to impose remedies on these companies in order to address market failures, based on the conditions within the legal instrument and a closed list of positive and negative actions. This report should not prejudge of this list and the impact assessment should make a thorough analysis of the different issues observed on the market so far such as: - discrimination in intermediary services; - making the use of data for making market entry by third parties more difficult; and engaging in practices aimed at locking-in consumers; undertakings should be given the possibility to demonstrate that the behaviour in question is justified, yet they should bear the burden of proof for this;- lack of interoperability and appropriate tools, data, expertise, and resources deployed to allow consumers switch between digital platforms or internet ecosystems - obligations on content management and moderation, such as content recommendations and personalisation of a user interface.
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 867 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Annex I – part VII – paragraph 2 – indent 2 a (new)
- empower the Commission to impose further conditions and decisions in relation to the rules of competition, including on self-preferencing and overall vertical integration, while ensuring that both policy tools are completely independent;
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 868 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Annex I – part VII – paragraph 2 – indent 2 b (new)
- reserve to the Commission the power to decide if an information society service provider is a “systemic platform” based on the conditions of the mechanism;
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 870 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Annex I – part VII – paragraph 2 – indent 3
- clarify that some regulatory remedies should be imposed on all ”systemic platforms” without the need for a decision by a regulatory authority, such as prohibition for “systemic platforms” to engage in self-preferencing or in any practices aimed at making it more difficult for consumers to switch suppliers, or other forms of discrimination that exclude or disadvantage other businesses;deleted
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 879 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Annex I – part VII – paragraph 2 – indent 6
- impose high levels of interoperability measures requiring “systemic platforms” to share appropriate tools, data, expertise, and resources deployed in order to limit the risks of users and consumers’ lock-in and the artificially binding users to one systemic platform with no possibility or incentives for switching between digital platforms or internet ecosystems. As part of those measures, the Commission should explore different technologies and open standards and protocols, including the possibility of a mechanical interface (Application Programming Interface) that allows users of competing platforms to dock on to the systemic platform and exchange information with it.deleted
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 891 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Annex I – part VIII – paragraph 1
The Digital Services Act should strengthen the internal market clause as the cornerstone of the Digital Single Market by complementing it with a new cooperation mechanism aimed at improving the cooperation and upon request and voluntary mutual assistance between Member States, in particular between the home country where the service provider is established and the host country where the provider is offering its services.
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 896 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Annex I – part VIII – paragraph 2
The supervision and enforcement the Digital Services Act should be improved by the creation of central regulatory authority who should be responsiblegiving additional powers to the national regulator of the country of origin for overseeing compliance with the DSA and improve external monitoring, verification of platform activities, and better enforcement.
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 902 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Annex I – part VIII – paragraph 3
The centrNational regulatory authorityies should prioritise cooperation between the Member States to address complex cross-border issues; to that end, it should work together with the network of independent NEBs and have detailed and extensive enforcement powers to launch initiatives and investigations into cross-border systemic issues.
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 906 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Annex I – part VIII – paragraph 4
The central regulator should coordinateCommission, through the Joint Research Centre, should offer their expertise and analysis upon request, including aid during investigations, to the work of the different authorities dealing with illegal content online, enforce compliance, fines, and be able to carry out auditing of intermediaries and platforms.
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 916 #

2020/2018(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Annex I – part VIII – paragraph 5
The central regulator should report to the Union institutions anCommission could maintain a ‘Platform Scoreboard’ with relevant information on the performance of online platforms.
2020/05/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 28 #

2020/2017(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2
2. Calls on the Commission to include the education sectoruses of certain AI applications in the education sector that are subject to certification schemes or include sensitive personal data in the regulatory framework for high-risk AI applications given the importance of ensuring that education continues to contribute to the public good and given the high sensitivity of data on pupils, students and other learners; underlines that data sets used to train AI should be reviewed to avoid reinforcing gender stereotypes and other biases;
2020/04/15
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 51 #

2020/2017(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 3
3. Expresses its concern that schools and other public education providers are becoming increasingly dependent on educational technology services, including AI applications, provided by just a few technology companies; stresses that this may lead to unequal access to data and limit competition by restricting consumer choice; calls for this data to be shared with the relevant public authorities so it can be used in the development of curricula and pedagogical practices (in particular since these services are purchased with public money or offered to public education providers for free, and because education is a common good)accessible by the general public (following open access principles without harming copyright and trade secret legislation) in a standardised way so it can be used for the assessment, improvement and new development of curricula and pedagogical practices; technologies used by public education providers or purchased with public money should be based on open- source technology where possible;
2020/04/15
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 72 #

2020/2017(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4
4. Stresses the importance of putting in place a proper framework for the public procurement of such services for the public sector, including for education providers, to ensure consumer choice and the respect of fundamental rights; stressesmaking full use of the public procurement directives and to train public buyers adequately, to ensure consumer choice and the respect of fundamental rights for the procurement of such services in the public sector; stresses to that effect the need for public buyers to take into account specific criteria, such as non- discrimination and data privacy, and, specifically when purchasing services for public education providers, the involvement of educators and learners;
2020/04/15
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 23 #

2020/2016(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 1
1. Considers that AI used by police and judicial authorities has to be generally categorised as high-risk, given that the role of these authorities is to defend the public interest; considers that the EU should take the lead in laying down basic rules on the development and use of AI by public institutions to ensure the same high level of consumer protection across the EU;
2020/06/17
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 34 #

2020/2016(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2
2. Stresses that AI should help to ease the administrative burden on public authorities, without ever fully replacing human decisions, and that AI systems should rely on human oversight;
2020/06/17
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 49 #

2020/2016(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4
4. Emphasises that data collection and the monitoring of individuals should be limited to criminal suspects and court approved surveillance;
2020/06/17
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 57 #

2020/2016(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 6
6. Recalls the high risk of abuse of certain types of AI, including facial recognition technologies in public spaces, automated behaviour detection andor profiling to divide people into risk categories at borders, and calls on the Commission to ban them;, and calls on the Commission to ensure that public authorities conduct proper impact assessments on the use of remote biometric recognition technologies prior to using them; welcomes the Commission's ongoing work to assess the use of biometric technologies and to consider regulatory options, including their ban in specific circumstances, and introduce necessary safeguards where their use is justified
2020/06/17
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 67 #

2020/2016(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 7 a (new)
7 a. Emphasises that where decision making is assisted by statistical calculations, such as at probation hearings, the decision makers need to be trained about the general biases statistical calculations carry and made aware about the specific biases of calculation in the particular situation;
2020/06/17
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 68 #

2020/2016(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 7 b (new)
7 b. Recalls the right of rectification established in Regulation (EU) 2016/679 (General Data Protection Regulation) and stresses the particular importance of accurate data sets, when these are used to assist administrative decisions; calls on the Commission to examine the benefits of ensuring transparency regarding the individual data included in the particular calculation and an accompanying procedure for rectification.
2020/06/17
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 3 #

2020/2015(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 1
1. Recalls the potential that AI has to deliver innovative services to businesses, consumers and the public sector; underlines that the development and use of AI in the internal market will depend onbenefit from a balanced and effective system of intellectual property rights (IPRs);
2020/05/07
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 12 #

2020/2015(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2
2. Believes that disruptive technologies such as AI offer both small and large companies the opportunity to develop market-leading products; considers that all companies shouldcan benefit from equally efficient and effective IPR protection;
2020/05/07
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 23 #

2020/2015(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 3
3. Calls on the Commission and the Member States to offer support to start-ups and SMEs via the Single Market Programme and Digital Innovation Hubs to develop and protect their products;
2020/05/07
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 28 #

2020/2015(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4 a (new)
4a. Stresses that besides protecting IPRs, it is in the interest of consumers to have legal certainty about allowed uses of protected works, especially when it comes to complicated algorithmic products;
2020/05/07
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 33 #

2020/2015(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 5
5. Believes that the challenge of assessing AI applications requires the development of new methods; notes, for instance, that adaptive learning systems may recalibrate following each input, making certain ex ante disclosures alone ineffective;
2020/05/07
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 36 #

2020/2015(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 6
6. Considers that where AI applications are certified, they should demonstrate transparency, explainability and adherence to ethical standards, but notes that this aim isheir adherence to ethical standards, their processes need to be transparent, and their decisions should be explainable to the extent possible, but notes that these objectives are not necessarily achieved only, or at all,solely through simple disclosure of the algorithm or code;
2020/05/07
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 42 #

2020/2015(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 7
7. Calls on the Commission to consider how to assess products in a modular way or with the use of verification toolways that would allow productsthem to be adequately tested without creating risks for IPR holders due to extensive disclosure of easily replicated productinappropriate risks of potential disclosure for IPR holders.
2020/05/07
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 3 #

2020/2013(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 1
1. Recalls that it follows from Directive (EU) 2018/958AI should be a human-centric technology and that humans must always bear ultimate responsibility for decision-making that involves risks to the achievement of public interest objectives; stresses that machines should not be enabled to harm the physical integrity of human beings nor to confer rights or impose legal obligations on individuals; welcomes international efforts to ban lethal autonomous weapon systems without meaningful human control and calls upon the Commission to be in the lead to support these efforts;
2020/06/05
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 6 #

2020/2013(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 1 a (new)
1a. Believes that the EU should aim to act as a norm-setter for AI in a hyper- connected world by adopting an efficient strategy towards its external partners, fostering its efforts to set global ethical norms for AI at international level in line with European values and fundamental rights; considers that this is also key for the competitiveness of our European companies; calls on the Commission and Member States to cooperate with third countries to avoid their AI systems violating consumer rights and safety;
2020/06/05
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 7 #

2020/2013(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 1 b (new)
1b. Calls on the Commission to increase cooperation at the international level on AI, coordinating work on AI with the OECD and promoting our future EU model on AI on the international scene; believes that the G7 and G20 are also major fora where the EU can play a determining role, as a first step to reaching a global consensus in the UN;
2020/06/05
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 9 #

2020/2013(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2
2. NHighlights that AI technologies have been key to addressing the COVID- 19 crisis and will continue to be as countries ease the lockdown measures further and seek solutions to prevent new waves of the virus; notes that in the COVID-19 health crisis, several Member States have launched the development of mobile apps to protect public health by alerting citizens to pastof whether they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for the virus; calls for a common EU approach to AI-enabled mobile apps, the development of which must remain under state controlmobile contact- tracing apps that are interoperable, voluntary, secure and protect individual privacy; notes that while AI may be useful in analysing data to enable health experts to, for instance, predict future hotspots, the potential for privacy breaches or misuse of sensitive health-related data means that sufficient safeguards must be in place; recalls that the GDPR must be respected and that data used must be anonymised;
2020/06/05
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 22 #

2020/2013(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 3
3. Recalls that the principle of proportionality needs to be respected and that questions of causality and liability need to be clarified to determine the extent to which the State as an actor in public international law, but also in exercising its own authority, can actually transfer that authority to systems based on AI, which have a certain autonomy, without breaching obligations stemming from international law, such as due process;
2020/06/05
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 26 #

2020/2013(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4
4. Urges, therefore, the Member States to assess the risks related to AI- driven technologies before automating activities connected with the exercise of State authority, such as the proper administration of justice; calls on the Member States to consider the need to provide for safeguards, foreseen in Directive (EU) 2018/958, such as supervision by a qualified professional and rules on professional ethics;
2020/06/05
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 29 #

2020/2013(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4 a (new)
4a. Recalls that the first offensive use of weapons based on artificial intelligence have been cyberattacks which directly or indirectly affect EU citizens and companies, with techniques ranging from political hacking to stealing of trade secrets; therefore urges the Member States and the Commission to take those threats seriously and invest heavily to achieve a high level of overall digital literacy, security research and use of open-source technology to reduce dependencies on third-country vendors and strengthen the single market;
2020/06/05
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 32 #

2020/2013(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4 b (new)
4b. Underlines that self-driving cars, ships and other means of transportation may ultimately operate transnationally and that this can raise new questions of interpretation and application of international law; urges the Commission to engage with international partners on this matter;
2020/06/05
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 33 #

2020/2013(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4 c (new)
4c. Considers that the development of AI also entails opportunities to improve global market surveillance and address product safety, counterfeiting and consumer protection in a much more effective way and on a large scale;
2020/06/05
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 36 #

2020/2013(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 5
5. Believes that Member States and the Commission should promote AI technologies that work for people; calls on the Member States, in close cooperation with the Commission, to develop AIopen- source applications aimed at automating and facilitating e-government services, for example in the area of tax administration; underlines that explainable algorithms, open data and public source-codes are important to ensure that businesses and consumers benefit from betterinnovative, non- discriminatory and reliable public services at a lower cost all over Europe in a compatible way.
2020/06/05
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 7 #

2020/2012(INL)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 1
1. Underlines the importance of an EU regulatory framework of ethical aspects being applicable where consumers within the Union are users of or subject to an algorithmic system, irrespective of the place of establishment of the entities that develop, sell or employ the system;
2020/05/19
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 8 #

2020/2012(INL)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 1
1. Underlines the importance of an EU regulatory framework being applicable where consumers within the Union are users of or subject todirected towards or targeted by an algorithmic system, irrespective of the place of establishment of the entities that develop, sell or employ the system;
2020/05/19
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 10 #

2020/2012(INL)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2
2. Notes that the framework should apply to algorithmic systems, including the fields of artificial intelligence, machine learning, deep learning, automated and assisted decision making processes and robotics;
2020/05/19
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 13 #

2020/2012(INL)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2 a (new)
2a. Believes that the Commission should complete a full review of the existing legislation in order to identify legislative gaps; underlines in that regard the extensive legislation already in force that guarantees for instance that products and services placed on the Union market are safe and do not harm people, respect their privacy and follow stringent environmental rules; calls on the Commission to refrain from adopting a legislative act that would double, overlap or contradict those sector-specific legislations;
2020/05/19
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 15 #

2020/2012(INL)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2 b (new)
2b. Points out that the legislative framework introduced by Decision No 768/2008/EC1a provides for a harmonised list of obligations for producers, importers and distributors, encourages the use of standards and foresees several levels of control depending on the dangerousness of the product; considers that this framework should also apply to AI imbedded products; __________________ 1aDecision No 768/2008/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 9 July 2008 on a common framework for the marketing of products, and repealing Council Decision 93/465/EEC (OJ L 218, 13.8.2008, p. 82).
2020/05/19
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 17 #

2020/2012(INL)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2 c (new)
2c. Considers that for the future legislation to apply, legal obligations need to be very precise and avoid to refer to general principles in order to ensure that they are implementable by economic operators;
2020/05/19
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 18 #

2020/2012(INL)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2 d (new)
2d. Considers that mandatory rules as regards the regulatory framework of ethical aspects should be limited to practices that would undoubtedly undermine fundamental rights and freedoms;
2020/05/19
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 19 #

2020/2012(INL)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 3
3. Stresses that any future regulation of ethical aspects should follow a differentiated risk-based approach, based on the potential harm for the individual as well as for society at large, taking into account the specific use context of the algorithmic system; legal obligations should gradually increase with the identified risk level; in the lowest risk categoryies there should be no additional legal obligations; algorithmic systems that may harm an individual, impact an individual’s access to resources, or concern their participation in society shall not be deemed to be in the lowest risk category; thisthe risk-based approach should follow clear and transparent rules;
2020/05/19
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 24 #

2020/2012(INL)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 3
3. Stresses that any future regulation should follow a differentiated risk-based approach, based on the potential harm for the individual as well as for society at large, taking into account the specific use context of the algorithmic system; legal obligations should gradualonly increase with the identifiedin accordance with the proven risk level; in the lowest risk category there should be no additional legal obligations; algorithmic systems that may harm an individual, impact an individual’s access to resources, or concern their participation in society shall not be deemed to be in the lowest risk category; this risk-based approach should follow clear and transparent rules;
2020/05/19
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 33 #

2020/2012(INL)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4
4. Underlines the importance of an ethical and regulatory framework including in particularunlocking large amounts of high quality data to train AI systems; highlights that an ethical regulatory framework should include provisions on the quality of data sets used in algorithmic systems, especiallyfor instance regarding the representativeness of training data used, on the de-biasing of data sets, as well as on the algorithms themselves, and on data and aggregation standards;
2020/05/19
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 34 #

2020/2012(INL)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4
4. Underlines the importance of an ethical and regulatory framework framework of ethical aspects including in particular provisions on the quality of data sets used in algorithmic systems, especially regarding the representativeness of training data used, on the de-biasing of data sets, as well as on the algorithms themselves, and on data and aggregation standards;
2020/05/19
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 41 #

2020/2012(INL)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 5
5. Believes that consumers should be adequately informed in a timely, impartial, easily-readable, standardisedhave the right to be informed in an understandable, and accessible manner about the existence, process, rationale,and reasoning and possible outcome of algorithmic systems, about how to reach a human with decision- making powers, and about how the system’s decisions can be checked, meaningfully contested and corrected; believes that consumers should also be protected by the right to switch off or limit an AI system using personalisation where possible;
2020/05/19
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 49 #

2020/2012(INL)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 5
5. Believes that consumers should be adequately informed in a timely, impartial, easily-readable, standardised and accessible manner about the existence, process, rationale, reasoning and possible outcome of algorithmic systems, about how to reach a human with decision- making powers, and about how the system’s decisions can be checked, meaningfully contested and corrected;
2020/05/19
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 66 #

2020/2012(INL)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 7
7. Stresses that where public money contributes to the development or implementation of an algorithmic system, the code, the generated data -as far as it is non- personal- and the trained model should be public by default, to enable transparency and reuse, among other goals, to maximise the achievement of the Single Market, and to avoid market fragmentation;
2020/05/19
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 82 #

2020/2012(INL)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 8
8. Underlines the importance of ensuring that the interests of marginalised and vulnerable consumers and groups are adequately taken into account and represented in any future regulatory framework of ethical aspects; notes that for the purpose of analysing the impacts of algorithmic systems on consumers, access to data should be extended to appropriate parties notably independent researchers, media and civil society organisations, while fully respecting Union data protection and privacy law; recalls the importance of training and giving basic skills to consumers to deal with algorithmic systems in order to protect them from potential risks and detriment of their rights;
2020/05/19
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 83 #

2020/2012(INL)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 8
8. Underlines the importance of ensuring that the interests of marginalised and vulnerable consumers and groups are adequately taken into account and represented in any future regulatory framework; notes that for the purpose of analysing the impacts of algorithmic systems on consumers, access to data should be extended to appropriate parties notably independent researchers, media and civil society organisations, while fully respecting Union data protection and privacy law; recalls the importance of training and giving basic skills to consumers toeducating consumers to be more informed when dealing with algorithmic systems in order to protect them from potential risks and detriment ofuphold their rights;
2020/05/19
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 91 #

2020/2012(INL)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 9
9. Underlines the importance of achieving a high-level of overall digital literacy and of training highly skilled professionals in this area ands well as ensuring the mutual recognition of such qualifications across the Union;
2020/05/19
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 105 #

2020/2012(INL)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 10
10. Calls for the Union to establish a Europeanuse of existing bodies on either Union or member state level to conduct market surveillance structure for algorithmic systems issuing guidance, opinions and expertise to Member States’ authorities;
2020/05/19
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 111 #

2020/2012(INL)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 11
11. Notes that it is essential for the software documentation, the algorithms and data sets used to be fully accessible to market surveillance authorities, while respecting Union law and trade secrets; invites the Commission to assess if additional prerogatives should be given to market surveillance authorities in this respect;
2020/05/19
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 119 #

2020/2012(INL)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 13
13. Calls for the establishment of a European market surveillance board for algorithmic systems, to ensure a level playing field and to avoid fragmentation of the internal market, to decide with a qualified majority and by secret vote in case of different decisions on algorithmic systems used in more than one Member State, as well as at the request of the majority of the national authorities;deleted
2020/05/19
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 123 #

2020/2012(INL)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 13
13. Calls for the establishment ofa strong coordination of Member State’s authorities, for instance through instruments such as a European market surveillance board for algorithmic systems, to ensure a level playing field and to avoid fragmentation of the internal market, to decide with a qualified majority and by secret vote in case of different decisions on algorithmic systems used in more than one Member State, as well as at the request of the majority of the national authorities;
2020/05/19
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 15 #

2020/2006(INL)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 3 b (new)
3 b. repeats its demand that imports of timber and timber products should be more thoroughly checked at the EU borders in order to ensure that the imported products do indeed comply with the criteria for entry into the EU; stresses that the Commission needs to ensure that customs controls throughout the EU follow the same standards, by means of a direct unified customs control mechanism, incoordination with Member States and in full compliance with the principle of subsidiarity;
2020/06/30
Committee: INTA
Amendment 19 #

2020/2006(INL)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 3 e (new)
3 e. highlights the fact that commodities like cocoa offer an early chance to make progress on such an approach, learning lessons from the FLEGT VPA process;
2020/06/30
Committee: INTA
Amendment 23 #

2020/2006(INL)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 3 i (new)
3 i. recalls the importance of respecting the UN’s Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights; supports the ongoing negotiations to create a binding UN instrument on transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to human rights and stresses the importance of the EU being proactively involved in this process;
2020/06/30
Committee: INTA
Amendment 46 #

2020/2006(INL)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4 a (new)
4 a. the proposal should ensure that there is legal certainty for all relevant stakeholders on any new EU wide measure and framework relating to the current use of FLEGT VPAs and licencing, in order to secure the interest in investing in deforestation free export to the EU;
2020/06/30
Committee: INTA
Amendment 12 #

2019/2210(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 3
3. Believes that the EU’s enlargement policy is a two-way street on which both sides must uphold their commitments; stresses that the pace of negotiations should reflect the merits and readiness of each country and their progress with regards to internal reforms;
2020/02/27
Committee: INTA
Amendment 14 #

2019/2210(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4
4. Notes with concernHighlights that a free trade agreement between the Eurasian Economic Union and the Republic of Serbia has entered into force, which riskss negotiated by the Western Balkan countries should not undermininge the aims of the Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA) and Serbia’s 2009the application for membership of the EU;
2020/02/27
Committee: INTA
Amendment 17 #

2019/2210(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 5
5. Demands strong integration effortsCalls for an increase to the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance and other funds to support reforms and assistance for remaining countries in the Western Balkans; In this regard, calls for strong integration efforts and projects, for instance from funds such as the Western Balkans Fund, in order to support Western Balkan countries in promoting improvement ofstrengthening the rule of law, democracy and, human rights, and their administrative and judicial capacity so as to enhance economic competitiveness, budgetary balance and structural reform and to achieve stable conditions for business to operate and invest in the region;
2020/02/27
Committee: INTA
Amendment 23 #

2019/2210(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 6
6. Reminds the Western Balkan countries of the importance of regional economic cooperation and good neighbourly relations; Highlights the importance of stability and prosperity in the region as well for the EU; Supports initiatives that promote regional cooperation and good neighbourly relations while moving countries closer to EU membership, for instance through a border free "mini Schengen" area within the region;
2020/02/27
Committee: INTA
Amendment 26 #

2019/2210(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 7
7. Recalls that the EU is the largest foreign investor in the region and emphasises the need to give the region high priority under the EU’s Connectivity Strategy; Highlights the importance of improving transport infrastructure in the region, and in particular the role this plays in facilitating trade; Supports the swift construction of European railway and highway corridors throughout the Western Balkan countries;
2020/02/27
Committee: INTA
Amendment 31 #

2019/2210(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 8 a (new)
8 a. Recalls the importance of WTO membership to open up trade opportunities and to bring candidate countries closer to EU membership; Recalls that Bosnia and Herzegovina applied from WTO membership in 1999, and Serbia in 2005; Calls on the EU to continue supporting Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina with their WTO accession processes;
2020/02/27
Committee: INTA
Amendment 35 #

2019/2210(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 9
9. Urges the Western Balkan countries to stick to projects in the energy sector which help to meetbear in mind climate objectives and are aligned with EU environmental legislation when selecting projects in the energy sector;
2020/02/27
Committee: INTA
Amendment 2 #

2019/2209(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 1
1. Highlights that the Eastern Partnership (EaP) is an important part of the EU Neighbourhood Policy and is aimed at achieving political association, ensuring further economic integration, promoting prosperity and establishing a platform to address common challenges;
2020/02/27
Committee: INTA
Amendment 3 #

2019/2209(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 1 a (new)
1 a. Highlights that the EaP countries are a crucial partner to the European Union and this also applies to trade; notes that the six countries together are the EU's 10th trading partner, whereas the EU is the main trading partner to Georgia, Ukraine, Moldova and Azerbaijan and the second main trading partner to Armenia and Belarus; remarks that the number of companies from DCFTA countries exporting to the EU has significantly increased since 2015: Georgia by 35%, Moldova by 40% and Ukraine by 26%; notes that volumes of trade have also increased: by 12% with Armenia, 28% with Azerbaijan and 16% with Belarus; points out that the above- mentioned numbers demonstrate the increasing practical cooperation between the EU and Eastern Partnership countries; points out that the EU is a significant donor and investor in the Eastern neighbourhood;
2020/02/27
Committee: INTA
Amendment 4 #

2019/2209(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2
2. Stresses that the EaP offers a solid framework for multilateral and bilateral cooperation; emphasises that due to the tense global trade environment, the EU’s and EaP countries’ close cooperation with like-minded countries and with international organisations is essential;
2020/02/27
Committee: INTA
Amendment 8 #

2019/2209(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4
4. Is aware that common problems in the EaP countries are aNotes that issues such as high level of corruption, bank fraud, the influence of oligarchs, the informal economy and poor governance are of concern in the Eastern Partnership countries; calls on the EaP countries to improve the rule of law, to eliminate these problems and to tackle illicit trade; stresses that the continuation of judicial reforms, reducing level of corruption, applying EU standards, ensuring competition and improving the business environment are key in providing more certainty and security for economic stakeholders, including investors and thereby increasing investments and better realising the full potential of economic development; points out that the Association Agreements and Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreements (AA/DCFTA) with Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine, and the Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement (CEPA) with Armenia, serve as the roadmaps for reforms;
2020/02/27
Committee: INTA
Amendment 20 #

2019/2209(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 6 a (new)
6 a. Calls for the EU to continue to support reforms in the EaP countries with technical and financial assistance;
2020/02/27
Committee: INTA
Amendment 1 #

2019/2197(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Citation 1 a (new)
- having regard to the Commission Staff Working Document Report (SWD(2019)370) of 14 October 2019, accompanying the Commission’s report on the Implementation of Free trade Agreements, 1 January 2018 - 31 January 2018 (COM(2019)455),
2020/06/04
Committee: INTA
Amendment 2 #

2019/2197(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Citation 1 b (new)
- having regard to the Commission communication entitled “Trade for All: Towards a more responsible trade and investment policy;
2020/06/04
Committee: INTA
Amendment 3 #

2019/2197(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Citation 3
— having regard to the Political Guidelines for the next European Commission 2019-2024 of the President of the Commission Ms Ursula von der Leyen16 July 2019,
2020/06/04
Committee: INTA
Amendment 7 #

2019/2197(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Citation 17 a (new)
- having regard to the resolution adopted by the UN General Assembly on 25 September 2015, entitled ‘Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’,
2020/06/04
Committee: INTA
Amendment 9 #

2019/2197(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Citation 17 b (new)
- having regard to Articles 2 and 21 of the Treaty on European Union (TEU) and to Chapter V, Title II of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU), as well as article 218 TFEU.
2020/06/04
Committee: INTA
Amendment 10 #

2019/2197(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Citation 17 c (new)
- having regard to its resolution in June 2015 on the EU strategy for equality between women and men post-2015;
2020/06/04
Committee: INTA
Amendment 17 #

2019/2197(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital A a (new)
A a. Whereas the EU’s common commercial policy is an exclusive competence of the EU that is carried out together by the European Commission, the Council and the Parliament;
2020/06/04
Committee: INTA
Amendment 19 #

2019/2197(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital A c (new)
A c. Whereas the Union is the world’s leading commercial power and the biggest single market in the world, acting as a major driver of economic prosperity; whereas the Union is the world’s leading exporter of goods and services, sustaining more than 36 million jobs in Europe; whereas the last indicators reveal that in 2019 the EU exports on goods rose to €2.132.3 billion, which amounts to an increase of 3,5% from the previous year, being the largest exporter of agri-food products in the world; whereas despite the current global challenges the main trading partners are the US and China;
2020/06/04
Committee: INTA
Amendment 20 #

2019/2197(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital A d (new)
A d. Whereas the EU trade and investment policy also provides investors with market access and investment protection through legal certainty and a stable, predictable and properly regulated environment in which to conduct their economic activities;
2020/06/04
Committee: INTA
Amendment 21 #

2019/2197(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital A e (new)
A e. Whereas since the European Commission adopted in 2015 the Communication entitled ‘Trade for All: Towards a more responsible trade and investment policy’, the EU has concluded and started applying a number of new trade agreements.
2020/06/04
Committee: INTA
Amendment 24 #

2019/2197(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital B
B. whereas recent Eurobarometer figures show that around 60 % of the EU citizens believe that the EU’s trade policy bringsy benefits for themrom international trade; whereas part of the public opinion is strongly vocal against trade policy and trade agreements; whereas the European Commission and the Member States must continue to develop a proper communication strategy on trade policy and trade agreements, which aims to tackle misconceptions, erroneous perceptions and distorted interpretations, as well as fake news on trade and to transmit as much information as possible, while targeting specific stakeholders and raising economic operators’ awareness about trade agreements;
2020/06/04
Committee: INTA
Amendment 37 #

2019/2197(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital B b (new)
B b. whereas the EU has negotiated comprehensive agreements governing trade relations with nearly all of Latin America and the Caribbean, with the exception of Bolivia, Cuba and Venezuela;
2020/06/04
Committee: INTA
Amendment 52 #

2019/2197(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 2
2. Notes that since the Commission adopted its latest trade strategy in 2015, entitled ‘Trade for All’, the EU has concluded and started applying a number of new trade agreementsdeleted
2020/06/04
Committee: INTA
Amendment 69 #

2019/2197(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 4
4. Stresses that choices in our relationship with the two other trade superpowers, China and the USA, which represent approximately 30 % of our trade exchanges, are key when it comes to driving EU trade policy;
2020/06/04
Committee: INTA
Amendment 85 #

2019/2197(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 6
6. Calls for a substantive reform of the WTO, based on modernising its rule- book in order to make it more effective by providing structural and long-term solutions; encourages WTO members to reach an ambitious and balanced agreement on the long-standUnderlines the primary political and economic importance of the multilateral system and calls the international trading partners to work towards the achievement of a well- functioning dissue of fishery subsidies during the ministerial summit in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan and send out a clear signal that the WTOpute settlement system at the WTO, based on modernising its rule- book in order to guarantee its still able to deliver on its negotiating funceffectiveness and provide structural and long-term solutions;
2020/06/04
Committee: INTA
Amendment 120 #

2019/2197(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 11 a (new)
11 a. Points out that in light of the continued application of US tariffs, some actions that have already been taken at EU level for the protection of some sectors could also be taken in order to safeguard other sectors; calls therefore on the European Commission to revise the measures carried out as regards agricultural products, such as table olives, which have been suffering a significant loss of competitiveness and market share, as well as growth, investment and job creation;
2020/06/04
Committee: INTA
Amendment 169 #

2019/2197(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 17 a (new)
17 a. Points out that the large amount of trade and non-trade barriers, the current divergences in the level and quality of controls, customs procedures and sanctions policies at the EU’s points of entry into the Customs Union, often result in distortion of trade flows, which puts at risk the integrity of the single market; therefore urges the European Commission to address this issue, ensuring that companies can compete fairly on a level playing field;
2020/06/04
Committee: INTA
Amendment 183 #

2019/2197(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 19
19. NotWelcomes the progress made towards implementing the African Continental Free Trade Area (ACFTA), which aims to provide a single continental market for goods and services, with free movement of people and investments; welcomes the EU’s support in setting up the new African Union Trade Observatory; calls for continued EU support for ACFTA in line with the Africa-Europe Alliance for Sustainable Investments and Jobs;
2020/06/04
Committee: INTA
Amendment 186 #

2019/2197(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Subheading 6 a (new)
Latin America
2020/06/04
Committee: INTA
Amendment 187 #

2019/2197(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 19 a (new)
19 a. Recalls that the European Union and Latin America maintain close cooperation with each other on the basis of their historical, cultural and economic ties, with the LAC region representing the EU's fifth largest trade partner. Believes that the EU's presence in the region is fundamental in terms of both enhancing cooperation based on shared values as well as a vector for pursuing the EU's external action policy, notably in terms of strengthening the multilateral rules-based trade system;
2020/06/04
Committee: INTA
Amendment 188 #

2019/2197(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 19 b (new)
19 b. Welcomes the conclusions of the trade negotiations with Mexico and the Mercosur countries, which have both the potential to deepen our strategic partnership with Latin America and to create additional opportunities in our trade relations with those countries; notes that such opportunities would also give EU companies access to an increasingly growing market;
2020/06/04
Committee: INTA
Amendment 189 #

2019/2197(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 19 c (new)
19 c. Is convinced that the modernisation of the Association Agreement with Chile will serve to further boost the EU's presence in the wider region and help promote an international trade agenda based on sustainable development, stronger protection for environmental and labour standards and respect for human rights; call on the Commission to ensure the on-going negotiations deliver on these principles and an agreement can be reached in a timely manner;
2020/06/04
Committee: INTA
Amendment 190 #

2019/2197(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 19 d (new)
19 d. Considers that the Association Agreement between the EU and Mercosur represents the first "block to block" deal of its nature, with the potential to create a free market area encompassing approximately 800 million citizens, and placing the EU in a unique position given its "first mover advantage" in an otherwise highly-protectionist market;
2020/06/04
Committee: INTA
Amendment 195 #

2019/2197(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 21
21. Welcomes the entry into force of the EU-Singapore trade agreement of 21 November 2019; welcomes its consent on the EU-Vietnam agreement and calls for its quick implementation; notes that in 2018 the EU exported to Vietnam around 13.8€ billion worth of goods and points out that the rules-based FTAs and IPAs will ensure predictability and rule-of-law for investors, as well as positively increase exports in both ways and create stability and trust for SMEs; views these agreements as a step towards concluding an FTA with the entire Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region;
2020/06/04
Committee: INTA
Amendment 201 #

2019/2197(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Subheading 8 a (new)
Stresses that the European Commission and Member States must work on a better communication strategy of EU trade policy benefits and awareness-raising in order to effectively engage with society and stakeholders; recalls that roadmaps provide the opportunity for the European Commission to communicate and explain the reasons behind a particular initiative and its objectives, as well as to engage with them and receive feedback; points out that the European Commission should ensure the full transparency of roadmaps and other consultation activities to maximise their impact and guarantee the involvement of stakeholders;
2020/06/04
Committee: INTA
Amendment 216 #

2019/2197(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 25
25. Welcomes the conclusions of the trade negotiations with Mexico and the MERCOSUR countries, which have both the potential to deepen our strategic partnership with Latin America and to create additional opportunities in our trade relations with those countries; notes that such opportunities would also give EU companies access to an increasingly growing market;deleted
2020/06/04
Committee: INTA
Amendment 239 #

2019/2197(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 28 a (new)
28 a. Welcomes in this regard the inclusion of the Paris Agreement and its binding nature in the TSD Chapter of the EU-Mercosur Association Agreement, which represents a clear commitment with the fight against climate change, deforestation and to the multilateral approach that is needed in order to reduce global warming.
2020/06/04
Committee: INTA
Amendment 290 #

2019/2197(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 36
36. Notes that SMEs account for approximately 30 % of the EU goods exports; supports the idea that a specific chapter on SMEs should be part of all proposed FTAs, as done in the EU-Japan agreement, and that they should be included when revising existing FTAs, as is the case of the modernised Agreement with Mexico; notes that trade barriers and bureaucracy are especially problematic for SMEs that cannot afford the extra work to overcome them;
2020/06/04
Committee: INTA
Amendment 2 #

2019/2190(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Citation 3 a (new)
- having regard to Regulation (EU) 2019/881 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 April 2019 on ENISA (the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity) and on information and communications technology cybersecurity certification and repealing Regulation (EU) No 526/2013 (Cybersecurity Act),
2020/05/20
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 37 #

2019/2190(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 1
1. Stresses that due to the COVID-19 crisis, showed it is of paramount importance for the protection of EU citizens that in all the crises that might challenge the European Union the safety of all products needed to tackle the emergencyies is the highest, especially for medical and protective equipment, including products from outside the EUsold on line and products from outside the EU; stresses the need for online platforms and online market places to take proactive measures to tackle misleading practices and disinformation regarding emergency products sold online; calls, therefore, on the Commission and Member States to strengthen their coordinated actions within the product safety framework;
2020/05/20
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 52 #

2019/2190(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 3
3. Points out the need to adapt product safety rules to the digital worldnew market realities and the imperatives of the green and digital transition; asks the Commission to address the challenges of emerging technologies such as 3D-printingartificial intelligence (AI), the internet of things (IoT) and, robotics and others in its revision of the General Product Safety Directive (GPSD), and to identify and close gaps within existing legislation such as the Machinery Directive and Radio Equipment Directive, while avoiding duplicating legislation;
2020/05/20
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 58 #

2019/2190(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 4
4. Calls on the Commission to redefine the term ‘product’ as part of the revision of the GPSD in coordination with potential revision of other legislative frameworks such as the Product Liability Directive (PLD), so that it reflects the complexity of emerging technologies, including stand-alone software and software or updates which entail substantial modification to the product leading to a de facto new product;
2020/05/20
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 71 #

2019/2190(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 6
6. Agrees AI systems should be safe in order to be trustworthy, as outlined by the High-Level Expert Group in its Ethics Guidelines for trustworthy AI; is convinced that an EU-wide approach to AI, including a common definition, is needuropean operational framework is of key importance in avoiding the fragmentation of the Single Market, resulting from differing national legislations. Thus, the EU needs to avoidct at the European level in terms of a fragmentation of the internal market, which would underminwork for investment, data infrastructure, research and common ethical norms that would enhance the trust of citizens and businesses, create legal uncertainty and weakenimprove the EU’s economic competitiveness;
2020/05/20
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 76 #

2019/2190(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 6 a (new)
6a. Stresses that the Commission should screen the existing AI standards in place and consult with businesses and other stakeholders to understand which new standards are needed, should carry out a periodic assessment of the European regulatory framework related to AI in order to ensure the product safety, consumer and data protection;
2020/05/20
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 86 #

2019/2190(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 7
7. EncourageAsks the Commission to assess the feasibility of developing measures, such as risk-based assessment schemes and conformity assessment mechanisms, where they do not yet exist, tothat ensure the safety and security of products with embedded emerging technologies, and to provide support to SMEs to reduce the burden such measures can creat; underlines that products with embedded emerging technologies such as AI may evolve with the time via updates and self- learning processes and that these measures that apply only at the time of the placing of the product on the market may therefore not be fit for purpose;
2020/05/20
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 95 #

2019/2190(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 7 a (new)
7a. Highlights the fact that the connectivity of products can lead to new safety and security risks; urges the Commission to thoroughly reassess the potential risks of connected products and adapt the application of conformity assessment modules for those products with a substantially increased risk level;
2020/05/20
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 100 #

2019/2190(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 8
8. Urges the Commission to evaluate, in case of a necessary reassessment of products, whether more flexibility could be considered for low-risk products for the purposes oftake into account the 'think small first' principle when assessing the feasibility of such measures; considers that such measures should take due account of the need to provide support to SMEs to reduce the burden these measures can create; urges the Commission to use the existing legal framework for low-risk products and allow for the least stringent conformity assessment schemes to be used in order to reduce the administrative burden and facilitate product refurbishment;
2020/05/20
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 115 #

2019/2190(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 10
10. Encourages economic operators to integrate safety mechanisms in emerging technologies, including self-repair mechanisms, to prevent the upload of unsafe software, raise awareness of safety problems of their products, and ensure and improve safety throughout their lifecycle;
2020/05/20
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 129 #

2019/2190(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 12
12. Is convinced that the cybersecurity of connected devices can compromise product safety, and that thiUnderlines that connected devices and interlinked services are subject to cyber-attacks and in order to improve the safety of products, cybersecurity concerns needs to be addressed in the revision of the relevant rules and recommendations;
2020/05/20
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 139 #

2019/2190(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 13
13. Calls on the Commission to speed up its efforts to develop a European cybersecurity certification scheme for AI, IoT and robotics products, and to create mandatory certification schemes for consumer products that can be quickly updated to adapt to current risks without hindering innovation;
2020/05/20
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 157 #

2019/2190(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 14
14. Encourages the Commission to cooperate with the Member States in order to increase the resources and expertise of their market surveillance authorities, to enhance cooperation among them, including at cross-border level and online markets, improve the efficiency and effectiveness of checks, and properly staff custom authorities so as to be able to identify unsafe products, in particular from third countries, and prevent their circulation in the internal market;
2020/05/20
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 169 #

2019/2190(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 15
15. Urges Member States to set minimum sampling rates; and asks market surveillance authorities to carry out sector- specific mystery shopping, including from online shopping marketplaces, on a regular basis at least once a year, in particular for the product categories most notified on the Safety Gate (Rapex);
2020/05/20
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 173 #

2019/2190(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 16
16. Calls on the Commission to swiftly adopt implementing acts in accordance with Regulation 2019/1020, and in particular Article 25 thereof, laying down benchmarks and techniques for checks on harmonised and non-harmonised products, and to include minimum requirements on scale and frequency of checks for products entering the Union market so as to ensure consistent, effective and uniform enforcement of Union law;
2020/05/20
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 190 #

2019/2190(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 18 a (new)
18a. Asks the Commission to explore the option, that suppliers, which are established in a third country, have to designate a legal representative, established in the Union, who can beheld accountable for the selling of products, to European consumers, which do not comply with Union rules of safety;
2020/05/20
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 195 #

2019/2190(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 19
19. Urges the Commission to improve, at European and international level, cooperation between consumer protection, market surveillance and customs authorities and consumers so as to enable the swift transfer of information on unsafe products, and coordination of enforcement measures, and to make available to the general public information about controls and sanctions, including a blacklist of re-offenders;
2020/05/20
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 208 #

2019/2190(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 20 a (new)
20a. Urges the Commission to further harmonise the methodology and criteria for assessing risks in all Member States in order to ensure a level playing field for all economic operators;
2020/05/20
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 216 #

2019/2190(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 21
21. Welcomes the Product Safety Pledge7 for online marketplaces, but highlights its voluntary character; calls on the Commission to evaluate the role marketplaces could play in improving the detection of unsafe products, and to propose mandatory rules on their responsibility, taking into account the special role of SMEs as part of the Digital Services Act, the revision of GPSD and any o, if needed, to evaluate possible rules on their relevant legislationsponsibility; __________________ 7Product Safety Pledge is a voluntary commitment made by online marketplaces with respect to the safety of non-food consumer products sold online by third party sellers from June 2018.
2020/05/20
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 228 #

2019/2190(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 23
23. Asks onlinStresses that the Commission should establish clear guide lines for the marketplaces to enhance their cooperation, consult Rapex before placing products on their websites, exchange information on sellers that break the rules, take effective measures against them and their supply chain, and develop an easily accessible tool for consumers to report unsafe products;
2020/05/20
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 231 #

2019/2190(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 24
24. Urges the Commission and the Member States to oblige online marketplaces to create an interfaceto assess how online marketplaces could improve their interconnection with the Rapex system in order to ensure that products offered for sale are safe, and require them to introduce a link to Rapex on their websites so as to raise awareness about this platform;
2020/05/20
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 252 #

2019/2190(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 27
27. Welcomes the fact that the European standardisation programme for 2020 addresses the challenges emerging within the Digital Single Market, such as AI, IoT, protection of data, including health data, cybersecurity and automated mobility; asks the Commission to define standardsmandate Cen-Cenelec to define standards, including for traditional sectors, not previously using IT, allowing the deployment of interoperable technologies to provide for safe EU-wide emerging technologies;
2020/05/20
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 256 #

2019/2190(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 27 a (new)
27a. Stresses that the safety of products should be a priority for the Commission in updating the legislation in order to cover security risks generated by connected products and the risks to be hacked.
2020/05/20
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 271 #

2019/2190(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 29 a (new)
29a. Acknowledges, that the success of any product or innovation stands and falls with the trust placed in its quality and safety and that the EU’s goal must be to ensure this trust, especially in an increasingly digital networked world; encourages the European Commission to further develop the established and successful quality infrastructure, consisting of metrology, standardisation, accreditation, conformity assessment and market surveillance, in consultation with all partners involved, to meet these new challenges;
2020/05/20
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 281 #

2019/2190(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 31
31. Asks retailers, online marketplaces and consumer associations to play a greater role in recalls of unsafe products purchased online or offline by ensuring adequate information is available to consumers, asks the Commission to assess how new technologies and algorithms can make this process more effective and ensure that a larger number of affected consumers are reached;
2020/05/20
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 25 #

2019/2028(BUD)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 10
10. Calls on the Commission to finance all pilot projects and preparatory actions endorsed by IMCO, including to the pilot project 'Web inclusiveness: access for all'.
2019/07/25
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 3 #

2019/0099(NLE)

Draft legislative resolution
Paragraph 1
1. Refuses to gGives its consent to Solomon Islands’ accession to the agreement;
2019/11/14
Committee: INTA
Amendment 7 #

2018/2109(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 3
3. Stresses that creating seamless customs processes across the Union through the reform of IT infrastructure is pivotal; considers that digitalisation is key to the modernisation of customs processes and has to the potential to make the exchange of information and the payment of duties more transparent and accessible, in particular for operators in third countries; Calls for the swift implementation by all parties for the new IT systems for the Customs Union before the new extended deadline of 2025; Underlines that the European Parliament will not extend the deadline further;
2018/12/10
Committee: INTA
Amendment 12 #

2018/2109(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4
4. Notes that the current divergent levels of controls and their quality, and of customs procedures and sanctions policies at points of entry into the customs union, often result in the distortion of trade flows, feeding the problem of ‘forum shopping’ and putting at risk the integrity of the single market; strongly encourages, in this context, the transfer of responsibilities from national customs authorities to EU levelcalls for the fully harmonised implementation of the Union Customs Code, in a manner that ensures that all goods entering the EU will be treated and processed the same, no matter their port of entry;
2018/12/10
Committee: INTA
Amendment 27 #

2018/2109(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 2
2. Points out that, while the EU is more than just an economic area, the Customs Union the Customs Union is one of the EU’s earliest achievements and can be considered one of its undeniably a success in that itmain success stories, as it has enablesd the firms established in the EU to sell their goods and invest throughout the EU, with nobut also allowed the EU to remove internal borders, and that that achievement takes on fundamental importance in the context of Brexito compete with the rest of the world. Underlines that the EU’s single market, would be impossible without the tariff-free environment provided by the Customs Union and the role the latter plays in overseeing imports and exports;
2018/11/30
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 40 #

2018/2109(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 3 a (new)
3a. Recalls that the modernisation of customs processes, based on the development of new Information Technology (IT) systems, has enabled the improved exchange of information between actors, a more effective registration of the arrival, transit and exit of goods, a centralised customs clearance and harmonised customs controls throughout the customs territory of the Union, thereby reducing administrative costs, red tape, error fraud in customs declarations and harmful port-shopping, as well as has enhanced economic activity and growth, and increased the safety and security of the EU citizens;
2018/11/30
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 41 #

2018/2109(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 3 b (new)
3b. Deplores that the implementation of the new IT systems for the Customs Union suffered a series of delays, so that some of the key systems will not be available at the 2020 deadline set in the UCC. Underlines that the delays are due to several factors, in particular: changing project scope, insufficient resources allocated by the EU and Member States, and a lengthy decision-making process due to the multi-layered governance structure;
2018/11/30
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 42 #

2018/2109(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 3 c (new)
3c. Expresses its strong disappointment after taking stock of the conclusion of the report of the Court of Auditors no 26/2018 “A series of delays in Customs IT systems: what went wrong?” which states that there is a risk that the rescheduled deadlines will also not be met and that the UCC deadline could be further extended beyond 2025, and urges therefore the Commission and the Member States to do their outmost in order to avoid such a situation;
2018/11/30
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 52 #

2018/2109(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 7 a (new)
7a. Reminds that, according to the Court of Auditors, the Commission was aware of the delays but chose not to include this information in its official reporting, which prevented the stakeholders (such as the European Parliament, other EU institutions not represented in the governance structure of Customs 2020 as well as interested companies and citizens) from being fully informed of the risk of delays in real time; calls therefore on the Commission to regularly report on the progress made as regards to the setting-up of the customs electronic systems and inform about any possible future delays;
2018/11/30
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 58 #

2018/2109(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 8 a (new)
8a. Underlines that continuous policy monitoring, analysis and assessment of possible impacts are essential parts of governance of the Customs Union, reminds in that respect that The Customs Union Performance tool operates by assessing the functioning of the Customs Union, on the basis of Key Performance Indicators in a range of areas such as protection of financial interests, ensuring the safety and security of EU citizens and assessing the importance of customs in contributing to the growth and competiveness of the EU, calls on the Member States to support the work in order to develop further this tool;
2018/11/30
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 60 #

2018/2109(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 8 b (new)
8b. Recalls that the Commission is developing work on an EU Customs Single Window environment that would permit an economic operator to submit data required for a wide range of regulatory purposes (e.g. veterinary, sanitary, environmental, etc.) in a standardised format to multiple recipients and via harmonised access points; calls on the Commission and the Member States to continue this important work;
2018/11/30
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 61 #

2018/2109(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 8 c (new)
8c. Believes that the cooperation between operational services on the ground, including between tax and customs administrations, could enable scarce resources to be used more efficiently;
2018/11/30
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 6 #

2018/2106(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Citation 4 a (new)
– having regard to the European Parliament Resolution of the “Annual report on the implementation of the Common Commercial Policy” (2017/2070(INI)),
2018/10/18
Committee: INTA
Amendment 12 #

2018/2106(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital A
A. whereas the Association Agreement (AA) between the European Union (EU) and Central America (CA) was the first region-to-region AA concluded by the EU and is based on three complementary parts, namely political dialogue, cooperation, and trade; whereas the trade part of the AA (Part IV) was quite broad and ambitious when it was negotiated, but retrospectively lacks updated provisions on, inter alia, gendigital trader and trade-commerce, anti- corruption or SMEs;
2018/10/18
Committee: INTA
Amendment 30 #

2018/2106(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 2
2. Highlights that the AA relies on a rules-based fair and predictable relationship which promotes a more secure economic environment between the trading partners; considers that such predictability fosters economic growth, the exchange of goods, the provision of services, participation in public procurement and the attractiveness of investment, even if the flows do not always evolve in a linear fashion;
2018/10/18
Committee: INTA
Amendment 33 #

2018/2106(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 3
3. Calls on the Commission to deliver updated and comprehensive annual reports on the implementation of the AA as requested in the relevant implementing regulations; is of the opinion that the information included in the Report on Implementation of Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) is not sufficient and, in order to adequately assess the implementation of the AA, suggests that the parties improve the provision of updated, comparable and reliable statistical data; Reiterates its call on the Commission to update and create a common methodology for evaluating the implementation of its trade agreements more coherently;
2018/10/18
Committee: INTA
Amendment 36 #

2018/2106(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 5
5. Takes noteRegrets that neither CA nor the EU make full use of their granted tariff rate quotas (TRQs) and therefore identifiescalls for potential sectors to be identified where further exchanges should be encouraged; regrets that figures on preference utilisation rates are only available in Costa Rica; is concerned that only 16.6 % of the eligible EU exports to Costa Rica benefited from the FTA while the rate was 92 % for Costa Rican exports to the EU;
2018/10/18
Committee: INTA
Amendment 44 #

2018/2106(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 11
11. Regrets the lack of a specific chapter on SMEs in the existing AA, and encourages the Commission, the EEAS, Member States and CA to place at the disposal of SMEs all the tools required tolegal and administrative support and tools required for SMEs to engage in trade and investment under this agreement, foster greater exchanges and enhance participation in order to reap the benefits of the AA; reiterates its call for action to raise awareness of the AA among stakeholders nd the support available to among stakeholders, in particular SMEs, in both regions; reiterates its call for the promotion of cooperation with appropriate technical and financial resources in strategic sectors for both regions;
2018/10/18
Committee: INTA
Amendment 65 #

2018/2106(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 15
15. Stresses that recent political and economic developments in some Central American countries can have a negative impact on the region as a whole and might lead to the destabilisation of the region; Is particularly alarmed at the situation in Nicaragua, and calls on the Nicaraguan authorities to cease all acts of violence and repression against its citizens, to release all political prisoners and to restart a meaningful dialogue with the opposition and relevant actors in all sectors order to seek a peaceful solution to the current socio-political crisis; Recalls that the democracy clause is an essential element of all of the Union’s agreements with third countries;
2018/10/18
Committee: INTA
Amendment 19 #

2018/2056(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital I a (new)
Ia. whereas late payments create additional costs for companies as they have to invest resources into chasing late payers or they have to pay interest on the credit contracted in order to continue business operations;
2018/10/17
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 23 #

2018/2056(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital O
O. whereas given the variety of factors leading to late payment (i.e.late payment is a multi- factored, complex problem caused by horizontal drivers, common across all sectors and across transactions (such as cash-flow issues, imbalances of power and size between companies, supply chain structure, administrative inefficiency, poor access to credit, lack of knowledge of invoice and credit management) and by the influence of external factors (i.e. the economic situation and national business culture), it is not possible to distinguish one solution that would solve all issues;
2018/10/17
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 29 #

2018/2056(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 1
1. BelievesConsiders that EU legislation on late payments and the Commission's follow up action on infringements since the adoption of the 2011 Late Payments Directive has brought about a change in culture in public administrations across the EU, characterised by a general decline in payment delays; believes, however, that both the Late Payment Directive and national legislation on late payment should be better enforced through measures aimed at improving rules on payment terms and discouraging unfair practices; notes that these measures can be categorised according to their nature (legal or voluntary), scope (horizontal or sector- specific) and objective (preventive, remedial or change in business culture);
2018/10/17
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 32 #

2018/2056(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 2
2. Maintains that there is no one- size-fits-all approach to tackling the issue of late payments, as in some sectors longer payment deadlines, beyond 30 or 60 days, are in line with the needs of businesses and an accepted practice, taking into account the specificities of each sector; considers that it is also important to respect the freedom of contract between undertakings on the market;deleted
2018/10/17
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 38 #

2018/2056(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 3
3. Believes that in sectors particularly vulnerable to long payment terms, Member States cshould consider establishing stricter payment terms as a general rule; notes that some Member States have limited the standard payment term to 30 days (instead of the 60 days set out in the Late Payment Directive), while only a few Member States have introduced maximum payment terms (from which the parties cannot derogate); notes furthermore that at sector level the introduction of maximum payment terms is more common; considers that legislation setting out stricter payment terms would be effective in reducing payment terms to some extent and, provided that it is enforced, would create a level playing field between large and small companies; believes that legislation defining payment terms differentiated by category of products or services is relevant in promoting fair practices and addressing sectoral specificities;
2018/10/17
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 46 #

2018/2056(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 4
4. Points out that the introduction of the mandatory publication of information in specific databases and registries concerning payment behaviour can discourage late payment and help businesses choose reliable commercial partners; considers that the ‘name and shame’ factor, peer-pressure provisions and public access to information can be an incentive for companies to improve their payment practices and uphold their monetary obligations;
2018/10/17
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 61 #

2018/2056(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 8
8. Calls on the Member States to enforce their national legislation and to encourage and improve stricter controls, in particular among large companies, and the use of administrative sanctions (reinforced through a ‘name and shame’ provision that generates peer pressure), thus contributing to the improvement of payment behavior; maintains that direct intervention from the public authorities, since it is they who enforce administrative sanctions, could help to overcome the ‘fear factor’ and relieve creditors of the responsibility to take action against debtors, as the authorities would directly enforce the law and take discretionary action against enterprises engaged in bad payment practices; believes that the value of sanctions and their cumulative nature could deter companies from paying late, while public access to information (publication of sanctions) could directly harm the company’s image;
2018/10/17
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 99 #

2018/2056(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 20
20. Calls on theUrges Member States to improve their legislation and promote theensure proper implementation of the Late Payment Directive in all its parts by bringing their relevant legislation, including the implementing secondary provisions in line with the rules of the directive;
2018/10/17
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 22 #

2018/2023(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 5
5. Urges the Commission and the Member States to step up financial support for the deployment of alternative fuels infrastructure; notes the relevance of priority-setting in the next MFF; calls on the Member States to acknowledge the positive effects of fiscal incentives for the market up-take of alternative fuel vehicles, as demonstrated by the practice in the Netherlands and Norway.
2018/04/26
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 30 #

2018/2023(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 5 a (new)
5 a. Supports a technologically neutral approach, with a particular focus on reducing greenhouse gas emissions; states that the roll-out of digitally connected alternative fuel infrastructure should be regarded in conjunction with the actual number of alternative fuel vehicles.
2018/04/26
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 33 #

2018/2023(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 5 b (new)
5 b. Encourages the Commission to take advantage of the synergies between European transport, energy and digitalization policies for instance in relation to smart charging and Intelligent Transport Systems.
2018/04/26
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 5 #

2018/2018(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital D
D. whereas Chile has been a major player in regional affairs, for example as a guarantor country in the Colombian peace process and the Santo Domingo talks between the Venezuelan Government and opposition; whereas Chile decided to suspend indefinitely its participation in the Santo Domingo talks as the minimum conditions for a democratic presidential election and an institutional normalization were not reached;
2018/03/07
Committee: AFET
Amendment 26 #

2018/2018(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 1 – point c
c) to put shared values at the core of the modernisation process and to continue the practice of including a human rights clause, as it is done in all AAs; to include a joint commitment to the protection and promotion of human rights, fundamental freedoms, gender equality, and the rights of minorities such as the LGBTI community, ethnic minorities and indigenous people;
2018/03/07
Committee: AFET
Amendment 38 #

2018/2018(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 1 – point e
e) to strengthen dialogue and cooperation on regional and global challenges, such as organised crime, migration, terrorism and climate change, including the implementation of Agenda 2030 for sustainable development;
2018/03/07
Committee: AFET
Amendment 40 #

2018/2018(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 1 – point e a (new)
ea) to recall the importance of the multilateral agenda and that any bilateral negotiation must not undermine the ambition to achieve progress multilaterally;
2018/03/07
Committee: AFET
Amendment 43 #

2018/2018(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 1 – point g
g) to encourage Chile to continue supporting regional integration and cooperation schemes, most importantly the Pacific Alliance taking into consideration its encouraging results as a real and active driver of economic integration between the members of the region, as well as, UNASUR, and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC); to examine the possibility of the EU gaining an observer status in the Pacific Alliance;
2018/03/07
Committee: AFET
Amendment 53 #

2018/2018(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 1 – point k a (new)
ka) to recall that corruption undermines human rights, equality, social justice, trade and fair competition, impeding economic growth; to include specific sections outlining clear and strong commitments and measures to combat corruption in all its forms and to implement international standards and multilateral anti-corruption conventions;
2018/03/07
Committee: AFET
Amendment 69 #

2018/2018(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 1 – point t
t) to delaensure that any provisional application of the new agreement until Parliament has given itsshould be subject to the Parliament giving its prior consent;
2018/03/07
Committee: AFET
Amendment 20 #

2018/2008(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital F a (new)
Fa. whereas to fully reap the benefits of the internal market, the better application of existing EU food and consumer legislation to identify and address unjustified dual standards and thus protect the consumers against misleading information and commercial practices is crucial;
2018/04/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 22 #

2018/2008(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital F b (new)
Fb. whereas there is a continuous need to strengthen the role of consumer associations in this regards; whereas consumer associations play an unique role in guaranteeing consumers 'confidence and need to be further supported through additional legal and economic measures and capacity building;
2018/04/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 26 #

2018/2008(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 1
1. Underlines that results of varinumerous tests and surveys conducted in several Member States have proven that there are differences, inter alia in composition and ingredients or substances used, between products which are advertised and distributed in the single market under the same brand and with the sameidentical packaging;
2018/04/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 31 #

2018/2008(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 1 a (new)
1a. Recalls that based on these findings, consumers are concerned about discrimination between different Member States markets; underlines that any type of such discrimination is not acceptable and all EU consumers should enjoy access to the equivalent level of quality of products;
2018/04/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 33 #

2018/2008(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 2
2. Highlights that the cases when such significant differences were reported concern not only food products but frequently also non-food products, including detergents, cosmetics, toiletries and products intended for babies;
2018/04/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 49 #

2018/2008(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 5
5. Takes note of the mandate given to the High Level Forum for a Better Functioning Food Supply Chain to address the issue of dual quality; encourages Member States and their competent authorities to actively participate in ongoing initiatives, including the development of a common methodology and collection of further evidence; emphasizes that the key for tackling this problem in practice is an effective and swift cross-border cooperation of relevant authorities including information exchange on potentially non-compliant products;
2018/04/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 82 #

2018/2008(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 10
10. Considers that the Notice is perceived as primarily intended for foodstuffs; believes that provisions on the application of consumer protection law should be applied to all products available in the single market in general;
2018/04/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 113 #

2018/2008(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 16
16. Points out that national competent authorities can select samples and perform tests only on the territory of their Member State; stresses the importance, therefore, ofhighlights the need for enhanced, effective and transparent cooperation between national consumer protection and food authorities, consumers associations and the Commission; welcomes the adoption of the revised Consumer Protection Cooperation Regulation11 in this regard; _________________ 11 Regulation (EU) 2017/2394; OJ L 345, 27.12.2017, p. 1.
2018/04/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 120 #

2018/2008(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 17
17. Emphasises the value of public debate that leads to increased consumer awareness about products and their characteristics; notes that some manufacturers and owners of private labels have already announced changes to recipes; highlightsstresses the importance of the role of industry in improving transparency with regard to product composition; calls for even stronger involvement of both producers and retailers which will help to find effective remedy to the current situation without triggering enforcement procedures;
2018/04/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 129 #

2018/2008(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 17 a (new)
17a. Believes that it is in the interest of all relevant stakeholders, both private and public, to identify as soon as possible workable solutions which would enable European consumers to access same quality products within the entire single market; recalls that consumers´ confidence in suppliers and retailers and, above all, in the functioning of the EU internal market is at stake;
2018/04/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 135 #

2018/2008(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 18
18. Invites consumer organisations to play an active role in the public debate and in informing consumers; calls on the Commission and the Member States to promote and strengthen through financial and legal mechanism the role of consumers associations and to establish regular communication on this issue; believes that enhanced cross- border exchange of information between consumers associations, but also relevant authorities should be promoted;
2018/04/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 147 #

2018/2008(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 19
19. Believes that the experiences of competent authorities thus far suggest that they have been unable individually to tackle effectively any specific cases of dual quality at national level; reiterates therefore the need for an effective cross- border cooperation and calls on the Commission and Member States to engage in it more intensively;
2018/04/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 169 #

2018/2008(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 21
21. Recalls that Annex I to the UCPD was drawn up to enable the identification of certain unfair practices and the provision of a more immediate response; agrees with the Commission that listing a practice in Annex I leads to greater legal certainty;
2018/04/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 179 #

2018/2008(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 22
22. Calls on the Commission, therefore, to amend Annex I to the UCPD by introducing another item onto the ‘blacklist’dual quality of products into its scope;
2018/04/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 183 #

2018/2008(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 23
23. Calls on the Commission to extend the mandate given to the Joint Research Centre to work on a harmonised methodology for comparing characteristics of non-food products in the near future; JRC should also reach out for a cooperation to Member States authorities which has already undertaken their own testing of products for exchange of best practices in this area;
2018/04/18
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 33 #

2018/0358M(NLE)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 2
2. Notes that the agreement will ensure a high level of investment protection and legal certainty while safeguarding the right of the Parties to regulate and pursue legitimate public policy objectives, such as public health and environmental protection; emphasises that the agreement will ensure transparency and accountability; asks the Commission to further take into account the fight against climate change and the respect of the Paris Agreement in safeguarding the right of the parties to regulate, as it has been done with CETA;
2019/11/13
Committee: INTA
Amendment 56 #

2018/0358M(NLE)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 10
10. Notes that the EU-Vietnam Investment Protection Agreement (EVIPA) does not contain a separate trade and sustainable development (TSD) chapter, as the latter applies to investment by virtue of the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EUVFTA) that liberalises it; stresses that the EVIPA also contains a provision establishing a legal link to the PCA, as well as specific references in its preamble to the TSD values and principles as enshrined in the EUVFTA and to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; points out that the provisions of the EVIPA and the EUVFTA must be implemented in a complementary manner, especially with regard to human, environmental and social rights and sustainable development;
2019/11/13
Committee: INTA
Amendment 61 #

2018/0358M(NLE)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 10 b (new)
10 b. Points out that a new Vietnamese Cyber Security Law, that entered into force at the beginning of 2019, has attracted a lot of criticism, as an intensified crackdown on human rights activists in the country has been documented, linked to the provisions of this new law which gives the authorities licence to censor content, control information and silence online dissidents; notes with regret that the legislation also raises concerns for EU economic interests, including forced data localisation provisions which are at odds with the EU's liberalisation agenda in this respect; calls on Vietnam to revise this law in line with international standards and welcomes the European Union's assistance in this respect;
2019/11/13
Committee: INTA
Amendment 62 #

2018/0358M(NLE)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 10 c (new)
10 c. Underlines the need for close monitoring of the implementation of the agreement and the human rights developments in Vietnam; Calls for a joint parliamentary scrutiny board, basing itself on the monitoring Group for Vietnam in the European Parliament and its equivalent in the Vietnamese National Assembly, which will be tasked to monitor the implementation of the agreement and the human rights developments in Vietnam;
2019/11/13
Committee: INTA
Amendment 67 #

2018/0358M(NLE)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 13
13. ECalls on the Commission to take accompanying measures for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with this agreement in order to make it transparent and accessible; encourages the Commission to continue its work on making the ICS more accessible to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs);
2019/11/13
Committee: INTA
Amendment 70 #

2018/0358M(NLE)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 13 a (new)
13 a. Calls on both Parties to undertake to develop programmes of cooperation activities to improve capacity and conditions for women to benefit from opportunities created by the agreement, including encouraging capacity building and skills enhancement of women at work and in business, fostering women's representation in decision making and positions of authority; improving women's access to, and participation and leadership in, science, technology and innovation; conducting gender-based analysis and gender-focused statistics relating to investments;
2019/11/13
Committee: INTA
Amendment 75 #

2018/0358M(NLE)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 14 a (new)
14 a. Welcomes the agreement which will create more free and fair trade opportunities between the EU and Vietnam; urges the European Parliament to give it consent to the agreement, given that Vietnam takes steps to improve the civil and labour rights situation as to move in the direction of its commitments;
2019/11/13
Committee: INTA
Amendment 1 #

2018/0356M(NLE)

Motion for a resolution
Citation 5 a (new)
– having regard to the Framework Participation Agreement, signed on 17 October 2019, which will facilitate Vietnam's participation in European Union-led civilian and military crisis management operations and show strong commitment from both sides to a rules- based multilateral approach to international peace and security
2019/11/13
Committee: INTA
Amendment 19 #

2018/0356M(NLE)

Motion for a resolution
Citation 20 a (new)
– having regard to the 2019 Universal Periodic Review on Vietnam undertaken by the UN Human Rights Council
2019/11/13
Committee: INTA
Amendment 30 #

2018/0356M(NLE)

Motion for a resolution
Recital C
C. whereas 90 % of future world economic growth is predicted to be generated outside Europe, and notablya significant part of this occurs in Asia;
2019/11/13
Committee: INTA
Amendment 34 #

2018/0356M(NLE)

Motion for a resolution
Recital E
E. whereas Vietnam is a founding member of the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) and a party to the ongoingrecently concluded negotiations on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP);
2019/11/13
Committee: INTA
Amendment 40 #

2018/0356M(NLE)

Motion for a resolution
Recital H a (new)
Ha. whereas it is important to maximise the opportunities offered by this agreement in the most inclusive manner for businesses, in particular SMEs;
2019/11/13
Committee: INTA
Amendment 74 #

2018/0356M(NLE)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 3
3. Stresses the economic and strategic importance of this agreement, as the EU and Vietnam share a common agenda and common values – to stimulate growth and employment, boost competitiveness, fight against poverty and make progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); and champion a rules-based multilateral international trade system;
2019/11/13
Committee: INTA
Amendment 85 #

2018/0356M(NLE)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 4
4. Is convinced that the agreement will make further strides towards setting high standards and rules in the ASEAN region, helping to pave the way for a future region-to-region trade and investment agreement; stresses that the agreement also sends a strong signal in favour of open and free trade at times of protectionist tendencies and the questioning of multilateral rules-based trade; highlights that the agreement helps the EU to strengthen its presence in the ASEAN region, and allows the EU to promote its standards and values in the region; recalls its full support to multilateralism and the importance to achieve a sustainable and ambitious reform of the WTO able to ensure a rules-based international trade;
2019/11/13
Committee: INTA
Amendment 110 #

2018/0356M(NLE)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 7 a (new)
7a. Welcomes the strong SPS chapter which will set up a single and transparent procedure for the approval of EU exports of food products into Vietnam in order to accelerate the approval of EU export applications and avoid discriminatory treatment; commends Vietnam's commitment to applying the same import requirements to like products coming from all EU member states;
2019/11/13
Committee: INTA
Amendment 131 #

2018/0356M(NLE)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 11
11. Underlines that the EVFTA includes a robust, comprehensive and binding chapter on Trade and Sustainable Development (TSD) dealing with labour and environmental matters; stresses that the TSD chapter is designed to contribute to broader EU policy objectives, notably on inclusive growth, the fight against climate change and more generally in upholding EU values; emphasises that it is also an instrument for development and social progress in Vietnam to support Vietnam in its efforts to improve labour rights and to enhance protection at work and protection of the environment; calls on the EU to offer its support where necessary to help Vietnam advance in this regard; stresses the importance to ensure a specific and adequate monitoring of the TSD chapter in order to see it respected and implemented;
2019/11/13
Committee: INTA
Amendment 134 #

2018/0356M(NLE)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 11 a (new)
11a. Points out that a new Vietnamese Cyber Security Law, that entered into force at the beginning of 2019, has attracted a lot of criticism, as an intensified crackdown on human rights activists in the country has been documented, linked to the provisions of this new law which gives the authorities licence to censor content, control information and silence online dissidents; notes with regret that the legislation also raises concerns for EU economic interests, including forced data localisation provisions which are at odds with the EU's liberalisation agenda in this respect; calls on Vietnam to revise this law in line with international standards and welcomes the European Union's assistance in this respect;
2019/11/13
Committee: INTA
Amendment 158 #

2018/0356M(NLE)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 13 a (new)
13a. Welcomes the envisaged cooperation on the trade/related aspects of the ILO Decent Work Agenda, in particular the inter-linkage between trade and full and productive employment for all, including youth, women and people with disabilities; calls for a swift and meaningful start of this cooperation;
2019/11/13
Committee: INTA
Amendment 167 #

2018/0356M(NLE)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 14
14. Welcomes the commitment to effectively implement multilateral environmental agreements such as the Paris Agreement on climate change, and to act in favour of the conservation and sustainable management of wildlife, biodiversity and forestry; recalls that the Agreement provides for specific measures to fight against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated fishing (IUU) and to promote a sustainable and responsible fishery sector, including aquaculture; stresses that it is crucial for the EU and Vietnam to ensure full respect and implementation of the Paris Agreement, notably through the EVFTA;
2019/11/13
Committee: INTA
Amendment 182 #

2018/0356M(NLE)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 16
16. Underlines the crucial importance of effectively implementing all provisions and chapters of the agreement, ranging from market access to sustainable development and enforcement of all commitments; considers that all of the TSD provisions should be read as providing for legal obligations in international law; highlights in this context the new post of Chief Trade Enforcement Officer, who will work directly under the guidance of the Trade Commissioner; underlines that European companies, especially SMEs, should be encouraged to make full use of the benefits of the agreement and that any hurdle regarding the implementation should be remediated immediately;
2019/11/13
Committee: INTA
Amendment 189 #

2018/0356M(NLE)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 17
17. Calls for enhanced monitoring of the agreement and efforts to ensure that shortcomings are addressed rapidly with our trading partner; calls for specific technical assistance in order to help Vietnam implement some of their commitments via projects and expertise, notably linked to environmental and labour provisions;
2019/11/13
Committee: INTA
Amendment 200 #

2018/0356M(NLE)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 18 a (new)
18a. Calls on both Parties to undertake to develop programmes of cooperation activities to improve capacity and conditions for women to benefit from opportunities created by the agreement, including encouraging capacity building and skills enhancement of women at work and in business, fostering women's representation in decision making and positions of authority; improving women's access to, and participation and leadership in, science, technology and innovation; conducting gender-based analysis and gender-focused statistics relating to trade;
2019/11/13
Committee: INTA
Amendment 202 #

2018/0356M(NLE)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 18 b (new)
18b. Underlines the need for close monitoring of the implementation of the agreement and the human rights developments in Vietnam; Calls for a joint parliamentary scrutiny board, basing itself on the monitoring Group for Vietnam in the European Parliament and its equivalent in the Vietnamese National Assembly, which will be tasked to monitor the implementation of the agreement and the human rights developments in Vietnam;
2019/11/13
Committee: INTA
Amendment 210 #

2018/0356M(NLE)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 19 a (new)
19a. Welcomes the agreement, which will create more free and fair trade opportunities between the EU and Vietnam; urges the European Parliament to give it consent to the agreement, given that Vietnam takes steps to improve the civil and labour rights situation as to move in the direction of its commitments;
2019/11/13
Committee: INTA
Amendment 12 #

2018/0258(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 2
(2) There is currently an imbalance in the performance of customs control by Member States. This imbalance is due both to geographic differences between Member States and in their respective capacities and resources. The ability of Member States to react to challenges generated by the constantly evolving global business models and supply chains depend not only on the human component but also on the availability of modern and reliable customs control equipment. The provision of equivalent customs control equipment is therefore an important element in addressing the existing imbalance. It will improve equivalence in the performance of customs controls throughout Member States and thereby avoid the diversion of the flows of goods towards the weakest points. To ensure that the overall strength is increased as well as convergence in the performance of customs control by Member States, a clear definition of and strategy related to the weakest points is required.
2018/11/14
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 15 #

2018/0258(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 2 a (new)
(2 a) An inventory and equipment assessment at the EU land border by CELBET, the Central and South-Eastern Land Border Expert Team, took two years to complete. Whereas a similar assessment of EU’s ports, airports and postal hubs is not yet launched and its findings cannot be used as a basis for a standardisation for other types of customs control points.
2018/11/14
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 17 #

2018/0258(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 3
(3) A number of Member States have repeatedly expressed the need for financial support and requested an in-depth analysis of the equipment needed. In its conclusions18 on customs funding on 23 March 2017, the Council invited the Commission to "evaluate the possibility of funding technical equipment needs from future Commission financial programmes and improve coordination and (…) cooperation between Customs Authorities and other law enforcement authorities for funding purposes".
2018/11/14
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 22 #

2018/0258(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 6
(6) It is therefore opportune to establish a new Instrument for financial support for customs control equipment. Already existing formulas of financial support should be considered.
2018/11/14
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 23 #

2018/0258(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 7
(7) As customs authorities of the Member States have been taking up an increasing number of responsibilities, which often extend to the field of security and take place at the external border, ensuring equivalence in carrying out border control and customs control at the external borders needs to be addressed by providing adequate Union financial support to the Member States. It is equally important to promote inter-agency cooperation, including on cybersecurity, at Union borders as regards controls of goods and controls of persons among the national authorities in each Member State that are responsible for border control or for other tasks carried out at the border.
2018/11/14
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 25 #

2018/0258(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 11
(11) This Regulation lays down a financial envelope for the Instrument, which is to constitute the prime reference amount, within the meaning of point 17 of the Interinstitutional Agreement of 2 December 2013 between the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission on budgetary discipline, on cooperation in budgetary matters and on sound financial management21 , for the European Parliament and the Council during the annual budgetary procedure. To secure budgetary discipline, the conditions for how the grants will be prioritized should be clear, defined and based on identified needs for the tasks performed by Customs Points.
2018/11/14
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 26 #

2018/0258(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 11 a (new)
(11 a) It should be noted that the financial envelope for this instrument was established prior to the finalisation of an assessment of needs.
2018/11/14
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 33 #

2018/0258(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 15
(15) Most customs control equipment may be equally or incidentally fit for controls of compliance with other legislation, such as provisions on border management, visa or police cooperation. The Integrated Border Management Fund has therefore been conceived as two complementary instruments with distinct but coherent scopes for the purchase of equipment. On the one hand, the instrument for border management and visa established by Regulation [2018/XXX]25 will exclude equipment that can be used for both border management and customs control. On the other hand, the instrument for financial support for customs control equipment established by this Regulation will not only support financially equipment with customs controls as the main purpose but will also allow its use as well for additional purposes such as border controls and security. This distribution of roles will foster inter-agency cooperation as a component of the European integrated border management approach, as referred to in Article 4(e) of Regulation (EU) 2016/162426, thereby enabling customs and border authorities to work together and maximising the impact of the Union budget through co-sharing and inter-operability of control equipment. To ensure that any instrument or equipment financed by the fund is in permanent custody of the designated customs point that owns the equipment, a clear definition of co- sharing and interoperability between customs and border authorities shall be prepared.
2018/11/14
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 36 #

2018/0258(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 16
(16) By way of derogation from the Financial Regulation, funding of an action by several Union programmes or instruments should be possible in order to allow and support, where appropriate, cooperation and interoperability across domains. However, in such cases, the contributions may not cover the same costs in accordance with the principle of prohibition of double funding established by the Financial Regulation. If a Member State has already been awarded or has received contributions from another Union programme or support from an EU fund for the acquisition of the same equipment, that contribution or support shall be listed in the application.
2018/11/14
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 38 #

2018/0258(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 19
(19) Although central implementation is indispensable in order to achieve the specific objective of ensuring equivalent customs controls, given the technical nature of this Instrument, preparatory work is required at technical level. Therefore, implementation should be supported by assessments of needs that are dependent on national expertise and experience through the involvement of customs administrations of the Member States. Those assessments of needs should be based on a clear methodology including a minimum number of steps ensuring the collection of the required information. When the customs administrations and customs points of the Member States are requested to assist with assessment it should be considered that digitalization requirements already are imposing an increasing amount of work for these administrations.
2018/11/14
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 44 #

2018/0258(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 3 – paragraph 2
2. The Instrument has the specific objective of contributing to adequate and equivalent customs controls through the purchase, maintenance and upgrade of relevant, state-of-the-art and reliable customs control equipment. An additional objective is to improve equivalence in the performances of customs controls throughout Member States to avoid the diversion of goods towards weaker points in the EU.
2018/11/14
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 51 #

2018/0258(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 6 – paragraph 4
4. Customs control equipment financed under this Instrument should primarily be used for customs controls, but may be used for purposes additional to customs controls, including for control of persons in support of the national border management authorities and investigation.
2018/11/14
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 56 #

2018/0258(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 9 – paragraph 1 – point a a (new)
(a a) Costs relating to training or the upgrading of skills necessary for the use of the equipment;
2018/11/14
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 60 #

2018/0258(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 11 – paragraph 3 – subparagraph 1 – introductory part
The preparation of the work programmes referred to in paragraph 1 shall be supported by an assessment of needs, which shall consist of the following at a minimum:
2018/11/14
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 63 #

2018/0258(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 11 – paragraph 3 – subparagraph 1 – point c
(c) a common definition of a minimum and an optimal standard of customs control equipment by reference to the category of border crossing points and
2018/11/14
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 39 #

2018/0254(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital -1 (new)
(-1) The EU’s geopolitical context has changed dramatically in the last decade. The situation in Europe's neighbouring regions is unstable and the EU faces a complex and challenging environment combining the emergence of new threats like hybrid and cyber-attacks and the return of more conventional challenges. Faced with this context both European citizens and their political leaders share the view that more has to be done collectively to defend ourselves. 75% of Europeans support a common defence and security policy. In the joint declaration of 25 March 2017 in Rome, leaders of 27 Member States and the European Council, the European Parliament and the European Commission stated that the Union will strengthen its common security and defence and foster a more competitive and integrated defence industry.
2018/10/11
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 43 #

2018/0254(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 1 a (new)
(1 a) On 7 June 2017, the Commission adopted a Communication launching the European Defence Fund. A two-step approach was proposed: firstly, to test the approach, initial financing for both research and development has been made available under the 2014-2020 Multi- Annual Financial Framework ('MFF') by the adoption of Regulation (EU) 2018/10921a; secondly, a dedicated Fund would be established under the MFF 2021-2027 scaling up the funding for collaborative research in innovative defence products and technologies and for subsequent stages of the development cycle, including the development of prototypes. There should be a consistent and coherent approach between those two steps. _________________ 1a Regulation (EU) 2018/1092 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 July 2018 establishing the European Defence Industrial Development Programme aiming at supporting the competitiveness and innovation capacity of the Union's defence industry
2018/10/11
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 44 #

2018/0254(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 1 b (new)
(1 b) The defence sector is characterised by increasing costs of defence equipment and by high R&D costs that limit the launch of new defence programmes and directly impact on the competitiveness and innovation capacity of the EU industry. In view of the cost escalation, of the magnitude of non-recurring R&D expenses and of the small series that can be procured nationally, the development of a new generation of major defence systems and of new defence technologies is increasingly beyond the reach of single EU Member States.
2018/10/11
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 46 #

2018/0254(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 1 d (new)
(1 d) Despite the interplay between increasing costs and decreasing spending, defence planning and defence spending on R&D and procurement of equipment has remained largely at national level with very limited cooperation between Member States in defence equipment investments. Additionally, when implemented, only few programs are also linked to EU capability priorities: In 2015 only 16% of equipment was procured through European collaborative procurement, far away from the agreed collective benchmark of 35%.
2018/10/11
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 49 #

2018/0254(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 3
(3) Following an integrated approach and in order to contribute to the enhancement of the competitiveness and innovation capacity of the Union's defence industry, a European Defence Fund should be established. The Fund should aim at enhancing the competitiveness, innovation, efficiency and autonomy of the Union's defence industry thereby contributing to the Union's strategic autonomy by supporting the cross border cooperation between Member States and between enterprises, research centres, national administrations, international organisations and universities, in the research phase and in the development phase of defence products and technologies. To achieve more innovative solutions and an open internal market, the Fund should support the cross-border participation of defence small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and middle capitalisation companies (mid-caps).
2018/10/11
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 53 #

2018/0254(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 3 a (new)
(3 a) In order to achieve more innovative solutions and to foster an open internal market, the Fund should provide strong support to the cross-border participation of SMEs and middle capitalisation companies (mid-caps) and help create new market opportunities.
2018/10/11
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 63 #

2018/0254(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 13
(13) In certain circumstances, if this is necessary for achieving the objectives of the action, it should be possible to derogate from the principle that recipients and their subcontractors should not bet should be possible to derogate from the principle that beneficiaries and subcontractors involved in an action are not subject to control by non-associateda third countriesy or non-associatedby a third- country entitiesy. In that perspective, legal entitiecontext, undertakings established in the Union that are controlled by a non-associated third country or a non-associatedby a third -country entity can be eligible ifshould be able to be eligible for funding provided that relevant and, strict conditions relating to the security and defence interests of the Union and its Member States, as established in the framework of the Common Foreign and Security Policy pursuant to Title V of the Treaty on European Union (TEU), including in terms of strengthening the European Defence Technological and Industrial Base, are fulfilled. The participation of such entitieundertakings should not contravene the objectives of the Fund. ApplicantProgramme. Beneficiaries should provide all relevant information about the infrastructure, facilities, assets and resources to be used in the action. Member States' concerns regarding security of supply should also be taken into account.
2018/10/11
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 75 #

2018/0254(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 31
(31) The Commission should establish annual or multiannual work programmes in line with the objectives of the Fund. The work programme shall set out in detail the categories of projects to be funded under the Fund and their direct relation to the objectives set out in the Fund. The work programme shall also ensure that a credible proportion of the overall budget will benefit actions enabling the cross- border participation of SMEs, possibly on the basis of a specific project category focusing on SMEs cross-border participation. The Commission should be assisted in the establishment of the work programme by a committee of Member States. In order to benefit from its expertise in the defence sector, the European Defence Agency will be given the status of an observer in the committee. Given the specificities of the defence area, the European External Action Service should also assist in the committee of Member States.
2018/10/11
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 177 #

2018/0254(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 27 – paragraph 1 a (new)
1 a. The work programme shall set out in detail the categories of projects to be funded under the Programme and their direct relation to the objectives set out in Article 3.
2018/10/11
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 188 #

2018/0254(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 29 – paragraph 2
2. Independent experts shall be Union's citizens identified and selected on the basis of open and transparent calls for expressions of interest addressed to relevant organisations such as Ministries of Defence and subordinated agencies, research institutes, universities, business associations or enterprises of the defence sector with a view to establishing a list of experts. By derogation from Article [237] of the Financial Regulation, this list shall not be made public.
2018/10/11
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 196 #

2018/0254(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 32 – paragraph 4
4. The Commission shall communicate the conclusions of the evaluationssend the evaluations as referred to in paragraph 2 and 3, accompanied by its observations, to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions.
2018/10/11
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 241 #

2018/0217(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 8 – paragraph 2 – subparagraph 3 – indent 1 (new)
- The accreditation of paying agencies accredited for period 2014-2020 shall be carried over to the programming period 2021-2027 provided that new system operations and procedures implemented by the paying agency will be subject of an examination of the accreditation criteria to be adopted by the Commission in accordance with point(a) of Article 10 (1).
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 450 #

2018/0217(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 32 – paragraph 1
1. The Commission shall automatically decommit any portion of a budget commitment for rural development interventions in a CAP Strategic Plan that has not been used for the purposes of prefinancing or for making interim payments or for which no declaration of expenditure fulfilling the requirements laid down in Article 30(3) has been presented to it in relation to expenditure effected by 31 December of the seconthird year following that of the budget commitment.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 684 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 25
(25) In order to ensure a fairer distribution of income support, the Member States should decide that the amounts of direct payments above a certain ceiling should be reduced and the product should either be used for decoupled direct payments and in priority for the complementary redistributive income support for sustainability, or be transferred to the EAFRD. In order to avoid negative effects on employment, labour should be taken into account when applying the mechanism.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 767 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 32
(32) Member States should be allowed to use part of their financial ceiling available for direct payments for coupled income support in order to improve competitiveness, sustainability, and/or quality in certain sectors and productions, especially livestock sector and special crop production, that are particularly important for social, economic or environmental reasons and undergo certain difficulties, and where other tools are not sufficient enough or don´t exist. Member States should be free to identify the sectors that should benefit from this. Furthermore, Member States should also be allowed to use an additional part of their financial ceiling available for direct payments to grant coupled income support specifically for the support of protein crop production in order to reduce the Union's deficit in this regard.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 921 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 48
(48) Support for direct payments under the CAP Strategic Plans should be granted within national allocations to be fixed by this Regulation. These national allocations should reflect a continuation of the changes whereby the allocations to Member States with the lowest support level per hectare are gradually increased to close 50%off of the gap towards 90% of the Union average. In order to take into account the reduction of payments' mechanism and the use of its product in the Member State, the total indicative financial allocations per year in the CAP Strategic Plan of a Member State should be allowed to exceed the national allocation.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1242 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 4 – paragraph 1 – point d
(d) 'genuine farmers' shall be definedthe Member States may define "genuine farmers" in a way to ensure that no support is granted to those whose agricultural activity forms only an insignificant part of their overall economic activities or whose principal business activity is not agricultural, while not precluding from support pluri-active farmers. The definition shall allow to determine which farmers are not considered genuine farmers, based on conditions such as income tests, labour inputs on the farm, company object and/or inclusion in registers.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1244 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 4 – paragraph 1 – point d
(d) 'genuine farmers' shallmay be defined, where the Member States so decides, in a way to ensure that no support is granted to those whose agricultural activity forms only an insignificant part of their overall economic activities or whose principal business activity is not agricultural, while not precluding from support pluri-active farmers. The definition shall allow to determine which farmers are not considered genuine farmers, based on conditions such as income tests, labour inputs on the farm, company object and/or inclusion in registers.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1249 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 4 – paragraph 1 – point d a (new)
(d a) Member States may include other definitions in the CAP Strategic Plans that are considered necessary for the implementation of this regulation.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1836 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 15 – paragraph 1 – introductory part
1. Member States shallmay reduce the amount of direct paymentsbasic income support for sustainability to be granted to a farmer pursuant to this Chapter for a given calendar year exceas further specified ing EUR 60 000 as follow their CAP Strategic Plans:
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1839 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 15 – paragraph 1 – introductory part
1. Member States shallmay reduce the amount of direct paymentsbasic income support to be granted to a farmer pursuant to this Chapter for a given calendar year exceeding EUR 60 000 as follows:a financial ceiling set by the Member State
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1853 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 15 – paragraph 1 – point a
(a) by at least 25 % for the tranche between EUR 60 000 and EUR 75 000;deleted
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1857 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 15 – paragraph 1 – point a
(a) by at least 25 % for the tranche between EUR 60 000 and EUR 75 000;deleted
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1867 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 15 – paragraph 1 – point b
(b) by at least 50 % for the tranche between EUR 75 000 and EUR 90 000;deleted
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1871 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 15 – paragraph 1 – point b
(b) by at least 50 % for the tranche between EUR 75 000 and EUR 90 000;deleted
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1886 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 15 – paragraph 1 – point c
(c) by at least 75 % for the tranche between EUR 90 000 and EUR 100 000;deleted
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1888 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 15 – paragraph 1 – point c
(c) by at least 75 % for the tranche between EUR 90 000 and EUR 100 000;deleted
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1900 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 15 – paragraph 1 – point d
(d) by 100 % for the amount exceeding EUR 100 000.deleted
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1904 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 15 – paragraph 1 – point d
(d) by 100 % for the amount exceeding EUR 100 000.deleted
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1929 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 15 – paragraph 2 – subparagraph 1 – introductory part
Before applying paragraph 1, Member States shall subtract from the amount of direct paymentsbasic income support to be granted to a farmer pursuant to this Chapter in a given calendar year:
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1940 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 15 – paragraph 2 – subparagraph 1 – point a
(a) the salaries linked to an agricultural activity and related activities declared by the farmer, including taxes and social contributions related to employment; and
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1949 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 15 – paragraph 2 – subparagraph 1 – point b
(b) the equivalent cost of regular and unpaid labour linked to an agricultural activity and related activities practiced by persons working on the farm concerned who do not receive a salary, or who receive less remuneration than the amount normally paid for the services rendered, but are rewarded through the economic result of the farm business.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1966 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 15 – paragraph 2 – subparagraph 2
To calculate the amounts referred to in points a) and b), Member States shall use the average standarentire amounts of labour costs and salaries linked to an agricultural activity and related activities at national or regional level multiplied by the number of annual work units declared by the farmer concerned.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1982 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 15 – paragraph 3 – subparagraph 1
The estimated product of the reduction of payments shallmay primarily be used to contribute to the financing of the complementary redistributive income support for sustainability and thereafter of other interventions belonging to decoupled direct payments.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 2002 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 15 – paragraph 4
4. The Commission is empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 138 supplementing this Regulation with rules establishing a harmonised basis for calculation for the reduction of payments laid down in paragraph 1 to ensure a correct distribution of the funds to the entitled beneficiaries.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 2004 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 15 – paragraph 4
4. The Commission is empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 138 supplementing this Regulation with rules establishing a harmonised basis for calculation for the reduction of payments laid down in paragraph 1 to ensure a correct distribution of the funds to the entitled beneficiaries.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 2190 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 26 – paragraph 1
1. Member States shallmay provide for a complementary redistributive income support for sustainability (‘redistributive income support’) under the conditions set out in this Article and as further specified in their CAP Strategic Plans.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 2195 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 26 – paragraph 1
1. Member States shallmay provide for a complementary redistributive income support for sustainability (‘redistributive income support’) under the conditions set out in this Article and as further specified in their CAP Strategic Plans.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 2205 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 26 – paragraph 2
2. Member States shallmay ensure redistribution of support from bigger to smaller or medium-sized farms by providing for a redistributive income support in the form of an annual decoupled payment per eligible hectare to farmers who are entitled to a payment under the basic income support referred to in Article 17.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 3401 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 65 – paragraph 8
8. Commitments shall be undertaken for a period of five to seven years. However, where necessary in order to achieve or maintain certain environmental benefits sought, Member States may determine a longer period in the CAP Strategic Plan for particular types of commitments, including by means of providing for their annual extension after the termination of the initial period. In exceptional and duly justifiedrelevant cases, and for new commitments directly following the commitment performed in the initial period, Member States may determine a shorter period in their CAP Strategic Plans.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 4018 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 86 – paragraph 2 – subparagraph 1
At least 30% of the total EAFRD contribution to the CAP Strategic Plan as set out in Annex IX shall be reserved for interventions addressing the specific environmental- and climate-related objectives set out at least in points (d), (e) and (f) of Article 6(1) of this Regulation, excluding interventions based on Article 66.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 4023 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 86 – paragraph 2 – subparagraph 1
At least 30% of the total EAFRD contribution to the CAP Strategic Plan as set out in Annex IX shall be reserved for interventions of all types addressing the specific environmental- and climate-related objectives set out in points (d), (e) and (f) of Article 6(1) of this Regulation, excluding interventions based on Article 66.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 4079 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 86 – paragraph 5 – subparagraph 1
The indicative financial allocations for the coupled income support interventions referred to in Subsection 1 of Section 2 of Chapter II of Title III, shall be limited to a maximum of 106% of the amounts set out in Annex VII.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 4123 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 86 – paragraph 5 – subparagraph 3
The percentage referred to in the first subparagraph, may be increased by a maximum of 24%, provided that the amount corresponding to the percentage exceeding the 106% is allocated to the support for protein crops under Subsection 1 of Section 2 of Chapter II of Title III.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 131 #

2018/0168(COD)

Proposal for a directive
Article 1 – paragraph 1 – point 6
Directive 2009/103/EC
Article 28 c
No later than sefiven years after the date of transposition of this Directive, an evaluation and full review of this Directive shall be carried out. This evaluation shall, in particular, assess the suitability of this Directive in the light of technological developments related to autonomous, semi-autonomous and high speed small vehicles falling under categories of vehicles as referred to in Article 2, paragraph 2, point h), i), j), k) of Regulation (EU) No 168/2013, and whether the liability system it provides is likely to satisfy future needs. The Commission shall communicate the conclusions of the evaluation accompanied by its observations and, where appropriate, by a legislative proposal to the European Parliament, the Council and the European Economic and Social Committee.
2018/12/10
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 75 #

2018/0145(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 4 a (new)
(4a) The definitions, technical specifications and procedural requirements for the new safety features based on advanced technologies should be laid down by this Regulation and other relevant legislative acts with full respect to the principle of technological neutrality. They should also respect and comply with the complexity of systems already required and introduced in vehicles so that the most efficient and effective results are achieved with regards safety and overall performance of the vehicle.
2018/12/17
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 80 #

2018/0145(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 5 a (new)
(5a) The safety systems as defined in this Regulation should all be proven to be efficient and cost-effective. They should be easily understood, perceived and accepted by users.
2018/12/17
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 84 #

2018/0145(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 6
(6) Intelligent speed assistance, lane- keeping systems, driver drowsiness and, attention monitoring and distraction detectionmonitoring and reversing detection systems have a high potential to reduce casualty numbers considerably. In addition, those systems are based on technologies which will be used for the deployment of connected and automated vehicles too. Therefore, harmonised rules and test procedures for the type-approval of vehicles as regards those systems and for the type-approval of those systems as separate technical units should be established at Union level.
2018/12/17
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 91 #

2018/0145(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 7
(7) The introduction of event (accident) data recorders storing a range of crucial vehicle data over a very short timeframe before, during and after a triggering eventaction (for example, the deployment of an airbag) is a valuable step in obtaining more accurate, in-depth accident data. Motor-vehicles should therefore be required to be equipped with such recorders. It should also be a requirement that such recorders are capable for recording and storing data in such a way that the data can be used by Member States to conduct road safety analysis and assess the effectiveness of specific measures taken.
2018/12/17
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 95 #

2018/0145(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 8
(8) Any processing of personal data, such as information about the driver processed in event (accident) data recorders or information about the driver on drowsiness and, attention monitoring or advanceand distraction recognitionmonitoring, should be carried out strictly in accordance with EU legislation on data protection, in particular the General Data Protection Regulation28. In addition, the processing of personal data collected through the 112-based eCall in- vehicle system is subject to specific safeguards29. __________________ 28 Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 April 2016 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data, and repealing Directive 95/46/EC (General Data Protection Regulation), (OJ L 119, 4.5.2016, p. 1). 29 Regulation (EU) 2015/758 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 29 April 2015 concerning type-approval requirements for the deployment of the eCall in-vehicle system based on the 112 service and amending Directive 2007/46/EC, (OJ L 123, 19.5.2015, p. 77).
2018/12/17
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 99 #

2018/0145(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 15
(15) Historically, Union rules have limited the overall length of truck combinations which resulted in the typical cab-over-engine designs as they maximise the cargo space. However, the high position of the driver led to an increased blind spot area and poorer direct visibility around the truck cab. This is a major factor for truck accidents involving vulnerable road users. The number of casualties could be reduced significantly by improving direct vision. Requirements should therefore be introduced to improve the direct vision of the driver.
2018/12/17
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 100 #

2018/0145(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 16
(16) Given the emphasis of EU vehicle safety regulations to protect vulnerable road users, inter alia, by ensuring adequate visibility for drivers, public and private entities should refrain from requiringconsider viable alternatives to the affixing of any kind of label, vignette or sticker meant for whichever purpose to any part of the transparent surface of the vehicles’ glazing. Furthermore, national authorities should enforce that windscreens and side windows are indeed kept clear of non-compulsory labels, vignettes, stickers and any other vision impairing items as to not negate the effectiveness of the Union law on visibility for drivers.
2018/12/17
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 107 #

2018/0145(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 18
(18) Vehicle platooning has the potential to bring about safer, cleaner and more efficient transport in the future. In anticipation of the introduction of platooning technology and the relevant standards, a regulatory framework with harmonised rules and procedures will be needed. In this regard, the Commission should be empowered to adopt delegated acts to establish a harmonised format for the exchange of data for the purposes of multi-brand vehicle platooning, in compliance with EU legislation on data protection.
2018/12/17
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 110 #

2018/0145(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 20 a (new)
(20a) When adopting acts in accordance to the delegated powers, the Commission should make sure that there is always an appropriate period for the economic operators to adapt and fully apply the new rules and that such period should exceed at least 18 months before the date of application of the above-mentioned acts.
2018/12/17
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 115 #

2018/0145(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 25
(25) Detailed technical requirements and specific test procedures for type-approval of motor vehicles and their trailers, and of systems, components and separate technical units should be laid down in delegated acts before the date of application of this Regulation. Moreover, manufacturers should be allowed sufficient time to adapt to the requirements of this Regulation and the delegated acts adopted pursuant to it. Therefore, the application of this Regulation should be deferred, for a sufficient period of time: 18 months after the date of entry into force of this Regulation,
2018/12/17
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 120 #

2018/0145(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 3 – paragraph 2 – point 1
(1) ‘vulnerable road user’ means a road user using a two-wheel powered vehicle or a non-motorised road user, such as a cyclist or, a pedestrian or a wheelchair user;
2018/12/17
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 127 #

2018/0145(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 3 – paragraph 2 – point 3
(3) ‘intelligent speed assistance’ means a system to aidsupport the driver in observingadapting to the appropriate speed for the road environment by providing haptica feedback through the accelerator pedal wibased on the speed limit information obtained through observation of road signs and signals, based on infrastructure signals or electronic map data, or both, made available in-vehicle;
2018/12/17
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 134 #

2018/0145(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 3 – paragraph 2 – point 6
(6) ‘advanced distraction recognitionmonitoring’ means a system capable of recognition of theassessing level visualof attention of the driver gives to the traffic situation and warning the driver if needed;
2018/12/17
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 138 #

2018/0145(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 3 – paragraph 2 – point 7
(7) ‘emergency stop signal’ means rapid flashing stop lampsa light-signalling function to indicate to other road users to the rear of the vehicle that a high retardation force is being applied to the vehicle relative to the prevailing road conditions;
2018/12/17
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 139 #

2018/0145(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 3 – paragraph 2 – point 8
(8) ‘reversing detection’ means a camera or monitor, optical or detection system to make the driver aware of people and objects at the rear of the vehicle with the primary aim to avoid collisions upon reversing;
2018/12/17
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 144 #

2018/0145(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 3 – paragraph 2 – point 11
(11) ‘lane-keeping system’ means a system monitoring the position of the vehicle with respect to the road or lane boundaryies and applying a torque to the steering wheel, or pressure to the brakes,warning the driver or providing a haptic feedback at least when a lane departure occurs or is about to occur and a collision may be imminent;
2018/12/17
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 146 #

2018/0145(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 3 – paragraph 2 – point 13
(13) ‘event (accident) data recorder’ means a system recording and storing critical crash- related parameters and information before, during and after a collision;
2018/12/17
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 152 #

2018/0145(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 3 – paragraph 2 – point 21
(21) ‘assisted or automated vehicle’ means a motor vehicle designed and constructed to move autonomously for extendedcertain periods of time without continuous human supervision;
2018/12/17
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 166 #

2018/0145(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 5 – paragraph 1
1. Vehicles shall be equipped with an accurate tyre pressure monitoring system capable of giving an in-vehicle warning to the driver when a loss of pressure occurs in a tyre, in the interests of optimum fuel consumption and road safety, over a wide range of road and environmental conditions.
2018/12/17
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 169 #

2018/0145(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 5 – paragraph 2
2. Tyre pressure monitoring systems shall be designed to avoid resetting or recalibration at a low tyre pressure.deleted
2018/12/17
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 173 #

2018/0145(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 5 – paragraph 4 – point b
(b) the type-approval of tyres, including in its worn state for wet grip performance and technical requirements concerning their installation.
2018/12/17
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 183 #

2018/0145(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 6 – paragraph 1 – point d
(d) advanced distraction recognitionmonitoring;
2018/12/17
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 194 #

2018/0145(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 6 – paragraph 2 – point a
(a) it shall be possible for the driver to feel through the accelerator pedal that the applicable speed limit is reached or exceededable to indicate the current speed limit at any time in the vehicle;
2018/12/17
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 198 #

2018/0145(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 6 – paragraph 2 – point a a (new)
(aa) it shall be possible for the driver to be aware that the applicable speed limit is reached or exceeded;
2018/12/17
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 203 #

2018/0145(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 6 – paragraph 2 – point b
(b) it shall not be possible to switch off or supress the system;
2018/12/17
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 205 #

2018/0145(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 6 – paragraph 2 – point c
(c) it shall be possible for the driver to override the system’s prompted vehicle speed smoothly through a normal operation of the accelerator pedal without need for kick-down;
2018/12/17
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 211 #

2018/0145(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 6 – paragraph 2 – point d
(d) where a cruise control system is engaged,and the intelligent speed assistance system must automaticallyare engaged the vehicle shall be able to adapt to any lower speed limit.
2018/12/17
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 222 #

2018/0145(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 6 – paragraph 3
3. A motor vehicle equipped with an advanced distraction recognitionmonitoring system in accordance with point (d) of paragraph 1, may be considered to meet the requirement in point (c) of that paragraph too.
2018/12/17
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 227 #

2018/0145(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 7 – paragraph 2 – point b
(b) extending the detection capability to also include vulnerable road users, such as cyclists, pedestrian or wheelchairs users, ahead of the motor vehicle in the second phase.
2018/12/17
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 233 #

2018/0145(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 7 – paragraph 3
3. Vehicles of categories M1 and N1 shall be equipped with a lane-keeping system. The system shall allow: (a) to switch it off; (b) to be in normal operation mode upon each activation of the vehicle master control switch; (c) to easily suppress audible warnings, but such action shall not at the same time suppress system functions other than audible warnings.
2018/12/17
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 238 #

2018/0145(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 7 – paragraph 4 – introductory part
4. Advanced emergency braking systems and lane-keeping systems shall meet the following requirements in particular:
2018/12/17
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 245 #

2018/0145(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 7 – paragraph 4 – point c
(c) it shall be possible to easily suppress audible warnings, but such action shall not at the same time suppress system functions other than audible warnings.deleted
2018/12/17
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 251 #

2018/0145(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 7 – paragraph 5 – subparagraph 1 – introductory part
Vehicles of categories M1 and N1 shall be equipped with an event (accident) data recorder. Event (aAccident) data recorders shall meet the following requirements in particular:
2018/12/17
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 252 #

2018/0145(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 7 – paragraph 5 – subparagraph 1 – point a
(a) the data that they are capable of recording and storing with respect of the period shortly before, during and after a collision shall include, as a minimum, the vehicle’s speed, the state and rate of activation of its safety systems and any other relevant input parameters of the on- board active safety and accident avoidance systems;
2018/12/17
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 260 #

2018/0145(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 7 – paragraph 7 – point b
(b) the type-approval of event (accident) data recorders as separate technical units.
2018/12/17
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 283 #

2018/0145(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 11 – title
Specific requirements relating to assisted and automated vehicles
2018/12/17
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 286 #

2018/0145(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 11 – paragraph 1 – introductory part
1. In addition to the other requirements of this Regulation and of the delegated acts adopted pursuant to it that are applicable to vehicles of the respective categories, assisted or automated vehicles shall comply with the requirements set out in the delegated acts adopted under paragraph 2 relating to:
2018/12/17
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 287 #

2018/0145(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 11 – paragraph 1 – point c
(c) driver readinessattention monitoring systems;
2018/12/17
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 291 #

2018/0145(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 11 – paragraph 1 – point d
(d) event (accident) data recorders for automated vehicles;
2018/12/17
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 294 #

2018/0145(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 11 – paragraph 2
2. In order to ensure the safe operation of assisted and automated vehicles on public roads, the Commission is empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 12 to lay down requirements relating to the systems and other items listed in points (a) to (e) of paragraph 1 of this Article, and to lay down detailed rules concerning the specific test procedures and technical requirements for the type-approval of automated vehicles with regard to those requirements.
2018/12/17
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 303 #

2018/0145(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 17 – paragraph 2
It shall apply from [PO: Please insert the date 36 months following the date of entry into force of this Regulation]1 September 2022.
2018/12/17
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 73 #

2018/0112(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 5
(5) Online intermediation services and online search engines, as well as the commercial transactions facilitated by those services, have an intrinsic cross- border potential and are of particular importance for the proper functioning of the Union’s internal market in today’s economy. The potentially unfair and harmful trading practices of certain providers of those services in respect of business users and corporate website users hamper the full realisation of that potential and negatively affect the proper functioning of the internal market. In addition, the full realisation of that potential is hampered, and the proper functioning of the internal market is negatively affected, by diverging laws of certain Member States which, with a varying degree of effectiveness, regulate those services, while other Member States are considering adopting such laws.
2018/10/08
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 89 #

2018/0112(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 7
(7) Since online intermediation services and online search engines typically have a global dimension, this Regulation should apply to providers of those services regardless of whether they are established in a Member State or outside the Union, provided that two cumulative conditions are met. Firstly, the business users or corporate website users should be established in the Union. Secondly, the business users or corporate website users should, through the provision of those services, offer their goods or services to consumers located in the Union at least for part of the transaction. In accordance with Regulation (EC) No 44/2001 (Brussels I) and Regulation (EC) No 593/2008 (Rome I), this would mean that the online intermediation services and online search engines have targeted or directed sales to consumers located in one or more Member States, irrespective of where in the Union. Such consumers should be located in the Union, but do not need to have their place of residence in the Union nor have the nationality of any Member State. Accordingly, this Regulation should not apply where the business users or corporate websites users are not established in the Union or where they are established in the Union but where they use online intermediation services or online search engines to offer goods or services exclusively to consumers located outside the Union or to persons who are not consumers.
2018/10/08
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 95 #

2018/0112(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 8
(8) A wide variety of business-to- consumer commercial relations are intermediated online by providers operating multi-sided services that are essentially based on the same ecosystem- building business model. In order to capture the relevant services, online intermediation services should be defined in a precise and technologically-neutral manner. In particular, the services should consist of information society services, which are characterised by the fact that they aim to facilitate the initiating ofenable business users to target or direct offers of goods or services to consumers, with a view to receiving direct or indirect remuneration from direct transactions between business users and consumers, irrespective of whether the transactions are ultimately concluded either online, on the online portal of the provider of the online intermediation services in question or that of the business user, or offline. In addition, the services should be provided on the basis of contractual relationships both between the providers and business users and between the providers and the consumers. Such a contractual relationship should be deemed to exist where both parties concerned express their intention to be bound in an unequivocal and verifiable manner, without an express written agreement necessarily being required.
2018/10/08
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 116 #

2018/0112(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 10
(10) In line with the relevant case-law of the Court of Justice of the European Union and in light of the fact that the dependent position of business users has been observed principally in respect of online intermediation services that serve as a gateway to consumers in the form of natural persons, the notion of consumer used to delineate the scope of this Regulation is to be understood as referring solely to natural persons, where they are acting for purposes which are outside their trade, business, craft or profession. For the purpose of this Regulation, therefore, online intermediation services and search engines that allow solely direct or target offers of goods and services from businesses to other businesses are excluded because while there may be an imbalance relationship, there is not direct consequence on consumers.
2018/10/08
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 129 #

2018/0112(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 13
(13) To ensure that the general terms and conditions of a contractual relationship enable business users to determine the commercial conditions for the use, termination and suspension of online intermediation services, and to achieve predictability regarding their business relationship, those terms and conditions should be drafted in clear and unambiguousplain and intelligible language which is easily understood by an average business user. Terms and conditions should not be considered to have been drafted in clear and unambiguousplain and intelligible language where they are vague, unspecific or lack detail on important commercial issues and thus fail to give business users a reasonable degree of predictability on the most important aspects of the contractual relationship. Moreover, language that could be seen as misleading in the choice of phrasing should not be considered plain and intelligible.
2018/10/08
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 135 #

2018/0112(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 14
(14) Ensuring transparency in the general terms and conditions can be essential to promoting sustainable business relationships and to preventing unfair behaviour to the detriment of business users. Providers of online intermediation services should therefore also ensure that the terms and conditions are easily available at all stages of the contractual relationship, including to prospective business users at the pre-contractual phase, and that any modifications to those terms are notified to business users within a set notice period which is reasonable and proportionate in light of the specific circumstances and which is at least 150 days. That notice period should not apply where, and to the extent that, it is waived in an unambiguous manner by the business user concerned, where a modification is of a purely administrative nature and have no negative effect on the end-user, where a modification is needed to prevent an imminent harm or danger to the service or consumer, or where, and to the extent that, the need to implement the modification without respecting the notice period stems from a legal obligation incumbent on the service provider under Union or national law. A business users should be seen as taking an affirmative action accepting a modification and waiving this notice period by continuing to actively use the online intermediation services after notification, either by changing or adding additional goods, content or services, or by a statement of acceptance. The continued offering of goods, content and services placed on the online intermediation services before the modification notice, without the interaction of the business user, should not be deemed as an affirmative action accepting a modification.
2018/10/08
Committee: IMCO
Amendment 151 #

2018/0112(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 16
(16) A provider of online intermediation services can have legitimate reasons to decide to suspend or terminate the provision of its services, in whole or in part, to a given business user, including by delisting individual goods or services of a given business user or effectively removing search results. However, given that such decisions can significantly affect the interests of the business user concerned, they should be properly informed of the reasons thereof. The statement of reasons should allow business users to ascertain whether there is scope to challenge the decision, thereby improving the possibilities for business users to seek effective redress where necessary. In addition, requiring a statement of reasons should help to prevent or remedy any unintended removal of online content provided by business users which the provider incorrectly considers to be illegal content, in line with Commission Recommendation (EU) No 2018/33422. The. In order to avoid an unjustified burden by online intermediation services due the potential number of cases, the statement of reasons should take place in two parts. The online intermediation services immediately inform the business user of the general reasons for the decision on the grounds that the provider had set out in advance in its terms and condition. Upon the request of the business users, an additional statement of specific reasons should identify the objective ground or grounds for the decision, based on the grounds that the provider had set out in advance in its terms and conditions, and refer in a proportionate manner to the relevant specific circumstances that led to that decision. _________________ 22 2018/334 of 1 March 2018 on measures to effectively tackle illegal content online (OJ L 63, 6.3.2018