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Eurovent Information Bulletin (Issue 33, 3/2019) published (GEN – 1042.00)

13 July 2019

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Eurovent Information Bulletin (Issue 33, 3/2019) published (GEN – 1042.00)

13 July 2019

3 min read

GEN – 1042.00. In cooperation with Orgalim, the Eurovent Team regularly provides you with an in-depth overview on all European legislative developments of relevance for the HVACR sector. The Bulletin provides for a hands-on compendium allowing the industry to assess the status quo and expected future developments. In addition to recent sector specific issues, our Team has summarised some of the key takeaways within this article.

Highlights

European elections consequences on the legislative process

More than ever, the obtention of a majority on any specific piece of legislation will require broader alliances between pro-European parties and sometimes with Eurosceptics, making the legislative process more complex, slower, and perhaps the position of the European Commission and of the Council stronger, especially at the beginning when the “new comer” MEPs are still in the learning phase. A more geographical polarisation of political groups (EPP representing Germany and Central Europe, the S&D representing Southern Europe) is not to be excluded.

For industry representatives, this will most probably mean enlarging the network of contacts in the EP (even if the competition is tougher), not only with Rapporteurs at the time of a specific legislative procedure, but in a more pro-active way, targeting at least the four political groups and the newcomers. If the Council becomes stronger, building stronger ties with a range of countries, including in the Brussels Permanent Representations will be required. Overall, a strong coordination between the European association and its national association members will be required to ensure a maximum impact

Next steps

Following the European Council’s set of nominations on 2 July, the European Parliament will first have to elect the Commission President, who then will have to compose the Commission based on proposals from each Member State, except hers. Candidate Commissioners (including the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy) will go through hearings with the relevant Committees of the EP. The whole Commission will then be appointed after a vote of the EP, which should allow for the new Commissioners to kick off their work on 1st November 2019.

Regulation 2019/1020 on market surveillance and compliance

Article 9 (joint activities to promote compliance) foresees the possibility to establish an agreement between MSAs and organisations representing economic operators to carry out joint activities in view of promoting compliance or identifying non-compliance, raising awareness and providing guidance on EU harmonised legislation, as long as this agreement is subject to various conditions: not affecting the parties’ impartiality, objectivity, independence or leading to unfair competition.

See also GEN – 1038.00.

Preparation revision Machinery Directive 2006/42

The European Commission launched the public consultation on the revision of the Machinery Directive on 7 June. The consultation runs until 30 August 2019 and is intended to contribute to the impact assessment for the revision of the Directive by building on the findings of the evaluation process and analysing the impacts of possible areas of improvement.

Environmental Footprint

After the Environmental Footprint (EF) pilot phase (26 products, except for piping, none related to HVACR) and in preparation for the adoption of policies, the Commission is launching initiatives for the EF transition phase that will run until the end of 2021.

The transition phase has 3 main objectives:

  • Monitoring the implementation of existing Product Environmental Footprint Category Rules (PEFCRs) and Organisation Environmental Footprint Sector Rules (OEFSRs)
  • Developing new product environmental footprint rules (PEFCRs)/ and organisation environmental footprint rules (OEFSRs)
  • Advancing methodological developments

In this context, DG ENVI and DG GROW have issued a call for volunteers (until 26 August) concerning the development of new PEFCRs/ OEFSRs. The Commission expects to accept 10 to 14 projects, to be started in September 2019. For each project, a technical secretariat representing at least 51% of the EU product market turnover should be set up. The secretariat should strive to include at least one SME and one NGO representative.

Long-term decarbonisation strategy

The European Council meeting of 20-21 June was unable to reach a consensus on the 2050 decarbonisation strategy. While some of the larger members expressed support for it, other countries with a higher dependence on fossil-fuels rejected the high targets without an effort-sharing mechanism to help alleviate the costs to transition to a decarbonised economy. The Council Conclusions from this meeting briefly touch on climate action, noting that the Council will finalise its guidance before the end of the year, in order to submit its long-term strategy to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) by early next year.

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