Regulation on mandatory marking of origin for certain products imported from third countries:

Type: News   Reference: 90137   Duration: 00:04:13  Lieu: Strasbourg, France - European Parliament
End production: 17/01/2013   First transmission: 17/01/2013
- extracts from the debate Background: After the Member States had proven unable to agree about a regulation on import labelling rules which the EP strongly supported and approved in 2010, and the announce from the European Commission about the withdrawal of the proposition, the MEPs asked this morning the Commission about this decision and discussing with the Commissioner not to withdraw the regulation proposal but to propose the necessary changes to make this regulation WTO-compatible - the Commission had claimed that the WTO panel decision on the ‘Cool Case’ (concerning beef and pork) had changed WTO jurisprudence, thus rendering the initial proposal for the ‘Made-In’ Regulation WTO-incompatible - . This 'Made In' proposal aimed to allow third countries to sell goods such as clothing; jewellery or glassware in the EU only if their origin is stated on the label. At present, these countries choose whether or not to mark their products.

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00:00:05 Exterior view of the European Parliament, Strasbourg, France (1 shot) 00:00:05
00:00:10 SOUNDBITE (Portugese): Vital MOREIRA, INTA Chairman and rapporteur (S&D, PT): "We would like to know why is the COM withdrawing the proposal, why is it not come up with something new, something which we actually need and which become with WTO (World Trade Organisation) and have a new legal basis to be adopted by the co-legislators, to open the legislative process and to go to a 2nd reading and perhaps a 'trilogue'? Does the Commission not believe in a spirit of good inter- institutional cooperation and a respect of the European citizen's? We are represented by a large majority vote taken by the European Parliament on the regulation. Does it not think that it should have consulted the Parliament and allow for enough time before discussing and announcing the withdrawal? Does the Commission believe that the withdrawal of the regulation is in the general interest of the EU? And 3rdly, which elements of its initial proposal of the text of the 1st reading proposal adopted by the Parliament are no longer WTO compatible and why? 00:00:56
00:01:06 SOUNDBITE (Italian): Cristiana MUSCARDINI, (ECR, IT): "So we should go to the WTO and say those rules must be abrogated, rescinded in the countries where they exist, we can't have double standards, we can't have a globalised market, some are privileged and some are disadvantaged. And we have to be fair to our citizen's and our consumers and to our manufactures, if we can protect their rights." 00:00:30
00:01:36 SOUNDBITE (English): Karel DE GUCHT, European Commissioner responsible for Trade: "7 years after the proposal was tabled we must face reality, there has no progress since the vote of the European Parliament and there are no genuine prospects to a political compromise among the various institutions." 00:00:15
00:01:51 SOUNDBITE (English): Karel DE GUCHT, European Commissioner responsible for Trade: "As to the business environment the COM is currently looking at how to strengthen the enforcement of the unfair commercial practices directive. The COM will also soon table a package of measures that includes a legislative proposal on the market surveillance of products with the objective of improving the enforcement and the control of products entering the Union, a legislative proposal on the general product safety and a multiannual plan on market surveillance." 00:00:28
00:02:19 SOUNDBITE (German): Daniel CASPARY, (EPP, DE): "The Commission brought some years ago a draft legislation then we rejected that in the 1st reading then Council, which is not here today; did nothing for 2 years. I think that all of us agree that inactivity and the failure to act in the Council, nothing happening at all for a couple of years, all of us agree that this unacceptable." 00:00:27
00:02:46 SOUNDBITE (German): Daniel CASPARY, (EPP, DE): "In a globalised world, how can we really explain to consumers where a product comes from? Particularly where components may have and started out in life in what 20 or 30 countries, given the complexity of things these days and I hope if we are really serious about 'made-in' than we got to inform the consumer, so that we don't have regulations which amount to disinformation rather than anything else." 00:00:33
00:03:19 SOUNDBITE (English): Julie GIRLING, (ECR, UK): "Besides from the issues of Trade regulations and WTO compatibility I do recognize and understand the growing demand by consumers where their goods come from, they want to know for a variety of reasons, raging from a desire to support their own national industries, to right to exercise choice based on political or environmental performance of the source country. So, I say to the Commission, it is time to move on in the days I can now walk into a store and point my mobile phone on a product and it will tell me the complexity of that supply chain, it is well in our capabilities and it is not protectionism, it is simply giving to consumers the information that they demand." 00:00:44
00:04:03 cut away shots (3 shots) 00:00:10
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