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EUROPEAN COMMITTEE

MINUTES

4th Meeting, Session 1 (1999) 

Tuesday 14 September 1999

 

  
 

Present:

Bruce Crawford

Hugh Henry (Convener)

Dr Sylvia Jackson

Cathy Jamieson

Ms Margo MacDonald

Maureen Macmillan

David Mundell

Ms Irene Oldfather

Allan Wilson

Ben Wallace


Apologies had been received from Tavish Scott and Dennis Canavan.

The meeting opened at 2.03pm.

 

1. The Treaty of Amsterdam and its implications for Scotland: The committee received a presentation from Dermot Scott of the European Parliament and Elizabeth Holt of the European Commission.

 

2. Scrutiny of European Documentation: The Committee discussed the scrutiny recommendations of the Convener. The undernoted actions were agreed.

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 consider at next committee meeting
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 consider at next committee meeting
Proposal for a Council Decision providing further macro-financial assistance to Bulgaria 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, of the one part and the Republic of Lithuania, of the other part, signed on 12 June 1995, with regard to the adoption of the necessary rules on state aids for implementation of Article 64(1) (iii) and (2) of the Europe Agreement (presented by the Commission) No further action

 

Proposal for a Council Decision providing supplementary macro-financial assistance to the former Yugoslavia Republic of Macedonia 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, of the one part, and Romania of the other part, signed on 1 February 1994, with regard to the adoption of the necessary rules on state aids for implementation of Article 64(1)(iii) and (2) of the Europe Agreement and Article 9(1)(iii), and (2) of Protocol 2 to the said agreement on European Coal Steel Community products (presented by the Commission) No further action
Proposal for a Council Decision amending Decision 76/228/ECSC on the granting of daily subsistence allowances and refunds of travel expenses to Members of the Consultative Committee of the European Coal and Steel Community No further action
Proposal for a Council Regulation (EC) on budgetary discipline Await Explanatory memorandum and consider at next committee meeting
Proposal for a Council Decision on the conclusion of the Agreement in the form of an Exchange of Letters concerning the provisional application of the Protocol defining, for the period 3 May 1999 to 2 May 2000, the fishing opportunities and the financial contribution provided for by the Agreement between the European Community and the Republic of Angola on fishing off Angola.

Proposal for a Council Regulation (EC) on the conclusion of the Protocol defining, for the period from 3 May 1999 to 2 May 2000, the fishing opportunities and the financial contribution provided for by the Agreement between the European Community and the Republic of Angola on fishing off Angola

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, of the one part, and the Republic of Poland, of the other part, signed on 16 December 1991, with regard to the adoption of the necessary rules on state aids for implementation of Article 63(1)(iii) and (2) of the Europe Agreement and Article 8(1)(iii) and (2) of Protocol 2 to the said agreement on European Coal and Steel Community products (presented by the Commission) No further action
Amended proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the distance marketing of consumer financial services and amending Directives 97/7/EC and 98/27/EC No further action
Proposal for a Council Decision providing supplementary macro-financial assistance to Romania No further action
Proposal for a Council Decision amending Decision 97/787/EC granting exceptional financial assistance to Armenia and Georgia in order to extend it to Tajikistan 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, of the one part, and the Republic of Bulgaria, of the other part, signed on 8 March 1993, with regard to the adoption of the necessary rules on state aids for implementation of Article 64(1)(iii) and (2) and Article 9(1)(iii) and (2) of Protocol 2 on European Coal and Steel Community products to that Agreement (presented by the Commission) No further action
Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Council Directive 91/308/EEC of 10 June 1991 on prevention of the use of the financial system for the purpose of money laundering Await explanatory memorandum and consider at next committee meeting
Proposal for a Council Decision concerning the conclusion of the amendment to the Montreal Protocol on substances that deplete the ozone layer No further action, but send copy to the Transport and Environment Committee for their interest.
Amended proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council relating to the taking up and pursuit of the business of credit institutions No further action

 

Proposal for a Council Regulation (EC) imposing a definitive anti-dumping duty and collecting definitively the provisional duty imposed on imports of steel ropes and cables originating in the People's Republic of China, Hungary, India, Mexico, Poland, South Africa, Ukraine and terminating the anti-dumping proceeding in respect of imports originating in the Republic of Korea No further action
EUROPOL Six-month Progress Report 1 January - 30 June 1999 No further action
Draft Council Decision instructing Europol to start negotiations on co-operation agreements with Third States and non-EU bodies No further action
Draft Budget 2000 for EUROPOL No further action
Report from the Commission: TACIS Annual Report 1998 No further action
Communication from the Commission to the Council and the European Parliament - Fisheries management and nature conservation in the marine environment Regular Scrutiny. Refer to Rural Affairs.
Commission Staff Working Paper: "First annual survey on the implementation and enforcement of Community environmental law No further action, but send copy to the Transport and Environment Committee for their interest.
Commission working paper addressed to the European Council: "The Cologne Report on Environmental Integration - mainstreaming of environmental policy" No further action

 

3. Development of a programme of consultation with external groups: The committee discussed this item. It was agreed that:

  • the Clerk would bring forward proposals for further informal briefings;
  • members would notify the Clerk of their views on methods of consultation, key issues to be addressed and additional contact names.

 

4. Consideration of Subordinate Legislation: The committee discussed a paper produced by the Clerk outlining the process for consideration of Subordinate Legislation. It was agreed to ask for a detailed briefing on the process from the Parliament’s Legal Office at the next meeting.

The following SSIs were considered with the committee agreeing that it had nothing to report:

  • SSI No 1999/1, "The Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Regulations 1999"
  • SSI No 1999/22, "The Plant Health (Amendment) (Scotland) Order 1999"
  • SSI No 1999/32, "The Food (Animals and Animal Products from Belgium) (Emergency Control) (No.2) (Scotland) Order 1999"
  • SSI No 1999/33, "The Animal Feedingstuffs from Belgium (Control) (No.2) (Scotland) Regulations 1999"
  • SSI No 1999/34, "The Spreadable Fats (Marketing Standards)(Scotland) Regulations 1999"
  • SSI No 1999/43, "The Environmental Impact Assessment (Forestry) (Scotland) Regulations 1999"

 

5. Report by the Convener on the Meeting of the Conveners' Group: The Convener reported on the meeting of the Conveners' Group.

 

6. Requests by the committee for further briefing: The committee discussed further briefing. It was noted that the briefing paper on Objective 2 had not yet been received.

 

The meeting closed at 4.04pm.

 

Stephen Imrie
Clerk to the Committee

  
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