EU Legislative Proposals: Motion

I move:

That Seanad Éireann:

(1) notes the agreed Report of the Joint Committee on Transport and Communications under Standing Order 116 on the following six proposals:

- Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 2003/87/EC as regards aviation's contribution to the Union’s economy-wide emission reduction target and appropriately implementing a global market-based measure, COM(2021)552;

- Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EU) 2019/631 as regards strengthening the CO2 emission performance standards for new passenger cars and new light commercial vehicles in line with the Union’s increased climate ambition, COM(2021)556;

- Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the deployment of alternative fuels infrastructure, and repealing Directive 2014/94/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council, COM(2021)559;

- Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on ensuring a level playing field for sustainable air transport, COM(2021)561;

- Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the use of renewable and low-carbon fuels in maritime transport and amending Directive 2009/16/EC, COM(2021)562; and

- Proposal for a Decision of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 2003/87/EC as regards the notification of offsetting in respect of a global market-based measure for aircraft operators based in the Union, COM(2021)567;

which was laid before Seanad Éireann on 26th October, 2021, in accordance with Standing Order 116(3)(b);

(2) having regard to the aforementioned Report, and in exercise of its functions under section 7(3) of the European Union Act 2009, is of the opinion that the proposals COM(2021)552, 556, 559, 561, 562 and 567 do not comply with the principle of subsidiarity for the reasons set out in section 3 of the Report; and

(3) notes that, pursuant to Standing Order 116(4), a copy of this Resolution together with the Reasoned Opinion and the aforementioned Report shall be sent to the Presidents of the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission.

Question put and agreed to.

I thank all colleagues for their co-operation in getting through the Order of Business in a way that we can now take on the next crucial session with our MEPs. I appeal to people to stay here and for those who are in their offices to come to this session, which very much reflects our concern to link to Europe and to Seanad reform.

Sitting suspended at 4.50 p.m. and resumed at 5 p.m.