Following the orientation debate on 1 February, the Commission will present a proposal on 14 February to revise the Comitology Regulation, in line with the commitment of President Juncker in his State of the Union speech. The aim will be to ensure that political responsibility is taken where the applicable legislation requires.
In his State of the Union Speech in September 2016, President Juncker said, "It is not right that when EU countries cannot decide among themselves whether or not to ban the use of glyphosate in herbicides, the Commission is forced by Parliament and Council to take a decision. So we will change those rules." This initiative is included in the priorities of the Commission's Work Programme for 2017. In recent years the Commission has been regularly obliged to take decisions on very sensitive issues when Member States have not been able to take a position, in particular with regards to topics like GMOs or glyphosate.
Since the beginning of its mandate, the Juncker Commission has taken a number of internal measures to ensure that a political debate is held at the level of the College before submitting proposals for delegated or implementing acts on sensitive subjects.
Details will be communicated in due course.
Readout of Commission Orientation Debate on 1 February http://europa.eu/rapid/midday-express-01-02-2017.htm