Economy Minister Niculae Bădălău presented today, in the IMCO Committee of the European Parliament, the priorities of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU) in the field of Internal Market. Minister Bădălău pointed out that this area is a sectoral priority of the EU Competitiveness Council, which he will preside over the next 6 months, and underlined the importance of working with the European Commission and the European Parliament in this area.
“The priority we give to the Internal Market is reflected in legislative and non-legislative actions. With reference to non-legislative actions, we are considering adopting thematic conclusions on the Single Market at the EU Competitiveness Council meeting of May 27, 2019. These conclusions will take into account that in the global context the main challenge of the EU Internal Market is to adapt the economy to the rapid evolution of digital technology. Ministers’ debates will take into account recent studies and communications from the European Commission on the remaining barriers remaining from the European internal market, ” Niculae Bădălău said.
At the same time, the Minister of Economy announced that in June of this year, the Internal Market Forum 2019 will be held in Bucharest, an event in which debates on the post-2020 Internal Market perspective will occur.
Mr. Niculae Bădălău also said that during the Rotating Presidency of the COMPET Council, the actions will be focused on legislative files.
“Specifically, our objectives are to finalize the trialogues with the European Parliament for 3 legislative dossiers, namely those concerning the Online Platforms, Market Surveillance and the Single Market Program, an integral part of the Multi-Annual Financial Framework 2021-2027. For the legislative dossier establishing the Program regarding The Single Market, the partial general approach took place under the Austrian Presidency at the EU Competitiveness Council on November 29, 2018 and we are ready to start negotiations with the European Parliament. Although the overall progress on the Internal Market Program depends on the negotiations on the Multiannual Financial Framework, we hope that we will be able to start discussions with the European Parliament as soon as possible. With regard to the file regarding The Online Platforms, we will strive to maintain the political commitment of all stakeholders and to continue the cooperation among ‘co-legislators’ for the closure of the file, which is one of our priorities within the current legislative cycle, ” the Minister for Economic Affairs Niculae Bădălău also said.
Niculae Bădălău also referred to the Market Surveillance file, and in regards to this specific file, he said: “It is a priority, in the context in which we want to make sure that the products consumed by European citizens are in line with the requirements of the European Union and in the context of where it is obvious that the Internal Market implies a better control of the products that enter the European Union market “.
Referring to the legislative files on Financial Support for the Equipment fort the Customs’ Control and the establishment of the Customs Program, Niculae Bădălău pointed out that the target was to reach political agreement during the Romanian Presidency, and that a final agreement on this file would be possible only after obtaining the agreement on the Multi-Annual Financial Framework.
Last but not least, the Romanian Minister of Economy has also referred to the proposal for a Directive on the Modernization of Consumer Protection Legislation, context in which he stated that, depending on the progress of the discussions in the Working Group, he wishes to obtain his mandate in the Council in the first part of February and the start of negotiations with the European Parliament.
The Minister of Economy answered the questions expressed by Euro Deputies Nicola Danti, Dita Charanzova, Maria Grapini, Andreas Schwab, Mihai Ţurcanu, Olga Sehnalova, concerning the legislative dossiers on Market Surveillance, the New Consumers’ Agreement, the Internal Market Program, and the products with double quality.
IMCO Commission President Anneleen VAN BOSSUYT expressed appreciation on the objectives of the Romanian Presidency on Internal Market and encouraged the political agreement on the legislative dossiers within the timeframe available in the current institutional cycle.