Según se desprende de los nuevos documentos hechos públicos recientemente en relación a la Directiva BOLKESTEIN, además de revelar el alcance e influencia de los lobbies en el proceso de negociación y aprobación

La Comisión Europea podría tener la última palabra en la regulación del Juego

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Según publica El Salto Diario, de aprobarse la propuesta de incremento de poderes respecto a servicios municipales y estatales de la Directiva Bolkestein, la Comisión Europea tendría la última palabra en las regulaciones o normativas locales o regionales en materias como vivienda, casas de apuestas o servicios de prostitución”. Así se concluye a partir del contenido de nuevos documentos hechos públicos recientemente, que arrojan luz sobre las consecuencias, alcance e influencia de los lobbies sobre dicha Directiva, cuyas exigencias ahora la CE quiere trasladar a las autonomías y Ayuntamientos.

Dichos documentos, unos 55, siempre según la misma fuente, incluyen correos electrónicos, cartas, informes de posición y actas de encuentros entre funcionarios de la Comisión y lobbies sobre el procedimiento de notificación, mostrando “cómo y quién está influyendo en el proceso de negociación y aprobación para que dicha directiva alcance a las administraciones regionales y locales”. En concreto, se cita como especialmente influyentes tres de los grandes lobbies de la industria europea como son BusinessEurope, EuroCommerce y EuroChambres, al tiempo que se apunta que se ignoran las demandas de reunión por parte de sindicatos, ayuntamientos u organizaciones civiles.

Según revelan estos nuevos documentos, “la CE tendrá la autoridad de anular nuevas leyes y normativas desarrolladas por parlamentos nacionales, asambleas regionales y gobiernos locales de toda Europa, o imponer retrasos significativos a fin de modificar propuestas, ya que dichas administraciones tendrán que enviar sus normativas y nuevas leyes a Bruselas tres meses antes de su aprobación para que la CE de su visto bueno”, reza la información.

En relación al Juego, se apunta lo siguiente: Uno de los documentos enumera cuales son las áreas y en qué tipo de servicios la CE tendrá la última palabra. Entre esos sectores se encuentran las normas que atañen a la regulación de las casas de apuestas y la industria del juego. Si una comunidad autónoma pretende regularizar la distancia entre los salones de apuestas y los colegios, tal y como han hecho recientemente Madrid o Extremadura, tendrá que enviar la normativa a la CE y los lobbies tendrán tres meses para presentar alegaciones frente a la Comisión para modificar o paralizar dicha normativa”. 

A continuación ofrecemos tres correos electrónicos de los que hacíamos referencia:

From: Olivier Hoedeman
Delivered 
Dear Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs,

Under the right of access to documents in the EU treaties, as developed in Regulation 1049/2001, I am requesting documents which contain the following information:

DG GROW’s webpage on the “consultation on proposal to reform notifications of new regulatory requirements for services providers” does not include the actual submissions to the consultation. The text on the page does state that “The submissions of non-registered organisations will be published separately from those of registered ones as the input of individuals.” But there is no link to any of the submissions. I contacted DG GROW by email on 21/11 and 3/12 (asking if the the submissions are available online somewhere else), but have not yet received any response.

I assume I will eventually get a response from DG GROW about the submissions and whether they are available online. In the meantime, I would – with reference to Regulation 1049/2001, like to request a list of all companies and organisations that sent a submission to the consultation.

Yours faithfully,

Olivier Hoedeman
Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO)

Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs


Dear Mr Hoedeman,

Thank you for your email dated 12/12/2018. We hereby acknowledge receipt
of your application for access to documents, which was registered on
18/12/2018 under reference number GestDem 2018/6801.

In accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 regarding public access to
European Parliament, Council and Commission documents, your application
will be handled within 15 working days. The time limit will expire on
18/01/2019. In case this time limit needs to be extended, you will be
informed in due course.

You have lodged your application via the AsktheEU.org website. Please note
that this is a private third-party website which has no link with any
institution of the European Union. Therefore, the European Commission
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Yours sincerely,

DG GROW – Access to documents team

European Commission
Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and
SMEs
DG GROW/03 – Strategic Planning and Delivery Unit

Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs

Dear Sir,

On 5 December you have sent to the Commission’s services 2 emails, with the following questions in relation to the Impact Assessment for the Commissions’ legislative proposal COM(2016) 821 on notifications for services:

– which regulatory measures in the field of services where the focus of the 30 EU Pilot cases initiated by the European Commission between 2009 and 2015?
– which types of services and/or measures were notified by Member States in the period 2010-2015 as a result of the notification procedure of the Services Directive?

In order to provide you with an answer, we have decided to treat your requests as a request for information to the Commissions’ services.

-Regarding your first question, we would lie to inform you that the 30 EU Pilot cases referred to in the Impact Assessment concerned essentially national measures providing for: legal form, shareholding, minimum/maximum/fixed tariffs, prohibition of multidisciplinary activities, authorisation schemes, exclusive right granted to a single operator.

-Regarding your second question, we would like to inform you that, in addition to the information already provided in the Impact Assessment to which you refer in your email, the measures notified under the Services Directive in the period 2010-2015 concerned the following type of services:
• Child care services
• Recreational, cultural and sporting services
• Prostitution services
• Skiing schools
• Establishment and maintenance of final resting places
• Holding public events
• Chimney sweeping services
• Gambling services
• Environmental services
• Environmental accreditation
• Laboratory services
• Services of surveyors
• Accounting services
• Research and development services and related consultancy services
• Auditing services
• Consulting services for water-supply and waste consultancy
• Crafts
• Tourism services
• Construction services
• Services from lawyers
• Industrial inspections
• Recruitment services
• Intellectual property services
• Industrial property services
• Funeral Services
• Waste management and related services
• Hotel and accommodation services
• Water distribution and related services
• Retail and wholesale trade services
• Services of surveyors
• Tax consultancy services
• Engineering services
• Travel agency, tour operator and tourist assistance services
• Restaurant and food-serving services
• Architectural services
• Real estate services
• Educational and training services
• Energy services
• Employment agency services
• Veterinary services
• Travel agency, tour operator and tourist assistance services
• Postal and telecommunications services
• Mediation services
• Planning activities
• Training activities
• Services in relation to regulated substances
• Rental services
• Hairdressing and beauty treatment services
• Agricultural advisory services
• Vehicles services
• Health services
• Technical testing services
• Legal services
• Fishing services
• Cleaning services
• Catering services
• Fair and amusement park services
• Security services
• Liquidation services
• Archaeological services
• Metal trading
• Pathologist services
• Gas distribution and related services
• Debt collection services
• Corporate restructuring services
• Bankruptcy administration services
• Fire protection
• Water protection
• Street trading
• Street artist
• Events organisation
• Electricity distribution and related services
• Packing services
• Slaughtering activities
• Transport services
• Cargo handling and storage services
• Repair and maintenance services of motor vehicles and associated equipment
• Forestry services
• Horticultural services

The notified measures contain requirements on establishment falling under Article 15 of the Services Directive 2006/123/EC and requirements on free provision of services falling under Article 16 of that Directive.

Best regards,

European Commission
DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs
Unit E1 – Services Policy for Consumers

—–Original Message—–
From: Olivier Hoedeman
Sent: Wednesday, December 05, 2018 10:08 AM
To: GROW ACCES DOCUMENTS
Subject: access to documents request – EU pilot cases concerning services regulation 2009-2015

Dear Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs,

Under the right of access to documents in the EU treaties, as developed in Regulation 1049/2001, I am requesting documents which contain the following information:

– which regulatory measures in the field of services where the focus of the 30 EU Pilot cases initiated by the European Commission between 2009 and 2015?

The “Evaluation report – notification procedure of the Services” (annex to the impact assessment for the proposed Notification Procedure 2016/0398 (COD)) mentions that “from 2009 to 2015 the Commission had to initiate 30 EU Pilot cases 82 (based on complaints,
own-initiative from the Commission or notifications) against Member States concerning regulatory measures covered by the Services Directive they newly introduced and which the Commission suspected not to be compatible with EU law.”

The evaluation report does not mention against which (types of) regulatory measures these cases were started.

In the light of the Commission’s proposal to strongly increase its oversight, scrutiny and veto powers concerning regulation of services by national, regional and municipal authorities via the proposed Notification Procedure (2016/0398 (COD)), there is a clear public interest in enabling the public to know which (types of) services regulation were the focus of these Pilot cases. This is crucial in order to assess what led the European Commission to conclude that the existing notifications procedure is not sufficient and that a much stronger mechanism is needed.

Yours faithfully,
Olivier Hoedeman
on behalf of Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO)

Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO)
EU Transparency Register ID Number: 5353162366-85

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