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EUROPEAN COMMITTEE

MINUTES

3rd Meeting, Session 1 (1999) 

Tuesday 31 August 1999

 


Present:

Dennis Canavan

Dr Winnie Ewing

Hugh Henry (Convener)

Dr Sylvia Jackson

Cathy Jamieson

Ms Margo MacDonald

Maureen Macmillan

David Mundell

Ms Irene Oldfather

Ben Wallace

Allan Wilson

The meeting opened at 2.00pm.

  1. Special programme for the Highlands and Islands 2000-2006, European Structural Funds: The committee discussed the consultative draft plan. It was agreed:
  1. to write to the Executive seeking information on the final date for decisions on the plan;
  2. to produce a document summarising the views of the committee, in advance of detailed consideration by other subject committees of the parliament.
  1. Scrutiny of European Documentation: The Committee discussed the scrutiny recommendations of the Convener. Recommendations were agreed for the following documents:

Proposal for a Council Decision establishing a Community action programme to promote the integration of refugees Refer to Justice and Home Affairs Committee for Regular Scrutiny
Proposal for a Council Regulation (EC) on closer dialogue with the fishing industry and groups affected by the common fisheries policy Refer to Rural Affairs Committee for Regular Scrutiny
Proposal for a Council Decision to pursue the dispute settlement procedure related to the law of Ukraine on the stimulation of automobile production and related regulations regarding the second hand car market with the appointment of a conciliator and proposals to the Co-operation Council for a third conciliator in accordance with Art 96 par 3 of the Partnership and Co-operation agreement to adopt the draft mandate for the conciliators with a view to settle the dispute (presented by the Commission) No further action

 

Proposal for a Decision of the Council and of the Commission on the position to be taken by the Community within the Association Council established by the Europe Agreement between the European Communities and their Member States, for the one part, and the Republic of Slovenia, of the other part, signed on 10 June 1996, with regard to the adoption of the necessary rules on state aids for implementation of Article 65(1) (iii) and (2) of the Europe Agreement and Article 7 (1) (iii) of Protocol 2 to the said agreement on European Coal and Steel Community products No further action
Communication from the Commission to the Council and the European Parliament on the special measures concerning the movement and residence of citizens of the Union which are justified on grounds of public policy, public security or public health Await Explanatory Memorandum and reconsider at next committee meeting
Proposal for a Council Decision concerning the Community position within the Association Council on the participation of Slovenia in the multiannual Community programme for energy efficiency No further action
Communication from the Commission on a concerted strategy for modernising social protection Send document to Social Inclusion Committee for their interest
Proposal for a Council Regulation (EC) laying down detailed rules for the implementation of Council Regulation No 2494/95 as regards minimum standards for the treatment of products in the Health Education and Social Protection Sectors in the Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices Await Explanatory Memorandum and reconsider at next committee meeting
Proposal for a Council Decision concerning the conclusion of a Protocol on veterinary matters to supplement the Agreement between the European Community, of the one part, and the Government of Denmark and the Home Government of the Faroe Islands, of the other part No further action
Proposal for a Council Regulation (EC) amending Regulation (EC) No 2201/96 on the common organisation of the markets in processed fruit and vegetable products No further action
Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 95/2/EC on food additives other than colours and sweeteners Refer to Health Committee for Regular Scrutiny
Draft Model-agreement co-operation with Third States Refer to Justice and Home Affairs Committee for Regular Scrutiny
Commission staff working paper – First report on the application of the principle of mutual recognition in product and services markets No further action
Proposal for a Council Regulation (EC) imposing a definitive anti-dumping duty on imports of synthetic fibres of polyesters originating in Taiwan and terminating the proceeding in respect of imports of synthetic fibres of polyesters originating in the Republic of Korea Refer to Enterprise Committee for Regular Scrutiny

 

  1. European Structural Funds and Objective 2 eligibility: The committee heard evidence from the Minister for Finance.
  2. Requests from the committee for further briefing: It was agreed to seek further briefing on the Amsterdam Treaty.

The meeting closed at 4.35pm.

Stephen Imrie
Clerk to the Committee

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