Every proposal must be based on an impact assessment study and a debate


I am in the EU business for more than 12 years.

I was hoping that the Commission under the president, Mr. Juncker, will follow the Smart regulation principle. Unfortunately this piece of legislation is not, what I consider of smart regulation.

Every proposal for legislation must be based on a impact assessment study and broad public debate. This was not the case.

I am happy that the European Parliament took on board many concerns – all what you (guest) mentioned. And we are ready to continue to work with you. Because at the end – what I want to achieve – is to have something which makes sense, which is implementable and which can also be enforced in the Member States.

It is very unfortunate that we recieved the data from the Member States and the Commission only recently. And they clearly shows that the concerns that you (guests) raised are fact based.

Mr. Alexis, I do agree, with the main purpose of the legislation.

I say yes to unified rules on deactivation of firearms. And it is your role to come up with the final result of the deactivation rules as soon as possible.

I say yes to better exchange of information among the Member States.

And yes to fight against illicit trafficking.

I also say yes to improve marking rules, facilitating tracability of firearms.

Where I say no: I say definitely no to any broad ban on firearms currently legally-held which has no basis in security concerns.

I sincerely hope that together with our rapporteur Vicky Ford to manage to find a compromise and deliver a reasonable, a smart legislation.

Read more on Smart Regulation – Responding to the needs of small and medium-sized enterprises : http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=COM:2013:0122:FIN:EN:PDF

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