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Document 52013AP0542

Amendments adopted by the European Parliament on 10 December 2013 on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on imports of rice originating in Bangladesh (COM(2012)0172 — C7-0102/2012 — 2012/0085(COD))

OJ C 468, 15.12.2016, p. 266–271 (BG, ES, CS, DA, DE, ET, EL, EN, FR, HR, IT, LV, LT, HU, MT, NL, PL, PT, RO, SK, SL, FI, SV)

15.12.2016   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

C 468/266


P7_TA(2013)0542

Imports of rice from Bangladesh ***I

Amendments adopted by the European Parliament on 10 December 2013 on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on imports of rice originating in Bangladesh (COM(2012)0172 — C7-0102/2012 — 2012/0085(COD)) (1)

(Ordinary legislative procedure: first reading)

(2016/C 468/51)

Amendment 1

Proposal for a regulation

Title

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Proposal for a REGULATION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL on imports of rice originating in Bangladesh

Proposal for a REGULATION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL on imports of rice originating in Bangladesh and repealing Council Regulation (EEC) No 3491/90

Amendment 2

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(3)

In order to ensure the reliability and the efficiency of the preferential import arrangement, the power to adopt acts in accordance with Article 290 of the Treaty should be delegated to the Commission to establish rules making the participation in the arrangement conditional upon the lodging of a security. It is of particular importance that the Commission carry out appropriate consultations during its preparatory work, including at expert level. The Commission, when preparing and drawing up delegated acts, should ensure a simultaneous, timely and appropriate transmission of relevant documents to the European Parliament and to the Council.

(3)

In order to ensure the reliability and the efficiency of the preferential import arrangement, the power to adopt acts in accordance with Article 290 of the Treaty should be delegated to the Commission to establish rules making the participation in the arrangement conditional upon the lodging of a security in line with Commission Regulation (EC) No 1964/2006 of 22 December 2006 laying down detailed rules for the opening and administration of an import quota for rice originating in Bangladesh, pursuant to Council Regulation (EEC) No 3491/90  (2). It is of particular importance that the Commission carry out appropriate consultations during its preparatory work, including at expert level. The Commission, when preparing and drawing up delegated acts, should ensure a simultaneous, timely and appropriate transmission of relevant documents to the European Parliament and to the Council.

Amendment 3

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 4

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(4)

In order to ensure uniform conditions for the implementation of this Regulation, implementing powers should be conferred on the Commission. Those powers, save where explicitly provided otherwise, should be exercised in accordance with Regulation (EU) No 182/2011 of the European Parliament and the Council of 16 February 2011 laying down the rules and general principles concerning mechanisms for control by Member states of the Commission's exercise of implementing powers . However, where the suspension of the preferential import arrangement becomes necessary, the Commission should be allowed to adopt implementing acts without applying the Regulation (EU) No 182/2011.

(4)

In order to ensure uniform conditions for the adoption of certain measures for the implementation of this Regulation, implementing powers should be conferred on the Commission. Those powers, save where explicitly provided otherwise, should be exercised in accordance with Regulation (EU) No 182/2011 of the European Parliament and the Council of 16 February 2011 laying down the rules and general principles concerning mechanisms for control by Member states of the Commission's exercise of implementing powers . However, where the suspension of the preferential import arrangement becomes necessary, the Commission should adopt an implementing act without applying Regulation (EU) No 182/2011.

Amendment 4

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 7

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(7)

To ensure the advantages of the preferential import arrangements are limited only to rice originating in Bangladesh, a certificate of origin should be issued and an export tax of an amount corresponding to the reduction of the import duty should be collected by the exporting country .

(7)

To ensure the advantages of the preferential import arrangements are limited only to rice originating in Bangladesh, a certificate of origin should be issued.

Amendment 5

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 7 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(7a)

This Regulation is part of the Union's common commercial policy, which must be consistent with the objectives of the Union policy in the field of development cooperation as set out in Article 208 of the Treaty, in particular the eradication of poverty and the promotion of sustainable development and good governance in the developing countries. As such, it should also comply with World Trade Organization (WTO) requirements, in particular with the Decision on Differential and More Favourable Treatment, Reciprocity and Fuller Participation of Developing Countries (the ‘Enabling Clause’), adopted under the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) in 1979, under which WTO Members may accord differential and more favourable treatment to developing countries,

Amendment 6

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 7 b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(7b)

This Regulation is also based on the recognition of the right of small farmers and rural workers to a decent income and to a safe and healthy working environment as fundamental in relation to achieving the general objectives of granting trade preferences to developing countries and least developed countries in particular. The Union aims to define and pursue common policies and actions in order to foster the sustainable economic, social and environmental development of developing countries, with the primary aim of eradicating poverty. In this context, the ratification and effective implementation of core international conventions on human and labour rights, environmental protection and good governance are essential, as reflected by the special incentive arrangement providing for additional tariff preferences under Regulation (EU) No 978/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 October 2012 applying a scheme of generalised tariff preferences  (3) ,

Amendment 13

Proposal for a regulation

Article 7 c (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(7c)

To ensure that this Regulation is in line with the general provisions set out in Article 208 TFEU, only rice that is produced, harvested and processed in accordance with the International Labour Organisation Conventions listed in Annex VIII to Regulation (EU) No 978/2012, and in particular with Conventions on Forced Labour (No. 29), Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organise (No. 87), the Right to Organise and Collective Bargaining (No. 98), Equal Remuneration (No. 1000), Abolition of Forced Labour (No 105), Discrimination (Employment and Occupation) (No. 111) and on the Worst Forms of Child Labour (No. 182), should be covered under this Regulation;

Amendment 7

Proposal for a regulation

Article 1 — paragraph 1 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

1a.     This Regulation recognises the right of small farmers and rural workers to a decent income and to a safe and healthy working environment and regards respect for that right as fundamental in relation to achieving the general objectives of granting trade preferences to developing countries and, in particular, to least developed countries.

Amendment 8

Proposal for a regulation

Article 1 — paragraph 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

3.    By means of an implementing act adopted without the assistance of the Committee referred to in Article 323(1) of Regulation No XXXX/XXXX, the Commission shall suspend the application of the preferential import arrangement provided for in paragraph 1 of this Article once it ascertains that, during the year in progress, imports qualifying under the said arrangement have reached the quantity indicated in paragraph 2.

3.   The Commission shall adopt an implementing act suspending the application of the preferential import arrangement provided for in paragraph 1 of this Article once it ascertains that, during the year in progress, imports qualifying under the said arrangement have reached the quantity indicated in paragraph 2 of this Article. That implementing act shall be adopted without applying the procedure referred to in Article 5a(2).

Amendment 9

Proposal for a regulation

Article 2 — paragraph 2 — point (a)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a)

that proof is provided that an export tax of an amount corresponding to the reduction referred to in paragraph 1 has been collected by Bangladesh

deleted

Amendment 10

Proposal for a regulation

Article 4 — paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2.   The power to adopt delegated acts referred to in Article 3 shall be conferred on the Commission for an indeterminate period of time from the day of entry into force of this Regulation .

2.   The power to adopt delegated acts referred to in Article 3 shall be conferred on the Commission for a period of five years from …  (*1) . The Commission shall draw up a report in respect of the delegation of power not later than nine months before the end of that five-year period. The delegation of power shall be tacitly extended for periods of an identical duration, unless the European Parliament or the Council opposes such extension not later than three months before the end of each period.

Amendment 11

Proposal for a regulation

Article 4 — paragraph 5

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

5.   A delegated act adopted pursuant to Article 3 shall enter into force only if no objection has been expressed either by the European Parliament or the Council within a period of two months of notification of that act to the European Parliament and the Council or if, before the expiry of that period, the European Parliament and the Council have both informed the Commission that they will not object. That period shall be extended by two months at the initiative of the European Parliament or of the Council.

5.   A delegated act adopted pursuant to Article 3 shall enter into force only if no objection has been expressed either by the European Parliament or the Council within a period of two months of notification of that act to the European Parliament and the Council or if, before the expiry of that period, the European Parliament and the Council have both informed the Commission that they will not object. That period shall be extended by four months at the initiative of the European Parliament or of the Council.

Amendment 12

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

Article 5a

 

Committee procedure

 

1.     The Commission shall be assisted by the Committee for the Common Organisation of the Agricultural Markets established by Article [323(1)] of Regulation (EU) No [xxxx/yyyy] of the European Parliament and of the Council of … establishing a common organisation of agricultural markets and on specific provisions for certain agricultural products (Single CMO Regulation)  (4) . That Committee shall be a committee within the meaning of Regulation (EU) No 182/2011.

 

2.     Where reference is made to this paragraph, Article 5 of Regulation (EU) No 182/2011 shall apply.

 

3.     Where the opinion of the committee is to be obtained by written procedure, that procedure shall be terminated without result when, within the time-limit for delivery of the opinion, the chair of the committee so decides or a majority of committee members so request.


(1)  The matter was referred back to the committee responsible for reconsideration pursuant to Rule 57(2), second subparagraph (A7-0304/2013).

(2)   OJ L 408, 30.12.2006, p. 18

(3)   OJ L 303, 31.10.2012, p. 1.

(*1)   Date of entry into force of this Regulation.

(4)   COD 2010/0385.


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