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EUROPEAN COMMITTEE

MINUTES

7th Meeting, Session 1 (1999) 

Tuesday 9 November 1999

 

  

Present:

Bruce Crawford

Dr Winnie Ewing

Hugh Henry (Convener)

Dr Sylvia Jackson

Cathy Jamieson

Ms Margo MacDonald

Maureen Macmillan

David Mundell

Ms Irene Oldfather

Tavish Scott

Ben Wallace

Allan Wilson


The meeting opened at 2.05pm.

 

1. 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

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

Routine Scrutiny. Refer to Justice and Home Affairs Committee.
10672/99 SP No:

337

Annual Report on the European Investment Fund for 1998

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

No further action. Clerks to produce a short briefing note of key issues for future discussion in Committee
10705/99

COM(99) 367 final

SP No:

341

Annual report on humanitarian aid 1998

No further action
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 Scottish Cover Note and consider at next committee meeting.
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.
10302/99 SP No:

374

Council Joint Action 1999/ /CFSP concerning the installation of the structures of the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK)

No further action
10773/99 SP No:

375

Council Common Position amending Common Position 1999/261/CFSP concerning Libya

No further action
11024/99

COM(99) 368 final

SP No:

376

Proposal for a Council Directive laying down specific provisions for the control and eradication of bluetongue

Request Scottish Cover Note and consider at next committee meeting, with a view to referral to Rural Affairs
11025/99

COM(99) 437 final

SP No:

377

Proposal for a Council Directive amending Directive 93/53/EEC introducing minimum Community measures for the control of certain fish diseases

Request Scottish Cover Note and consider at next committee meeting, with a view to referral to Rural Affairs
11029/99

COM(99) 439 final

SP No:

378

Report form the Commission to the Council on the application of the Agreement between the European Communities and the Government of the United States of America regarding the application of their competition laws - 1 January to 31 December 1998

No further action
11065/99

COM(99) 431 final

SP No:

379

Proposal for a Council Decision on the conclusion of an Agreement in the form of an exchange of letters concerning fishery products, amending the Europe Agreement between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of Bulgaria, of the other part (presented by the Commission)

No further action
11066/99

COM(99) 415 final

SP No:

380

Proposal for a Council Decision on a Community position on an amendment to Protocol 4 on the definition of the concept of "originating products" and methods of administrative Cooperation set out in the Europe Agreement between the European Communities and the Republic of Romania (presented by the Commission)

No further action
11067/99

COM(99) 416 final

SP No:

381

Proposal for a Council Decision on a Community position on an amendment to Protocol 4 on the definition of the concept of "originating products" and methods of administrative Cooperation set out in the Europe Agreement between the European Communities and the Republic of Bulgaria (presented by the Commission)

No further action
11068/99

COM(99) 417 final

SP No:

382

Proposal for a Council Decision on a Community position on an amendment to Protocol 4 on the definition of the concept of "originating products" and methods of administrative Cooperation set out in the Europe Agreement between the European Communities and the Republic of Hungary (presented by the Commission)

No further action
11069/99

COM(99) 418 final

SP No:

383

Proposal for a Council Decision on a Community position on an amendment to Protocol 4 on the definition of the concept of "originating products" and methods of administrative Cooperation set out in the Europe Agreement between the European Communities and the Republic of Estonia (presented by the Commission) No further action
11070/99

COM(99) 419 final

SP No:

384

Proposal for a Council Decision on a Community position on an amendment to Protocol 4 on the definition of the concept of "originating products" and methods of administrative Cooperation set out in the Europe Agreement between the European Communities and the Czech Republic (presented by the Commission)

No further action
11071/99

COM(99) 420 final

SP No:

385

Proposal for a Council Decision on a Community position on an amendment to Protocol 4 on the definition of the concept of "originating products" and methods of administrative Cooperation set out in the Europe Agreement between the European Communities and the Slovak Republic (presented by the Commission)

No further action
11072/99

COM(99) 421 final

SP No:

386

Proposal for a Council Decision on a Community position on an amendment to Protocol 4 on the definition of the concept of "originating products" and methods of administrative Cooperation set out in the Europe Agreement between the European Communities and the Republic of Slovenia (presented by the Commission)

No further action
11073/99

COM(99) 422 final

SP No:

387

Proposal for a Council Decision on a Community position on an amendment to Protocol 4 on the definition of the concept of "originating products" and methods of administrative Cooperation set out in the Europe Agreement between the European Communities and the Republic of Lithuania (presented by the Commission)

No further action
11074/99

COM(99) 423 final

SP No:

388

Proposal for a Council Decision on a Community position on an amendment to Protocol 4 on the definition of the concept of "originating products" and methods of administrative Cooperation set out in the Europe Agreement between the European Communities and the Republic of Latvia (presented by the Commission)

No further action
11075/99

COM(99) 424 final

SP No:

389

Proposal for a Council Decision on a Community position on an amendment to Protocol 4 on the definition of the concept of "originating products" and methods of administrative Cooperation set out in the Europe Agreement between the European Communities and the Republic of Poland (presented by the Commission)

No further action
11103/99

COM(99) 449 final

SP No:

390

Proposal for a Council Decision accepting the extension of the International Coffee Agreement 1994 on behalf of the European Community

No further action
11145/99

COM(99) 410 final

SP No:

391

Trans-European networks Annual Report - 1998

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

392

Tampere Special European Council - UK Position Paper

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

393

Draft General Budget of the European Communities for the Financial Year 2000. Vols.1, 3-8

Await explanatory memorandum and consider at next committee meeting.
10897/99 SP No:

394

ECB Recommendation of 2 June 1999 for a Council Regulation (EC) concerning further calls of foreign reserve assets by the ECB (ECB/1999/1)

No further action
10992/99

COM(99) 441 final

SP No:

395

Commission Communication: Proposal for guidelines for member states' employment policies 2000

No further action, but send copy to Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee for their interest.
10993/99

SEC(99) 1386 final

SP No:

396

Draft Joint Employment Report 1999

No further action, but send copy to Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee for their interest.
10995/99

COM(99) 440 final

SP No:

397

Draft Council Decision establishing the Employment Committee

No further action
11020/99

COM(99) 444 final

SP No:

398

Proposal for a Council Regulation amending Regulation (EC) No 3605/93 on the application of the Protocol on excessive deficit procedure annexed to the Treaty establishing the European Community

No further action
11146/99

COM(99) 448 final

SP No:

399

Commission Report on guarantees covered by the general budget - situation at 30 June 1999

No further action, but send copy to Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee for their interest.
11204/99

COM(99) 443 final 99/0194 (COD)

SP No:

400

Proposal for a Regulation (EC) of the European Parliament and of the Council extending Regulation (EC) No 443/97 on operations to aid uprooted people in Asian and Latin American developing countries

No further action
10909/99 SP No:

401

Convention on the use of information technology for customs purposes (CIS Convention) Draft rules of procedure of the Joint Supervisory Authority

No further action
10925/99 SP No:

402

Report of the European Investment Bank, in compliance with Article 29(4) of the Internal Agreement on the Financing and Administration of Community Aid, regarding operations financed from the Sixth European Development Fund and administered by the Bank in accordance with Article 10(2) of the Internal Agreement - Situation at 31 December 1998 (Lome III)

No further action
10926/99 SP No:

403

Report of the European Investment Bank, in compliance with Article33(5) the Internal Agreement on the Financing and Administration of Community Aid, regarding operations financed from the Seventh European Development Fund and administered by the Bank in accordance with Article 10(2) of the Internal Agreement - Situation at 31 December 1998 (Lome1V)

No further action
10927/99 SP No:

404

Report of the European Investment Bank, in compliance with Article 33(5) of the Internal Agreement on the Financing and Administration of Community Aid, regarding operations financed from the Eighth European Development Fund and administered by the Bank in accordance with Article 10(2) of the Internal Agreement - Situation at 31 December 1998 (Lome IV)

No further action
10994/99

COM(99) 445 final

SP No:

405

Commission Recommendation for Council Recommendations on the implementation of Member States' employment policies

No further action, but send copy to Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee for their interest.
11022/99 SP No:

406

Report from the Commission to the Council on consultations with a view to settlement of the banana disputes

No further action, but send copy to Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee for their interest.
11060/99

COM(99) 384 final 99/0162 (CNS)

SP No:

407

Proposal for a Council Regulation (EC) apportioning the quantities of grain provided for under the Food Aid Convention 1995 for the period 1 July 1998 to 30 June 1999

No further action
11144/99

COM(99) 337 final COD 99/0152

SP No:

408

Proposal for a Regulation (EC) of the European Parliament and of the Council on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by the institutions and bodies of the European Community and on the free movement of such data

No further action
11155/99

COM(99) 450 final

SP No:

409

Proposal for a Council Decision on a Community position on the rules of procedure of the Cooperation Council and the Cooperation Committee established by the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement between the European Communities and their Member States and the Republic of Uzbekistan

No further action
11260/99

COM(99) 432 final

SP No:

410

Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the protection of workers from risks related to exposure to biological agents at work (seventh individual Directive within the meaning of Article 16(1) of Directive 89/391/EEC (codified version))

No further action
11084/99

COPEN 37

SP No:

411

Draft Convention on Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters between the Member States of the European Union - Data Protection

Request SCN and consider at next committee meeting.
11570/99

COPEN 42

SP No:

412

Draft Convention on mutual assistance in criminal matters between the Member States of the European Union - Joint Investigation teams (Article 13)

Request SCN and consider at next committee meeting.
11571/99

COPEN 43

SP No:

413

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

Request SCN and consider at next committee meeting.
11603/99

COPEN 44

SP No:

414

Draft Convention of mutual assistance in criminal matters between the Member States of the European Union - Responsibility of officials in the context of cross-border investigation

Request SCN and consider at next committee meeting.
  SP No:

415

Proposed Initiative on Crime Prevention and Youth Crime: Paper by Sweden, the UK and Denmark for the Special European Council on JHA

No further action, but send copy to Justice and Home Affairs Committee for their interest.
11203/99

SEC(99) 1470

SP No:

416

Commission staff working paper - Report for 1998 on the evaluation of external Cooperation

No further action
11492/99

COM(99) 425 final

SP No:

417

Communication from the Commission on progress made in the consultation with the United States on the development of a new generation noisy standard for civil subsonic jet aeroplanes and phase out measures for the noisiest categories of civil subsonic jet aeroplanes within Chapter 3

Await explanatory memorandum and consider at next committee meeting. Ensure Enterprise Committee are aware of issue
11523/99 SP No:

418

Council Regulation concerning a ban on the supply to Indonesia of equipment which might be used for internal repression or terrorism

No further action
11217/99

COM(99) 438 final

SP No:

419

Proposal for a Council framework decision in combating fraud and counterfeiting of non-cash means of payment (presented by the Commission)

No further action
10608/99

PESC 257 COWEB 101

SP No:

420

Council Common Position amending Common Position 1999/273/CFSP concerning a ban on the supply and sale of petroleum products to the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY), and Common Position 1999/318/CFSP concerning additional restrictive measures against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia

No further action
11552/99

SEC(99) 1555

SP No:

421

Commission Staff working paper on the competitiveness of European Industry - 1999 report

No further action, but send copy to Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee for their interest.
11156/99

SEC(99) 1302 final

SP No:

422

European Commission Recommendation on a classification system for solid radioactive waste

Await explanatory memorandum and consider at next committee meeting.
11326/99

PESC 305 COWEB 118

SP No:

423

Council Regulation prohibiting the sale and supply of petroleum and certain petroleum products to certain parts of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY) and repealing Regulation (EC) No 900/1999

No further action
11780/99

DROIPEN 14

SP No:

424

Draft Instrument on increasing protection by penal sanctioned against counterfeiting in connection with the introduction of the euro

No further action
SEC(99) SP No:

425

General Budget 1999 Transfer of appropriations Nos 1/99 - 34/99

No further action
11583/99

COM(99) 454 final

SP No:

426

Report from the Commission on application of Council Directive 93/65/EEC of 19 July 1993 on the definition and use of compatible technical specification for the procurement of air traffic management equipment and systems

No further action
11707/99

COM(99) 457 final

SP No:

427

Communication from the Commission to the Council, the European Parliament, the Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions on the state of the competitiveness of the EU forest-based and related industries

No further action, but send copy to Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee for their interest.
3710-07r6

Draft 3

SP No:

428

Europol Management Board: Council Decision authorising the Director of Europol to enter into negotiations on agreements with third states and non-EU related bodies

No further action
11545/99

COM(99) 471 final

SP No:

429

Proposal for a Council Decision authorising Italy to apply or to continue to apply reductions in, or exemptions from, excise duties on certain mineral oils used for specific purposes, in accordance with the procedure provided for in Article 8(4) of Directive 92/81/EEC

No further action
11696/99

COM(99) 459 final

SP No:

430

Request by the Italian Government for authorisation to introduce a measure derogating from Council Directive 92/81/EEC, based on Article 8(4) of that Directive, in respect of a reduced rate of excise duty on automotive diesel fuel for commercial vehicles

No further action
11708/99

COM(99) 453 final

SP No:

431

Communication from the Commission to the Council, the European Parliament and the ECSC Consultative Committee on the state of the competitiveness of the steel industry in the EU

No further action, but send copy to Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee for their interest.
11756/99

COM(99) 461 final

SP No:

432

Proposal for a Council Decision authorising France to apply or to continue to apply reductions in, or exemptions from, excise duties on certain mineral oils used for specific purposes, in accordance with the procedure provided for in Article 8(4) of Directive 92/81/EEC

No further action
11762/99

COM(99) 462 final

SP No:

433

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 setting out, for the period 1 June 1999 to 31 May 2002, the fishing opportunities and the financial contribution provided for by the Agreement between the European Community and the Government of the Democratic Republic of Sao Tome e Principe on fishing off the coast of Sao Tome e Principe

No further action
11788/99

COM(99) 464 final

SP No:

434

Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council on the Strategy for Europe's Internal Market

No further action, but send copy to Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee for their interest.
10767/99

COM(99) 371 final

SP No:

435

Communication from the Commission to the Council, the European Parliament and the Economic and Social Committee: Study on Parental Control of Television Broadcasting

No further action, but send copy to Education, Culture & Sport Committee for their interest.
11910/99

COM(99 466 final

SP No:

436

Proposal for a Council Regulation amending Regulation (EC) No 1064/1999 imposing a ban on flights between the European Community and the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia

No further action
12010/99

COPEN 47 COMIX 344

SP No:

437

Draft Convention on Mutual assistance in criminal matters between the member States of the European Union - Article 6 (3), Article X and Y

Request SN and consider at next meeting
11690/99

PESC 350 COWEB 130

SP No:

438

Council Common Position on support to democratic forces in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY)

No further action
11760/99

COM(99) 469 final

SP No:

439

Excise duties on mineral oils - Request by Germany for an exemption (procedure under Article 8(4) of Directive 92/81/EEC)

No further action
11766/99

COM(99) 473 final

SP No:

440

Proposal for a Council Regulation amending Regulation (EC) No 61/1999 allocating, for 1999, catch quotas between Member States for vessels fishing in Lithuanian waters

Await explanatory memorandum, request SCN and consider at next committee meeting.
11767/99

COM(99) 472 final

SP No:

441

Proposal for a Council Regulation amending Regulation (EC) No 54/1999 allocating, for 1999, Community catch quotas in Greenland waters

Await explanatory memorandum, request SCN and consider at next committee meeting.
11889/99

COM(99) 470 final

SP No:

442

First Annual Progress Report on the Implementation of the Chernobyl Shelter Fund

No further action
11909/99

COM(99) 455 final

SP No:

443

Proposal for a Council Regulation amending Regulation (EC) No 900/1999 prohibiting the sale and supply of petroleum products to the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia

No further action
11911/99

COM(99) 460 final

SP No:

444

Proposal for a Council Regulation (EC) concerning a ban on the supply to Indonesia of equipment which might be used for internal repression or terrorism

No further action
11919/99

COM(99) 474 final

SP No:

445

Report from the Commission to the Council on the situation in world shipbuilding

No further action, but send copy to Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee for their interest.
10522/99

COM(99) 406 final

SP No:

446

Proposal for a Council Regulation (EC) amending Regulation (EEC) No 2717/93 imposing a definitive anti-dumping duty on imports of ferro-chrome with a carbon content by weight of maximum 0.5% (low carbon ferro-chrome), originating in Kazakhstan, Russia and Ukraine

No further action
10525/99

COM(99) 429 final

SP No:

447

Proposal for a Council Regulation (EC) amending Council Regulation (EC) No 772/1999 imposing definitive anti-dumping and countervailing duties on imports of farmed Atlantic salmon originating in Norway

Consider at next committee meeting
10733/99

COM(99) 433 final

SP No:

448

Proposal for a Council Regulation (EC) amending Regulation (EC) No 2334/97 as last amended by Council Regulation (EC) No 2079/98, imposing a definitive anti-dumping duty on certain imports of flat pallets of wood originating in the Republic of Poland

No further action
10737/99

COM(99) 436 final

SP No:

449

Proposal for a Council Regulation (EC) No 2450/98 imposing a definitive countervailing duty on imports of stainless steel bars originating in India and collecting definitively the provisional duty imposed

No further action

 

2. Subordinate legislation: The committee considered SSI 1999/107 and determined that it has no recommendations to make.

 

3. Forward work programme: The committee discussed its forward work programme. It was agreed that—

a)The Clerk would, following the consultation exercise, bring forward a paper to the next meeting outlining key organisations for a future taking of oral evidence and issues highlighted in the written evidence received to date, and proposing a draft forward work programme for the first 4-5 months of 2000;

b) Members would notify the Clerk of their special interest areas on which they would be prepared to act as a reporter;

c) Representatives from CoSLA would be invited to address the committee at its meeting on 23 November.

 

4. Delegation from the Regional Parliament of Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany: The committee welcomed a delegation from the Regional Parliament of Sachsen-Anhalt. There followed a joint discussion.

 

5. Convener’s report: The convener reported on—

Meeting with Mr Robert de Groot, Foreign Affairs Advisor to the Dutch Prime Minister on the 27 October 1999;

Meeting with Mr Francisco Camps, Spanish Junior Minister for State for Regional Government and Mr Eduardo Zaplan, President of the Regional Parliament of Valencia, on the 27 October 1999;

Request by CoSLA for a meeting with the European Committee;

Letter received from Iain Robertson, Chief Executive, Highlands and Islands Enterprise. The committee approved the draft response by the convener;

Nomination of a European Committee representative to attend reception for a visiting member of the Dutch Royal Family, on 17 November. It was agreed that Dr Winnie Ewing would attend subject to availability, and that should she be unavailable Ben Wallace would seek to attend;

Reception on 16 November with members of the Swedish Parliament: Dr Sylvia Jackson, Maureen Macmillan, Allan Wilson, Ben Wallace, Ms Margo MacDonald and Dr Winnie Ewing indicated that they were available;

Research support, travel by committees and the Civic Forum;

 

6. Requests by the committee for further briefing: The committee made no requests.

The meeting closed at 4.18pm.

Stephen Imrie
Clerk to the Committee

  
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