Power to ban and regulate legal highs should remain with Member States, not the EU, says Lords
The House of Lords EU Committee has today called on the European Commission to think again about a new proposed Regulation and Directive to transfer the power to ban and regulate new psychoactive substances from Member States to the European Commission
Lord Hannay of Chiswick, Chair of the Home Affairs, Health and Education EU Sub-Committee, which examined the latest proposals from the Commission, said:
"The aims of the proposed Directive and Regulation are laudable. We share the Commission's concerns about the risks posed to public health by new psychoactive substances and consider that the EU has an important role to play in helping to tackle the creation, availability and use of new psychoactive substances.
“However, we do not agree that the proposed Directive and Regulation satisfy the principle of subsidiarity. They do not allow the requisite level of flexibility for Member States to respond rapidly to local situations and to make their own decisions about the threats posed by new psychoactive substances and the appropriate response.”
The Committee has laid the report before the House of Lords, which will debate it on Monday 11 November. If the House agrees, a “reasoned opinion” will be sent to the European Commission and other EU institutions, to signal its concern.
The session will be webcast at www.parliamentlive.tv and is also open to the public. Journalists wishing to attend should go to Parliament's Cromwell Green Entrance and should allow time for security screening.