The Transport (TRAN) Committee of the European Parliament yesterday rejected the Draft Report on the Regulation for cross-border parcel delivery services of MEP Lucy Anderson, from the S&D Group. Some MEPs from the EPP Group asked the Chair of the Committee to postpone the vote, but their proposal was not accepted. MEP Wim van de Camp took the floor and mentioned that he had written the Chair of the TRAN Committee already twice last week to postpone a likely “chaotic vote”. MEP Ferber from the EPP Group was also critical about the procedure, specifically about the fact that MEPs received the meeting documents too late. Thus, he insisted on the fact that it would be better to postpone the vote to end of August or beginning of September. Anyhow, the vote took place and 21 MEPs voted in favor while 21 MEPs voted against, with 5 abstentions. The report was therefore rejected, as already mentioned. TRAN MEPs will now have to meet to discuss how to proceed on the file.
After the vote, MEP Ferber declared that the Rapporteur has done everything possible to ensure that the TRAN Committee could not reach a broad majority on the report, which in his opinion would harm entrepreneurship with burdensome bureaucracy, and that is why the EPP could not support the report. Furthermore, MEP van de Camp expressed his wish that this report should be reallocated to another Rapporteur.
Given the recent legislative developments, specifically within the European Parliament, Ecommerce Europe was quite active in raising several concerns regarding the draft Regulation in a joint statement that was shared with all the relevant European legislators. In particular, Ecommerce Europe has always supported a narrow scope of this Regulation and does not support the inclusion of online traders in the scope of this proposal. Ecommerce Europe does not support either any additional, burdensome transparency obligations which are not likely to bring any tangible results for consumers.
The work of the TRAN Committee on the draft Regulation will continue after the summer break, most probably in Autumn. From the Council’s side, the Estonian Presidency declared its intention to agree on the Regulation by the end of the year. Ecommerce Europe will stay in close contact with EU policymakers to further stress our concerns on the provisions that were proposed in the past weeks and months and ensure that this Regulation will not harm the interests of online merchants.