Food Law News - EU - 2013

Council Press Release, 26-27 September 2013

COMPOSITIONAL STANDARDS - Breakfast directives - Commission implementing powers – Council discussions

The following is an extract from the minutes of the Competitiveness (Internal Market, Industry, Research and Space) Council meeting held in Brussels on the 26 and 27 September 2013

The Council adopted a regulation aligning the existing Commission implementing powers for five so-called breakfast directives with the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU (TFEU), and more specifically with its article 290 on delegated acts (31/13). This follows a first-reading agreement reached with the European Parliament.

The five breakfast directives concern:

Article 290 TFEU makes it possible for the EU co-legislators (i.e. the Council and the European Parliament) to delegate to the Commission the power to amend or supplement certain non-essential elements of legislative acts. The so-called delegated acts cover almost the same type of measures as those adopted so far under the "regulatory procedure with scrutiny" (as introduced into the "comitology" decision by the Council in 2006).

Subject to the conditions of the delegation, the Council and the European Parliament may decide to revoke this delegation or object to a Commission delegated act. The specific objectives, content, scope and duration of a delegation must be defined in each basic act.

For previous news item on this topic, see: 6 and 7 December 2012 COMPOSITIONAL STANDARDS - Updating the 'Breakfast directives' (Coffee, cocoa, sugars, jams and milk): Council action

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