ECO/465, the European Economic and Social
Committee (EESC) welcomes the EU Commission’s ‘Proposal for a Regulation of the
European Parliament and of the Council on a mechanism to resolve legal and
administrative obstacles in a cross-border context’ (COM/2018/373
of 29 May 2018). We reported on the proposal
in June 2018: ‘EUREGIOs
to get special rights’.
EESC is of the opinion that the provisions in the proposal reflect a new
approach, which could strengthen the opportunities for cooperation between
Member States based on subsidiarity, and contribute to a more balanced,
sustainable socio-economic development of border regions, and help increase the
Committee believes that the proposal is well founded because although these regions
are currently supported by several institutional instruments (notably INTERREG
and the EGTC), they do not have the necessary powers to take such legal measures.
regard to social aspects, the EESC considers it is particularly important to
develop mechanisms which reduce administrative barriers and thus promote the
free movement of workers and the development of infrastructure and services of general
proposal for a regulation is based on the principle that one way of solving a
particular problem would be to apply the legislation in force on the other side
of the border. However, in many cases this is not possible. It may be that
there is no legislation on either side of the border that can help resolve the
problem at hand; a solution could then be to use a model from a third country.
The EESC believes a mechanism should be proposed for such cases.
European Commission’s proposal has been submitted to the European Parliament for
a first reading. Lead rapporteur from the Regional Development Committee is
Matthijs van Miltenburg (Netherlands/ALDE) and shadow rapporteur from the Health
Committee is MEP Adina-Iona Valean (Romania/EPP). Draft reports have not yet
been published. The Committee on Legal Affairs has decided not to provide an
European Parliamentary Research Service has compiled a briefing on the topic, addressed
to MEPs and their staff. The briefing is available here.