A preliminary deal has been reached between MEPs, member states and the European Commission which could end an inter-institutional standoff over improving the implementation of EU legislation. Officials said on Tuesday (27 September) that they expected the three institutions to approve the accord in the coming days.
The Parliament and member states have been at odds over the use of so-called correlation tables, in which the Commission lists the steps that member states must take to ensure compliance with EU law.
The Parliament was threatening to reject any new legislative act that did not include requirements to publish correlation tables – records that would allow tracking and reporting of how member states were living up to their responsibilities for implementation. Germany, Spain and Austria led opposition to those demands, arguing that federal systems restricted their ability to use such explanatory tables. They also said the measure created unnecessary red tape.
The deal reached reduces the duty to report on progress to only a political, rather than a legal, obligation. Chris Davies, a UK Liberal MEP active in promoting the use of tables, slammed the Parliament and Commission for caving into the Council on the issue. A Commission spokesman said, however, that the Commission “has not back-pedalled” on the issue.
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