Scrutiny of EU Legislative Proposals

Turning to EU scrutiny matters, which the committee considered both earlier today and at its meeting last week, we will consider items under schedule A. On COM (2018) 275, it is proposed that there are no subsidiarity concerns with this proposal and that this proposal does not warrant further scrutiny. Is that agreed? Agreed. On COM (2018) 286, it was agreed that there are no subsidiarity concerns with this proposal. It was also agreed that this proposal warrants further scrutiny. It was agreed to seek a detailed briefing from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport and the Road Safety Authority as to the implications of this proposal, that is, its impact on hauliers and other professional drivers; level of engagement with relevant stakeholders; cost implications for consumers. Is that agreed? Agreed. On COM (2018) 315, it is proposed that there are no subsidiarity concerns with this proposal and that it does not warrant further scrutiny. Is that agreed? Agreed. On COM (2018) 397, it is proposed that there are no subsidiarity concerns with this proposal and that it does not warrant further scrutiny. Is that agreed? Agreed.

The next measure is COM (2018) 277. This proposal does not comply with the principle of subsidiarity. It was agreed that the committee agree a report under Dáil Standing Order 114 and Seanad Standing Order 116 containing a reasoned opinion in section 4 that outlines why the committee believes that the proposal does not comply with the principle of subsidiarity. It was agreed that the committee recommend a reasoned opinion contained in section 4 of the report for agreement by Dáil Éireann and Seanad Éireann. In addition, it was agreed that this proposal be retained for further scrutiny. It was agreed to request a detailed briefing from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport on the legislative, administrative and practical implications arising from this proposal. Is that agreed? Agreed.

The next measure is COM (2018) 274. It is proposed that there are no subsidiarity concerns. It is proposed, however, that this proposal warrants further scrutiny and that the committee seeks a detailed note from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport addressing its implications, including the application of a fully standardised methodology for all roads. Is that agreed? Agreed.

The next measure is COM (2018) 278. It is proposed that there are no subsidiarity concerns and that this proposal does not warrant further scrutiny. However, it is proposed to request the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport to keep the committee advised as to the compatibility of Ireland's national single window with any proposed European maritime single window, EMSW, environment. Is that agreed? Agreed.

The practice of saying something and getting a response is a bit like the litany, as it used to be called when I was a young person.

The next measure is COM (2018) 279. It is proposed that there are no subsidiarity concerns. It is proposed that this proposal warrants further scrutiny and that the committee requests a detailed note from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport addressing the implications of the provisions contained in this proposal as well as the outcome of any consultation with relevant industry stakeholders to ascertain their views on the proposed measures. Is that agreed? Agreed.

The next measure is COM (2018) 438. It is proposed that there are no subsidiarity concerns. It is proposed that this proposal warrants further scrutiny and that the committee requests a detailed briefing from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport on completion of its further assessment and consultation with relevant stakeholders. Is that agreed? Agreed.

Schedule B contains COM (2018) 63, COM (2018) 111, COM (2018) 164, COM (2018) 290, COM (2018) 291, COM (2018) 294, COM (2018) 295, COM (2018) 308, COM (2018) 309, COM (2018) 314, COM (2018) 351 and COM (2018) 363. It is proposed that the proposals listed in schedule warrant no further scrutiny. Is that agreed? Agreed.