On 24th April the European Commission proposed the reduction of paperwork required to obtain recognition of authenticity of public documents in another Member State. Enterprises operating across borders in the EU single market are currently asked to provide a series of documents proving their legal form and the authenticity of documents issued by their country of origin. The same thing happens to citizens. The European Commission’s proposal aims at putting a stop to these complicated procedures by exempting citizens and enterprises from providing expensive “legalized” versions or “certified” translations of official documents. In this way we could save up to 330 million, but also time and hassle. Moreover, standard forms will be available in all official EU languages and could be used under the same conditions as national public documents, thus relieving citizens and enterprises from translation costs.
The European Trade Commissioner, Karel de Gucht, presented on April 10 the new EU strategy towards trade defence instruments (anti-dumping, safeguard and anti-subsidy measures). After a public consultation and a study on the functioning of existing instruments, the EC was convinced of the need to reform the system and, in particular, to revise Regulation (EC) No 1225/2009 (anti-dumping) and Regulation (EC) No 597/2009 (anti-subsidy measures). In this regard, a new Communication COM(2013)191 and a proposal for a Regulation COM(2013)192 have been published. In the Communication, the EC describes its proposals for modernising the European trade defence instruments. These legislative changes can be found in COM(2013)192 but also in actions that do not require changes to the texts.
On 10th and 11th December 2012 the Competitiveness Council – largely dedicated to the Internal Market – was held in Brussels.
Ministers discussed on the status of some of the still pending twelve levers, provided for by the Single Market Act (SMA I).
During a public deliberation, the agreement reached in COREPER on 19th November on the package of the single European patent was finally adopted. It consists of two Regulations and agreements for translation. This endorsement, together with the green light given today, 12th December 2012, by the European Parliament in Strasbourg will bring to a formal adoption by the Council by the end of 2012.
On the 4th December 2012 the Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on European Standardistion finally entered into force. The new regulation amends Council Directives 89/686/EEC and 93/15/EEC and Directives 94/9/EC, 94/25/EC, 95/16/EC, 97/23/EC, 98/34/EC, 2004/22/EC, 2007/23/EC, 2009/105/EC and 2009/23/EC of the European Parliament and the Council.
The Regulation was adopted by the Council of the European Union on the 4th October 2012 and was proposed on the 1st June 2011, with the COM (2011)311 “A strategic vision for European standards: Moving forward to enhance and accelerate the sustainable growth of the European economy by 2020″, which contains a series of legislative and non-legislative measures on standardisaton.