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2010/0098(CNS) Case of nuclear accident or other radiological emergency: maximum permitted levels of radioactive contamination of foodstuffs and of feedingstuffs

Progress: Procedure lapsed or withdrawn

RoleCommitteeRapporteurShadows
Lead ITRE BELET Ivo (icon: PPE PPE) GIEREK Adam (icon: S&D S&D), HALL Fiona (icon: ALDE ALDE), RIVASI Michèle (icon: Verts/ALE Verts/ALE), FORD Vicky (icon: ECR ECR)
Committee Opinion JURI GERINGER DE OEDENBERG Lidia Joanna (icon: S&D S&D)
Committee Legal Basis Opinion JURI LICHTENBERGER Eva (icon: Verts/ALE Verts/ALE)
Lead committee dossier:
Legal Basis:
Euratom Treaty A 031

Events

2015/03/07
   EC - Proposal withdrawn by Commission
2011/03/16
   EC - Commission response to text adopted in plenary
Documents
2011/02/15
   EP - Results of vote in Parliament
2011/02/15
   EP - Decision by Parliament
Details

The European Parliament adopted by 555 votes to 62, with 40 abstentions, a legislative resolution on the proposal for a Council regulation (Euratom) laying down maximum permitted levels of radioactive contamination of foodstuffs and of feedingstuffs following a nuclear accident or any other case of radiological emergency (recast).

Documents
2011/02/14
   EP - Debate in Parliament
2011/01/24
   EP - Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading
Documents
2011/01/24
   EP - Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading
Documents
2011/01/13
   EP - Vote in committee
Details

The Committee on Industry, Research and Energy adopted the report drafted by Ivo BELET (EPP, BE) amending, under a special legislative procedure (European Parliament consultation), the proposal for a Council regulation (Euratom) laying down maximum permitted levels of radioactive contamination of foodstuffs and of feedingstuffs following a nuclear accident or any other case of radiological emergency (recast).

Although this proposal is dealt with through the recasting technique, the committee proposes to substantially amend the proposal so as to ensure the legal certainty and coherence of the text.

Members propose detailed amendments to the codified parts of the proposal:

Legal basis : to ensure a high level of health protection for EU citizens in the event of radioactive contamination and to give democratic legitimacy to the adoption of this Regulation, the legal basis should be changed under the new Lisbon Treaty to give the European Parliament a decision-making role on a regulation potentially affecting public health. The proposal is to consider public health (Article 168) and consumer protection (Article 169(1)).

Specify the Commission’s role : Members wish to streamline the procedure in case of nuclear emergency by clearly giving a supervisory role to the Commission and clarifying the regime of its acts (adoption, revision). To this end, they suggest that the Commission should be empowered to:

· immediately apply the maximum permitted levels of radioactive contamination as defined in the Annexes;

· adopt 'delegated acts' to revise and supplement the levels of contamination and the list of minor foodstuffs and feedingstuffs, to take due account of the latest technical progress.

The Commission shall be assisted by a committee of independent scientific experts on public health and food safety. The members of the committee shall be selected according to scientific criteria.

The Commission shall make public the composition of the committee of experts and its members' declaration of interests.

Limit the margins of manoeuvre given to Member States : Members aim to serve the interest of the citizens through a better management of the post-accident situation by limiting the intervention and margins of manoeuvre given to Member States. On the one hand, since the procedure of 'confirmation' or 'adaptation' of the application of the maximum permitted levels by the Council seems unnecessary and a source of legal uncertainty, the report suggests deleting this level of intervention. On the other hand, the initiatives of Member States as regards the revision or addition to the levels of contamination, as well as rules for implementing the regulation, are respectively streamlined through delegated/implementing acts regime.

Application : the report stipulates that this Regulation shall also apply to foodstuffs or feedingstuffs imported from third countries, in customs transit or intended for export. Member States shall monitor compliance with the maximum permitted levels. For that purpose Member States shall maintain a system of official controls of foodstuffs and feedingstuffs, and other activities as appropriate in the circumstances, including public communication on food and feed safety and risks, in accordance Regulation 178/2002.

Report : the Commission shall submit, by March 2012, a report to the European Parliament and the Council on the appropriateness of the maximum permitted levels laid down in Annexes I and III, and on the appropriateness of maintaining a list of minor foodstuffs as laid down in Annex II.

That report shall in particular examine the compliance of the maximum permitted levels with the effective dose limit of 1 mSv/y for members of the public under the conditions laid down in Directive 96/29 Euratom and consider the possible inclusion of additional relevant radio nucleides in Annex I and III.

In assessing the levels, the report shall focus on the protection of the most vulnerable population groups, in particular children, and examine whether it would be appropriate to set maximum permitted levels for all categories of population on that basis.

2010/11/22
   EP - Specific opinion
Documents
2010/11/16
   EP - Amendments tabled in committee
Documents
2010/11/11
   EP - LICHTENBERGER Eva (Verts/ALE) appointed as rapporteur in JURI
2010/10/12
   EP - Committee draft report
Documents
2010/09/15
   ESC - Economic and Social Committee: opinion, report
Documents
2010/06/16
   EP - BELET Ivo (PPE) appointed as rapporteur in ITRE
2010/06/15
   EP - Committee referral announced in Parliament
2010/06/09
   EP - GERINGER DE OEDENBERG Lidia Joanna (S&D) appointed as rapporteur in JURI
2010/04/27
   EC - Legislative proposal published
Details

PURPOSE: to lay down maximum permitted levels of radioactive contamination of foodstuffs and of feedingstuffs following a nuclear accident or any other case of radiological emergency (recast).

PROPOSED ACT: Council Regulation (Euratom).

LEGAL BASE: Article 31 of the European Atomic Energy Community Treaty

IMPACT ASSESSMENT: no impact assessment was carried out.

CONTENT: the Commission initiated the codification of Council Regulation (Euratom) No 3954/87 laying down maximum permitted levels of radioactive contamination of foodstuffs and of feedingstuffs following a nuclear accident or any other case of radiological emergency, Commission Regulation (Euratom) No 944/89 and Commission Regulation (Euratom) No 770/90, and a relevant proposal was submitted to the legislative authority. The new Regulation was to have superseded the various acts incorporated in it.

In the course of the legislative procedure, it was acknowledged that a provision appearing in the proposal for a codified text provided for a reservation of implementing powers by the Council which was not justified in the recitals of Regulation (Euratom) No 3954/87. In the light of the judgment of the Court of Justice of 6 May 2008 in Case C-133/06, it was considered necessary to insert a new recital in the new act replacing and repealing that Regulation in order to justify that reservation of implementing powers. Since the insertion of such a recital would imply a substantive change, and would therefore go beyond straightforward codification, it was considered necessary that point 8 of the Interinstitutional Agreement of 20 December 1994 - Accelerated working method for official codification of legislative texts - be applied, in the light of the Joint Declaration on that point.

Pursuant to Regulation (Euratom) No 3954/87, the Commission, after being informed of a nuclear accident or of any other case of radiological emergency which is likely to lead or has led to a significant radioactive contamination of foodstuffs and feedingstuffs, is to immediately adopt, if the circumstances so require, a Regulation rendering applicable pre-established maximum permitted levels of radioactive contamination. The period of validity of such a Regulation is to be as short as possible and must not exceed three months. Within one month of its adoption and after consultation with experts, the Commission is to submit to the Council a proposal for a Regulation to adapt or confirm the provisions of the Regulation previously adopted by the Commission, in particular the establishment of maximum permitted levels of radioactive contamination, based on Article 31 of the Euratom Treaty, in view of the need to protect the health of the population. Therefore, as a matter of urgency, it is appropriate for the Council to reserve the right to exercise directly the power to adopt those adjusted measures within this short timeframe. This is, however, without prejudice to the possibility that, in the long term after the nuclear accident or the radiological emergency, other legal instruments or another legal basis may be used for the purpose of controlling foodstuffs or feedingstuffs being placed on the market, for which this reservation of implementing powers will not apply. It is therefore appropriate to transform the codification of Regulation (Euratom) No 3954/87, Regulation (Euratom) No 944/89 and Regulation (Euratom) No 770/90 into a recast in order to incorporate the necessary amendment.

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS: the proposal has no implication for the Community budget.

Documents

AmendmentsDossier
55 2010/0098(CNS)
2010/11/16 ITRE 55 amendments...
source: PE-452.760

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        • date: 2010-04-27T00:00:00 type: Legislative proposal published body: EC docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/registre/docs_autres_institutions/commission_europeenne/com/2010/0184/COM_COM(2010)0184_FR.pdf title: COM(2010)0184 url: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/smartapi/cgi/sga_doc?smartapi!celexplus!prod!DocNumber&lg=EN&type_doc=COMfinal&an_doc=2010&nu_doc=184 title: EUR-Lex summary: PURPOSE: to lay down maximum permitted levels of radioactive contamination of foodstuffs and of feedingstuffs following a nuclear accident or any other case of radiological emergency (recast). PROPOSED ACT: Council Regulation (Euratom). LEGAL BASE: Article 31 of the European Atomic Energy Community Treaty IMPACT ASSESSMENT: no impact assessment was carried out. CONTENT: the Commission initiated the codification of Council Regulation (Euratom) No 3954/87 laying down maximum permitted levels of radioactive contamination of foodstuffs and of feedingstuffs following a nuclear accident or any other case of radiological emergency, Commission Regulation (Euratom) No 944/89 and Commission Regulation (Euratom) No 770/90, and a relevant proposal was submitted to the legislative authority. The new Regulation was to have superseded the various acts incorporated in it. In the course of the legislative procedure, it was acknowledged that a provision appearing in the proposal for a codified text provided for a reservation of implementing powers by the Council which was not justified in the recitals of Regulation (Euratom) No 3954/87. In the light of the judgment of the Court of Justice of 6 May 2008 in Case C-133/06, it was considered necessary to insert a new recital in the new act replacing and repealing that Regulation in order to justify that reservation of implementing powers. Since the insertion of such a recital would imply a substantive change, and would therefore go beyond straightforward codification, it was considered necessary that point 8 of the Interinstitutional Agreement of 20 December 1994 - Accelerated working method for official codification of legislative texts - be applied, in the light of the Joint Declaration on that point. Pursuant to Regulation (Euratom) No 3954/87, the Commission, after being informed of a nuclear accident or of any other case of radiological emergency which is likely to lead or has led to a significant radioactive contamination of foodstuffs and feedingstuffs, is to immediately adopt, if the circumstances so require, a Regulation rendering applicable pre-established maximum permitted levels of radioactive contamination. The period of validity of such a Regulation is to be as short as possible and must not exceed three months. Within one month of its adoption and after consultation with experts, the Commission is to submit to the Council a proposal for a Regulation to adapt or confirm the provisions of the Regulation previously adopted by the Commission, in particular the establishment of maximum permitted levels of radioactive contamination, based on Article 31 of the Euratom Treaty, in view of the need to protect the health of the population. Therefore, as a matter of urgency, it is appropriate for the Council to reserve the right to exercise directly the power to adopt those adjusted measures within this short timeframe. This is, however, without prejudice to the possibility that, in the long term after the nuclear accident or the radiological emergency, other legal instruments or another legal basis may be used for the purpose of controlling foodstuffs or feedingstuffs being placed on the market, for which this reservation of implementing powers will not apply. It is therefore appropriate to transform the codification of Regulation (Euratom) No 3954/87, Regulation (Euratom) No 944/89 and Regulation (Euratom) No 770/90 into a recast in order to incorporate the necessary amendment. FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS: the proposal has no implication for the Community budget.
        • date: 2010-06-15T00:00:00 type: Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading body: EP
        • date: 2011-01-13T00:00:00 type: Vote in committee, 1st reading/single reading body: EP summary: The Committee on Industry, Research and Energy adopted the report drafted by Ivo BELET (EPP, BE) amending, under a special legislative procedure (European Parliament consultation), the proposal for a Council regulation (Euratom) laying down maximum permitted levels of radioactive contamination of foodstuffs and of feedingstuffs following a nuclear accident or any other case of radiological emergency (recast). Although this proposal is dealt with through the recasting technique, the committee proposes to substantially amend the proposal so as to ensure the legal certainty and coherence of the text. Members propose detailed amendments to the codified parts of the proposal: Legal basis : to ensure a high level of health protection for EU citizens in the event of radioactive contamination and to give democratic legitimacy to the adoption of this Regulation, the legal basis should be changed under the new Lisbon Treaty to give the European Parliament a decision-making role on a regulation potentially affecting public health. The proposal is to consider public health (Article 168) and consumer protection (Article 169(1)). Specify the Commission’s role : Members wish to streamline the procedure in case of nuclear emergency by clearly giving a supervisory role to the Commission and clarifying the regime of its acts (adoption, revision). To this end, they suggest that the Commission should be empowered to: · immediately apply the maximum permitted levels of radioactive contamination as defined in the Annexes; · adopt 'delegated acts' to revise and supplement the levels of contamination and the list of minor foodstuffs and feedingstuffs, to take due account of the latest technical progress. The Commission shall be assisted by a committee of independent scientific experts on public health and food safety. The members of the committee shall be selected according to scientific criteria. The Commission shall make public the composition of the committee of experts and its members' declaration of interests. Limit the margins of manoeuvre given to Member States : Members aim to serve the interest of the citizens through a better management of the post-accident situation by limiting the intervention and margins of manoeuvre given to Member States. On the one hand, since the procedure of 'confirmation' or 'adaptation' of the application of the maximum permitted levels by the Council seems unnecessary and a source of legal uncertainty, the report suggests deleting this level of intervention. On the other hand, the initiatives of Member States as regards the revision or addition to the levels of contamination, as well as rules for implementing the regulation, are respectively streamlined through delegated/implementing acts regime. Application : the report stipulates that this Regulation shall also apply to foodstuffs or feedingstuffs imported from third countries, in customs transit or intended for export. Member States shall monitor compliance with the maximum permitted levels. For that purpose Member States shall maintain a system of official controls of foodstuffs and feedingstuffs, and other activities as appropriate in the circumstances, including public communication on food and feed safety and risks, in accordance Regulation 178/2002. Report : the Commission shall submit, by March 2012, a report to the European Parliament and the Council on the appropriateness of the maximum permitted levels laid down in Annexes I and III, and on the appropriateness of maintaining a list of minor foodstuffs as laid down in Annex II. That report shall in particular examine the compliance of the maximum permitted levels with the effective dose limit of 1 mSv/y for members of the public under the conditions laid down in Directive 96/29 Euratom and consider the possible inclusion of additional relevant radio nucleides in Annex I and III. In assessing the levels, the report shall focus on the protection of the most vulnerable population groups, in particular children, and examine whether it would be appropriate to set maximum permitted levels for all categories of population on that basis.
        • date: 2011-01-24T00:00:00 type: Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading body: EP docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=REPORT&mode=XML&reference=A7-2011-1&language=EN title: A7-0001/2011
        • date: 2011-02-14T00:00:00 type: Debate in Parliament body: EP docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?secondRef=TOC&language=EN&reference=20110214&type=CRE title: Debate in Parliament
        • date: 2011-02-15T00:00:00 type: Results of vote in Parliament body: EP docs: url: https://oeil.secure.europarl.europa.eu/oeil/popups/sda.do?id=19363&l=en title: Results of vote in Parliament
        • date: 2011-02-15T00:00:00 type: Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading body: EP docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=TA&language=EN&reference=P7-TA-2011-55 title: T7-0055/2011 summary: The European Parliament adopted by 555 votes to 62, with 40 abstentions, a legislative resolution on the proposal for a Council regulation (Euratom) laying down maximum permitted levels of radioactive contamination of foodstuffs and of feedingstuffs following a nuclear accident or any other case of radiological emergency (recast).
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