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EUROPEAN COMMITTEE

MINUTES

6th Meeting, Session 1 (1999) 

19 October 1999

 

  
Present:

Bruce Crawford

Dr Winnie Ewing

Hugh Henry (Convener)

Dr Sylvia Jackson

Cathy Jamieson

Maureen Macmillan

David Mundell

Tavish Scott

Ben Wallace

Allan Wilson

Apologies had been received from Ms Margo McDonald, Dennis Canavan and Ms Irene Oldfather.

 

The meeting opened at 2.01pm.

 

1. European Structural Funds: The committee received evidence from the Minister for Finance, Mr Jack McConnell.


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

 

10499/99

COM(99) 372 final

SP No:

295

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.

10461/99

COM(99) 377 final CNB 99/0164

SP No:

298

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

No further action

10408/99

COM(99) 364 final

SP No:

310

Proposal for a Council Regulation (EC) on budgetary discipline

No further action

10541/99

COM(99) 352 final 99/0152 (COD)

SP No:

317

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.

10644/99

COM(99) 427 final

SP No:

331

Amended proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on certain legal aspects of electronic commerce in the Internal Market

No further action

10553/99

SP No:

335

Explanatory Report for the Agreement on co-operation in proceedings for road traffic offences and the enforcement of financial penalties imposed in respect thereof

No further action

10672/99

SP No:

337

Annual Report on the European Investment Fund for 1998

A briefing paper will be provided on the link between the European Investment Fund and the European Investment Bank.

10704/99

SEC(99) 66 final

SP No:

340

Sixth Periodic Report on the social and economic situation and development of the regions of the European Union

Await explanatory memorandum and consider at next committee meeting.

10705/99

COM(99) 367 final

SP No:

341

Annual report on humanitarian aid 1998

Await explanatory memorandum and consider at next committee meeting.

10736/99

COM(99) 388 final

SP No:

346

Proposal for a Council Directive amending Directive 70/524/EEC concerning additives in feeding stuffs

Await explanatory memorandum and consider at next committee meeting.

8615/99

COM(99) 292 final 99/0125 (CNS)

SP No:

347

Proposal for a Council Decision concerning the conclusion of the Agreement for scientific and technological co-operation between the European Community and the Argentine Republic

No further action

9807/99

COM(99)322 final

SP No:

348

Commission report to the Council and to the European Parliament on the borrowing and lending activities of the Community in 1998

No further action

10251/99

SEC(99) 1213

SP No:

349

Commission staff working paper on Visa policy consequent upon the Treaty of Amsterdam and the integration of the Schengen acquis in the EU

Await explanatory memorandum and consider at next committee meeting.

10742/99

COM(99) 348 final

SP No:

350

Proposal for a Council Regulation on jurisdiction and the recognition and enforcement of judgements in civil and commercial matters

Await explanatory memorandum and consider at next committee meeting.

10902/99

COM(99) 178 final

SP No:

351

Three-yearly report on the implementation of Directive 67/548/EEC on the classification. Packaging and labelling of dangerous substances, as amended by Directive 92/32/EEC

No further action

10906/99

COM(99) 407 final

SP No:

352

Report from the Commission to the Council, the European Parliament, the Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions on progress achieved in relation to public health protection from the harmful effects of tobacco consumption

No further action, but send copy to Health and Community Care Committee for their interest.

8023/99

ENFOPOL 36

SP No:

353

1997/98 annual report on football hooliganism in the Member States of the EU (Report by the Austrian Delegation)

No further action

10950/99

JAI 67 AG27

SP No:

354

Final report of the High Level Working Group on Asylum and Migration

No further action

10543/99

EVAL 47 ELARG 88

SP No:

355

Preliminary Country Report on Estonia and on Poland (docs 9571/99 EVAL 39 ELARG 81 REV1 (RESTREINT) +COR1,7694/2/99 EVAL 31 ELARG 46 REV 2 (RESTREINT) + COR 1) as agreed to by Collective Evaluation Working Party

No further action

10938/99

COPEN 35

SP No:

356

Draft Convention on mutual assistance in criminal matters between the Member States of the European Union - interception of telecommunications

No further action, but send copy to Justice and Home Affairs Committee for their interest.

11177/99

SP No:

357

UK application to participate in provisions of the Schengen acquis

No further action

10708/99

COM(99) 414 final

SP No:

358

Report from the Commission to the Council and the European Parliament on the implementation and effects of Directive 96/48/EC concerning the interoperability of the trans-European high-speed rail system

No further action, but send copy to Transport and Environment Committee for their interest.

10866/99

COM(99) 213 final

SP No:

359

Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the Community code relating to veterinary medicinal products (codified version)

No further action

10900/99

PESC 278 COASI 16

SP No:

360

Council Common Position concerning restrictive measures against the Republic of Indonesia

No further action

10907/99

COM(99) 408 final

SP No:

361

Report form the Commission to the Council, the European Parliament, the Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions on the evaluation of the second action plan of the "Europe against Cancer" programme, 1990 - 1994, plus 1995

No further action

10948/99

COM(99) 303 final

SP No:

362

Report form the Commission on the application of the Community Rules for State Aid to the Coal Industry in 1996 and 1997

No further action, but send copy to Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee for their interest.

10956/99

COM(99) 373 final

SP No:

363

Activity report of the Safety and Health Commission for the Mining and Other Extractive Industries 1997 - approved on 14 December 1998

No further action

10971/99

COM(99) 365 final

SP No:

364

Amended proposal for a Council Directive on protective measures against the introduction into the Community of organisms harmful to plants or plant products and against their spread within the Community (codified version)

No further action

11050/99

COM(9) 412 final

SP No:

365

Proposal for a Council Regulation (EC) amending Regulation (EC) No 2596/97 extending the period provided for in Article 149(1) of the Act of Accession of Austria, Finland and Sweden

No further action

11076/99

COM(99) 351 final

SP No:

366

Proposal for a Council Decision concerning the provisional application of the Trade, Development and Co-operation Agreement between the European Community and its Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of South Africa, of the other part

No further action

10999/99

SEC(99) 1280 final

SP No:

367

Draft Decision of the ACP-EC Council of Ministers to transfer funds available under the appropriation in Article 255 of the 4th ACP-EC Convention (revised) to Article 254

No further action

11157/99

COPEN 39

SP No:

368

Draft Convention on mutual assistance in criminal matters between the Member States

No further action, but send copy to Justice and Home Affairs Committee for their interest.

11097/99

COM(99) 430 final

SP No:

369

Proposal for a Council Regulation (EC) completing Regulation (EEC) No 302/93 establishing a European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA)

No further action

11012/99

COM(99) 426 final

SP No:

370

Report from the Commission to the Council on the application of the system applicable to certain grain legumes

No further action

11013/99

COM(99) 428 final

SP No:

371

Proposal for a Council Regulation (EC) amending Regulation (EC) No 1577/96 introducing a specific measure in respect of certain grain legumes

No further action

11117/99

COM(99) 447 final

SP No:

372

Report from the Commission to the Council, the European Parliament, the Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions on the implementation, results and overall assessment of the European Year of Lifelong Learning (1996)

No further action, but send copy to Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee for their interest.

11102/99

COM(99) 446 final

SP No:

373

Communication from the Commission to the Council and the European Parliament on implementing the Community Strategy to reduce CO2 emissions from cars: outcome of the negotiations with the Japanese and Korean automobile industries

No further action, but send copy to Transport and Environment Committee for their interest.

 

Progress of documents referred to other committees:

10439/99, COM(99) 382 (final) (SP 292)

Proposal for a Council Regulation (EC) on closer dialogue with the fishing industry and groups affected by the common fisheries policy: No comments had been received from members of the Rural Affairs Committee. It was agreed that the Convener would write to the Scottish Executive and the House of Commons European Scrutiny Committee expressing the committee’s view that—

  1. support for fisheries through the common fisheries policy should be delivered in a flexible and adaptable way;


  2. Scotland’s fishing industry should be represented on the advisory committee.

 

10485/99, COM(99) 329 final 99/0158 (SP 301)

Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 95/2/EC on food additives other than colours and sweetners. The following comments had been received from the Health and Community Care Committee—

‘The Health and Community Care Committee voiced concern that if additive E650 is added to the coating of chewing gum used as a nicotine substitute more than the safe dosage may be ingested given that a higher than normal number of pieces may be chewed during a day. They asked that, if this is the case, it is taken into account in any evaluation and that Scientific Committee for Food monitor the position.’

It was agreed to forward the response of the Health and Community Care Committee to the Scottish Executive and the House of Commons European Scrutiny Committee.

3710-01r1 (SP 302)

Draft model agreement co-operation with Third States. It was noted that the Justice and Home Affairs Committee had considered this document but did not wish to make any comments.



3. Consultation Process: The Clerk reported that over 200 organisations had been contacted during the current consultation process, with a deadline for responses of 4th November. It was noted that a summary document would be produced in due course.



4. Convener’s Report: The Convener reported on—

  1. Scotland Week. It was noted that this had been a successful event. It was agreed that the Convener would write to the Scottish Executive offering congratulations on the success of the event, and asking for a report. It was noted that Dr Winnie Ewing regretted being unable to take part;

  2. Meeting with Herr. Franz Maget, Deputy Chairman of the SPD group in the Bavarian Parliament;

  3. Meeting with Senor José María Muñoa Ganuza, the Basque President’s Delegate for Foreign Affairs, by representatives from the European Committee;

  4. Proposed meeting with Mr Robert de Groot, Foreign Affairs Advisor to the Dutch Prime Minister

  5. Proposed meeting with Senor Francisco Camps, Spanish Junior Minister for Regional Government and Senor Eduardo Zaplan, President of the Valencian Regional Government

  6. Proposed delegation of 4 representatives from the Business and European Affairs Committee of the Saxony-Anhalt Regional Government will address the Committee on the 9th November.

  7. Nomination of four committee representatives to attend the East of Scotland European Consortium conference on 26 November 1999. It was agreed that the Convener and Dr Sylvia Jackson would attend. It was further agreed that the information would be circulated to all committee members, seeking a further three nominations.

 

5. Requests from the committee for further briefing: There were no requests for further briefing. It was agreed that the next meeting of the committee would take place on 9th November.

 

 

The meeting closed at 4.11pm.

Stephen Imrie
Clerk to the Committee

  
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