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    Public procurement
    On 5 September PM, Members will consider and vote on the outcome of trialogue negotiations for the legislative files on Public procurement and Procurement by entities operating in the water, energy, transport and postal service sectors (Tarabella – S&D) and Award of concession contracts (Juvin – EPP).

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    DRAFT OPINION on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Council Regulation (EC) No 207/2009 on the Community trade mark
    Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection
    Regina Bastos

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    Philippe Juvin © European Union
    Alongside the on-going reform of public procurement, the IMCO committee is currently considering a Commission proposal on concessions contracts. This initiative seeks to ensure a more efficient allocation of public money by establishing a single instrument regulating the competitive award of concessions contracts. The proposed rules seek to increase legal certainty for public authorities and to guarantee businesses effective access to the concessions markets across the EU.
     
    The European Commission presented its proposal and the Impact Assessment to the IMCO Members on 25h January 2012. The first exchange of views took place on 29th February 2012.
     
    Rapporteur: Philippe Juvin (EPP)
     
    Shadow rapporteurs: Antonio Panzeri (S&D), Cristian Silviu Buşoi (ALDE), Heide Rühle (Greens), Malcolm Harbour / Edvard Kožušník (ECR),
    Thomas Händel (GUE), Matteo Salvini (EFD)

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    Public procurement
    On 5 September PM, Members will consider and vote on the outcome of trialogue negotiations for the legislative files on Public procurement and Procurement by entities operating in the water, energy, transport and postal service sectors (Tarabella – S&D) and Award of concession contracts (Juvin – EPP).

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    Bernadette Vergnaud © European Union
    IMCO Committee is dealing with the reform of the Professional Qualifications Directive. Some of the main elements of the proposal for modernisation consist of the introduction of a European professional card, better access to information and access to e-government services, modernisation of harmonised minimum training requirements, an alert mechanism for health professions, common training principles, mutual evaluation exercise on regulated professions, rules on partial access to a regulated profession and the clarification of the rules on language skills.
     
    The European Commission presented its proposal and the impact assessments on the 9th of January and Members held a first exchange of view on the 28th of February. The Committee organized a hearing on the subject entitled "Growth & Mobility: Modernising the Professional Qualifications Directive" on the 25th of April. The members have held two considerations on the draft Report by the Rapporteur, on the 18th of September and the 10th of October. The deadline for amendments passed on the 15th of October, and the first consideration of amendments was held on the 6th of November.
     
    Following the adoption of the report in IMCO Committee in January 2013 , Members have started negotiations with the Irish Presidency and the European Commission in order to reach an early first reading agreement on this dossier.
     
    The first trialogue meetings are foreseen on the 20th of March and the 24th of April.
     
    From the EP side the negotiating team consists of Rapporteur Bernadette Vergnaud (S&D) and the shadow Rapporteurs: Constance Le Grip (EPP), Cristian Silviu Buşoi (ALDE), Heide Rühle (GREEND/EFA), Emma McClarkin (ECR), Thomas Händel (GUE/NGL), Matteo Salvini (EFD).

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    DRAFT OPINION on Regulatory framework for electronic communications
    Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection
    Malcolm Harbour

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    DRAFT OPINION on the food crisis, fraud in the food chain and the control thereof
    Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection
    Anna Maria Corazza Bildt

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    REPORT on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down the Union Customs Code (recast)
    Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection
    Constance Le Grip

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    Marc Tarabella © European Union
    The IMCO Committee is currently considering the Commission's proposals for a modernisation of the EU public procurement rules, including, more specifically, the revision of Directive 2004/18/EC ("Classic Directive") and of Directive 2004/17/EC ("Utilities Directive"). Public procurement is the process used by government institutions, public sector organisations and certain undertakings in the utilities sectors to buy supplies, services and public works. Such expenditure is a significant and influential component of the economy. The reform seeks to make the existing rules more flexible and easier to apply, to enable a greater strategic use of public purchasing power (to achieve green, social and innovation-related objectives) and to increase the use of new procurement techniques and tools such as joint buying and e-procurement. This work follows the adoption by the European Parliament of an IMCO own initiative report (rapporteur: Heide Rühle, Greens) in late 2011, in response to the Commission's Green Paper consultation.
     
    The European Commission presented its proposal and the Impact Assessment to the IMCO Members on 9th January 2012. The first exchange of views took place on 29th February 2012.
     
    Rapporteur: Marc Tarabella (S&D)
     
    Shadow rapporteurs: Frank Engel (EPP), Jürgen Creutzmann (ALDE), Heide Rühle (Greens), Malcolm Harbour / Edvard Kožušník (ECR), Dennis de Jong (GUE), Matteo Salvini (EFD)

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    Public authorities will have more scope to decide how best to spend taxpayers' money on public works, goods or services thanks to new EU rules formally endorsed by the Internal Market Committee on Thursday. Rather than force authorities to accept the lowest bid, the rules would enable them to pick innovative solutions. For example, building a new road cleverly, rather than just cheaply, should ensure that it does not need to be rebuilt after five years.
    Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection

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    Wednesday 25 September (09.00 - 12.30 and 15.00 - 18.30) and Thursday 26 September 2013 (09.00 - 12.30 and 15.00 - 18.30) in ASP 1G3. The draft agenda will follow soon.
     
    Newsletter: Issue 43: June 2013 - Previous issues  
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    Pietikainen and Schaldemose - Product Safety and Market Surveillance
    On 13 February 2013 the European Commission adopted a comprehensive package on Product Safety and Market Surveillance in order to improve safety of consumer products, in particular by strengthening product identification and traceability, and to simplify and improve the framework of market surveillance of products, particularly by eliminating currently existing overlaps and inconsistencies. The package, which is a key action of the Single Market Act II, consists of two legislative initiatives: a proposal for a new Regulation on Consumer Product Safety and a proposal for a single Regulation on Market Surveillance of Products, as well as complimentary non-legislative measures, in particular multi-annual plan for market surveillance setting out 20 actions to be implemented until 2015 to make progress in market surveillance.
     
    Two legislative proposals and the accompanying impact assessment have been presented in IMCO Committee on 7 May 2013 and Members held a first exchange of view at the same day. The Committee is organizing a hearing on the subject entitled "Safe Products and a Fair Market: Challenges and Opportunities" on the 29 May 2013.
     
    Rapporteur for the Regulation on Consumer Product Safety: Christel Schaldemose (S&D)
     
    Shadow Rapporteurs: Raffaele Baldassarre (EPP), Jürgen Creutzmann (ALDE), Heide Rühle (Greens/EFA), Ashley Fox (ECR).
     
    Rapporteur for the Regulation on Market Surveillance of Products: Sirpa Pietikäinen (EPP)
     
    Shadow Rapporteurs: Christel Schaldemose (S&D), Cristian Silviu Buşoi (ALDE), Heide Rühle (Greens/EFA), Ashley Fox (ECR).

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    vote, votes, voting
    At their Plenary meetings in Strasbourg, Members will vote on 10 September on the own-Initiative report on Online gambling in the Internal Market (A. Fox) and debate (10/09) and vote (11/09) on the legislative report on Union Customs Code (C. Le Grip) and the non-legislative report on the Internal Market for Services: State of Play and Next Steps (Corazza Bildt).

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    OPINION on General budget of the European Union for the financial year 2014 - all sections
    Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection
    Ildikó Gáll-Pelcz

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    Public procurement
    After several months of arduous negotiations with the Council, Members endorsed the outcome of the trialogue negotiations on the classic and utilities directives by 29 votes in favour, 1 against and 1 abstention. The Rapporteur underlined that a well-balanced package had been achieved, especially advancing the concept of most economically advantageous tender rather than awards based on lowest cost, greater possibilities for the respect of social and ecological award criteria and means to deal with abnormally low offers. He stressed the close cooperation between all Groups and welcomed the joint provisions that had been found across the three different instruments, notably on public procurement and concessions.
     
    The text of the directive on the award of concessions contracts, as agreed between the Council and the Parliament during trialogue negotiations, was adopted by 26 votes in favour, 2 against and 1 abstention. The Rapporteur stated that the final outcome constituted a global political agreement, bridging the initially divergent positions of Council and Parliament, and expressed his satisfaction for the establishment of EU wide legislation in the field of concessions. He further on explained that such legislation constitutes the first step towards the construction of solid European law, expected to ensure legal security and consolidate the lessons learned by the jurisprudence of the Court of Justice of the European Union.
     
    The Directives will now be put to a vote in Plenary.
     

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    European retail action plan
    The Rapporteur presented his draft report, highlighting the importance of the retail sector which contributes 11% of EU GDP and delivers more than 15% of all jobs. The report focuses on a number of actions put forward to unleash the retail sector's potential in stimulating growth and job creation, and to benefit consumers. Furthermore, the draft report notes that the Commission did not address the consequences of the economic crisis, and warns against measures, such as increased taxes, that would harm the interests of the sector and consumers alike. It also underlines the social role of retail and calls for actions to support the independent retailer and promote diversity of shops and multichannel retail strategies, focusing on small shops rather than large shopping centres and e-commerce only. Finally, the draft report looks at the question of voluntary initiatives vs. legislation in combating unfair trading practices.
     
    Shadows broadly supported the main elements of the draft report but felt that further clarifications will be needed, for instance on the ways to support small shops or the role of e-commerce. The need for more transparency, fairness and efficient implementation of legislation was highlighted but also the need to be bolder in respect of unfair practices. The Commission representative (M. Rehbinder, DG MARKT) confirmed that their services were already looking at many issues raised during the discussion and announced that the results of the consultation on unfair trading practices would be presented shortly while the impact assessment and conclusions on the following steps can be expected towards the end of the year. The deadline for amendments was set on 10 September 2013.
     

    Further information
    Cornelis De Jong
    Procedure file

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    MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION
    to wind up the debate on the statement by the Commission
    pursuant to Rule 110(2) of the Rules of Procedure
    on a Cybersecurity Strategy of the European Union: An Open, Safe and Secure Cyberspace
    (2013/2606(RSP))
    Malcolm Harbour, Andreas Schwab
    on behalf of the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection
    Elmar Brok, Tunne Kelam
    on behalf of the Committee on Foreign Affairs

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