DIRECTIVE 2008/23/EC OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL
of 11 March 2008
amending Directive 2006/49/EC on the capital adequacy of investment firms and credit institutions, as regards the implementing powers conferred on the Commission
THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION,
- Having regard to the Treaty establishing the European Community, and in particular Article 47(2) thereof,
- Having regard to the proposal from the Commission,
- Having regard to the opinion of the European Economic and Social Committee(1),
- Having regard to the opinion of the European Central Bank(2),
- Acting in accordance with the procedure laid down in Article 251 of the Treaty(3),
- Directive 2006/49/EC(4) of the European Parliament and of the Council provides that certain measures are to be adopted in accordance with Council Decision 1999/468/EC of 28 June 1999 laying down the procedures for the exercise of implementing powers conferred on the Commission(5).
- Decision 1999/468/EC has been amended by Decision 2006/512/EC, which introduced the regulatory procedure with scrutiny for the adoption of measures of general scope and designed to amend non-essential elements of a basic instrument adopted in accordance with the procedure referred to in Article 251 of the Treaty, inter alia, by deleting some of those elements or by supplementing the instrument with new non-essential elements.
- In accordance with the statement by the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission(6) concerning Decision 2006/512/EC, for the regulatory procedure with scrutiny to be applicable to instruments adopted in accordance with the procedure referred to in Article 251 of the Treaty which are already in force, those instruments must be adjusted in accordance with the applicable procedures.
- The Commission should be empowered to adopt the measures necessary for the implementation of Directive 2006/49/EC in order to take account, inter alia, of technical developments of financial markets and to ensure the uniform application of that Directive. Those measures are designed to clarify definitions, to adjust the provisions of that Directive through technical adaptations related to the determination of own funds, the organisation, calculation and evaluation of risks and exposures, and to the categories of investment firms which are subject to that Directive. Since those measures are of general scope and are designed to amend non-essential elements of Directive 2006/49/EC, they must be adopted in accordance with the regulatory procedure with scrutiny provided for in Article 5a of Decision 1999/468/EC.
- Directive 2006/49/EC provides for a time restriction concerning the implementing powers conferred on the Commission. In their statement concerning Decision 2006/512/EC, the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission stated that Decision 2006/512/EC provides a horizontal and satisfactory solution to the European Parliament’s wish to scrutinise the implementation of instruments adopted under the co-decision procedure and that, accordingly, implementing powers should be conferred on the Commission without time limit. The European Parliament and the Council also declared that they would ensure that the proposals aimed at repealing the provisions in the instruments that provide for a time limit on the delegation of implementing powers to the Commission are adopted as rapidly as possible. Following the introduction of the regulatory procedure with scrutiny, the provision establishing that time restriction in Directive 2006/49/EC should be deleted.
- The Commission should, at regular intervals, evaluate the functioning of the provisions concerning the implementing powers conferred on it in order to allow the European Parliament and the Council to determine whether the extent of those powers and the procedural requirements imposed on the Commission are appropriate and ensure both efficiency and democratic accountability.
- Directive 2006/49/EC should therefore be amended accordingly.
- Since the amendments made to Directive 2006/49/EC by this Directive are technical in nature and concern committee procedure only, they do not need to be transposed by the Member States. It is therefore not necessary to lay down provisions to that effect,
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