December 21, 2017
Like every year, the European Commission has a habit of tabling proposals for secondary legislation just before the winter holidays.
In the past week, delegated acts on the generalised scheme of tariff preferences and a track and trace regime for tobacco products were adopted, meaning the scrutiny period at the European Parliament and Council will overlap with the Christmas break, reducing the potential to veto.
The same goes for implementing acts, as we saw a number of pharmaceutical product authorisations (and refusals) submitted for vote by Member States, via a written procedure that runs between now and the first week of January.
It is already hard enough to monitor and influence secondary legislation, but it becomes even more difficult when the Commission brings out drafts while everybody is leaving the Brussels bubble for the festive season! Caution is advised, and let’s see what happens in the New Year for these acts.