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EUROPEAN COMMITTEE

MINUTES

9th Meeting, Session 1 (1999) 

Tuesday 7 December 1999

 

  


Present:

Bruce Crawford

Hugh Henry (Convener)

Dr Winnie Ewing

Cathy Jamieson

Dr Sylvia Jackson

Maureen Macmillan

Ms Margo MacDonald

Ms Irene Oldfather

David Mundell

Ben Wallace

Tavish Scott

Allan Wilson

Apologies received from Dennis Canavan

Also present: Jamie McGrigor MSP



The meeting opened at 2.04pm.

 

  1. Forward work programme: The Committee considered a private draft paper EU99/9/1 detailing proposals for its forward programme. The committee agreed the list of issues and the named reporters. The committee agreed to make the paper public. The committee agreed to revise aspects of the paper for a subsequent meeting.

  2. European Fisheries Council meeting: The Committee discussed the report EU99/9/2 from Tavish Scott MSP on the forthcoming meeting of the European Fisheries Council. The report was agreed. The committee agreed to send the report to the Deputy Minister for Rural Affairs and invite him to attend a meeting of the European Committee after the Christmas recess.

  3. Scrutiny of European documentation: The Committee discussed the scrutiny recommendations of the Convener contained in paper EU/99/9/3.
    The undernoted actions were agreed:

  4. 12373/99
    COM(99) 456 final

    SP No:

    468

    Proposal for a European Parliament and Council Directive amending Directive 64/432/EEC on health problems affecting intra-Community trade in bovine animals and swine

    Request Scottish Cover Note (SCN) and consider at next committee meeting.

    12585/99

    DROIPEN 18

    SP No:

    481

    Draft Framework Decision on increasing protection by penal sanctions against counterfeiting in connection with the introduction of the euro

    Request SCN and consider at next committee meeting.

    No EC Ref No.

    SP No:

    482

    Proposal for a Regulation fixing the guide prices for fishery products

    No further action. Clerk to inquire as to late arrival of SP 482

    No EC Ref No.

    SP No:

    524

    Draft Instrument concerning a Proposal for a Council Regulation (EC) temporarily suspending all or some of the autonomous common custom tariff duties on certain fishery products (2000)

    Request SCN and consider at next committee meeting.

    No EC Ref No

    SP No:

    525

    Draft Instrument concerning a Proposal for a Council Regulation (EC) No 745/99 opening and providing for the administration of autonomous Community tariff quotas for certain fishery products

    Request SCN and consider at next committee meeting.

    12795/99

    COM(99) 547 final

    SP No:

    513

    Proposal for a Council Decision on the conclusion of an Agreement between the European Community and the Kingdom of Cambodia on trade in textile products.

    Request SCN and consider at next committee meeting.

    12031/99

    COM(99) 486 final

    SP No:

    470

    Report by the Commission to the European Parliament and to the Council on the situation regarding the implementation of beef-labelling systems in the different Member States as laid down in Article 19(3) of Council Regulation (EC) No 820/97

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

    12030/99

    COM(99) 487 final

    SP No:

    484

    Proposal for a European Parliament and Council Regulation establishing a system for the identification and registration of bovine animals and regarding the labelling of beef and beef products and repealing Council Regulation (EC) No 820/97

    Proposal for a European Parliament and Council Regulation amending Council Regulation (EC) No 820/97 establishing a system for the identification and registration of bovine animals and regarding the labelling of beef and beef products

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

    12458/99

    COM(99) 544 final

    SP No:

    495

    Proposal for a Council Decision concerning the placing on the market and administration of bovine somatotrophin (BST) and repealing Council Decision 90/218/EEC

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

    12347/99

    COM(99) 541 final

    SP No:

    498

    Proposal for a Council Regulation establishing a Community framework for the collection and management of the fisheries data needed to conduct the common fisheries policy

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

    12350/99

    COM(99) 551 final

    SP No:

    503

    Proposal for a Council Decision on a financial contribution from the Community towards the expenditure incurred by the Member States in collecting data, and for financing studies and pilot projects for carrying out the common fisheries policy

    Await explanatory memorandum, group with SP 498 and request SCN, then consider at next committee meeting.

    12349/99

    COM(99) 552 final

    SP No:

    511

    Proposal for a Council Regulation amending for the fourth time Regulation (EC) No 1626/94 laying down certain technical measures for the conservation of fishery resources in the Mediterranean and for the fourth time Regulation (EC) No 850/98 for the conservation of fishery resources through technical measures for the protection of juveniles of marine organisms

    Await explanatory memorandum, group with SP 498 and request SCN, then consider at next committee meeting.

    12656/99

    SP No:

    507

    Draft Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Council Directive 93/42/EEC concerning medical devices, as regards medical devices incorporating stable derivatives of human blood or human plasma

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

    13052/99

    EURODAC 22

    SP No:

    514

    Proposal for a Council Regulation concerning the establishment of 'Eurodac' for the comparison of fingerprints of applicants for asylum and certain other aliens

    Await explanatory memorandum, request SCN 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. Depending on contents, possible referral to JHA Committee. This decision at a future meeting.

    No EC Ref No.

    SP No:

    393

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

    Awaiting response from MEPs. Depending on response, possible scrutiny in European Committee at future meeting. No action at this stage

    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

    Clerks awaiting feedback from Executive on implications for Scottish industry. No further action at this stage

    12318/99

    SEC(99) 1729

    SP No:

    488

    Commission staff working paper on sustainable industrial development

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

    12392/99

    COM(99) 536 final

    SP No:

    489

    Proposal for a Council Regulation on information measures relating to the common agricultural policy

    No further action, but send copy to Rural Affairs Committee for their interest.

    12680/99

    COM(99) 554 final

    SP No:

    505

    Communication from the Commission tot he Council and the European Parliament: Forests and development: the EC approach

    No further action, but send copy to Rural Affairs Committee for their interest.

    12442/99

    COM(99) 519 final

    SP No:

    497

    Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council and the Economic and Social Committee on the progress of the implementation of the action programme of the communication on intermodality and intermodal freight transport in the European Union

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

    10844/1/99 REV.1

    SP No:

    453

    Proposal for a European Parliament and Council Directive on the taking up, the pursuit and the prudential supervision of the business of electronic money institutions

    Proposal for a European Parliament and Council Directive amending Directive 77/780/EEC on the co-ordination of laws, regulations and administrative provisions relating to the taking up and pursuit of the business of credit institutions

    No further action

    12090/99

    COM(99) 485 final COD 99/0208

    SP No:

    473

    Proposal for a Decision of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing the European Year of Languages 2001

    No further action but send copy to the Education, Culture and Sport Committee for their interest

    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

    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

    No further action

    11997/99

    COM(99) 495

    SP No:

    483

    Proposal for a Council Regulation amending Regulation (EC) No 2505/96 opening and providing for the administration of autonomous Community tariff quotas for certain agricultural and industrial products

    No further action

    12256/99

    COM(99) 497 final

    SP No:

    486

    Request by the Danish and Swedish Governments (Article 27 procedure)

    No further action

    12261/99

    COM(99) 493 final

    SP No:

    487

    Commission Communication to the Council and the European Parliament - Risk Capital: Implementation of the Action Plan: Proposals for moving forward

    No further action

    12380/99

    CRIMORG 153

    SP No:

    491

    Organised crime within trade between the EU and Russia; double invoicing as an instrument of organised crime. Proposal by the Presidency on practical measures towards combating criminal action involved

    No further action

    3623/99 PE-CONS

    SOC 351 CODEC 579

    SP No:

    493

    European Parliament and Council Directive on minimum requirements for improving the safety and health protection of workers potentially at risk from explosive atmospheres

    No further action

    12456/99

    COM(99) 468 final

    SP No:

    496

    Communication from the Commission to the Council and the European Parliament - Assessment and future of Community humanitarian activities (Article 20 of Regulation (EC) No 1257/96

    No further action

    12187/99

    COM(99) 498 final

    SP No:

    500

    Proposal for a Council Decision granting a Community guarantee to the European Investment Bank against losses under loans for projects for the reconstruction of the earthquake affected areas of Turkey

    No further action

    12303/99

    COM(99) 518 final

    SP No:

    501

    Communication from the Commission to the Council on a Community participation in the debt relief initiative for highly indebted poor countries

    No further action

    12348/99

    COM(99) 550 final

    SP No:

    502

    Proposal for a Council Regulation on the conclusion of the Protocol setting out for the period 1 June 1999 to 31 May 2002 the fishing opportunities and the financial contribution provided for in 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

    12657/99

    COM(99) 549 final

    SP No:

    504

    Proposal for a Council Regulation on Community financial contribution to the International Fund for Ireland

    No further action

    12742/99

    COM(99) 496 final CNS 99/0203

    SP No:

    508

    Proposal for a Council Decision on the conclusion of an agreement between the European Community and the Kingdom of Norway on the participation of Norway in the work of the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction

    No further action

    12751/99

    UD 118 CODEC 665

    SP No:

    509

    Draft Regulation (EC) of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EEC) No 2913/92 establishing the Community Customs Code

    No further action

    0212/98

    SP No:

    510

    Resolution on a draft electoral procedure incorporating common principles for the election of Members of the European Parliament

    No further action

    12501/99

    COM(99) 556 final

    SP No:

    512

    Proposal for a Council Decision on the conclusion of an Agreement in the form of an Exchange of Letters between the European Community and the Republic of Kazakhstan establishing a double-checking system without quantitative limits in respect of the export of certain steel products covered by the EC and ECSC Treaties from the Republic of Kazakhstan to the European Community.

    No further action

    12094/99

    COM(99) 535 final

    SP No:

    515

    Proposal for a Council Regulation on the implementation of operations in the framework of the pre-accession strategy for Cyprus and Malta

    No further action

    12553/99

    STUP 22

    SP No:

    516

    Council Resolution on prevention in law enforcement action against drugs

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

    12805/99

    COM(99) 548 final

    SP No:

    517

    Communication from the Commission strengthening the northern dimension of European energy policy

    No further action

    12947/99

    COM(99) 561 final

    SP No:

    518

    Proposal for a Council Regulation amending Regulation (EC) No 2894/94 concerning arrangements for implementing the Agreement on the European Economic Area

    No further action

    12958/99

    COM(99) 558 final

    SP No:

    519

    Opinion of the Commission pursuant to Article 251(2)(c) of the Treaty establishing the European Community as amended by the Treaty on European Union on the European Parliament's amendments to the Council's common position regarding the proposal for a Decision of the European Parliament and of the Council adopting a Multiannual Programme for the Promotion of Energy Efficiency (SAVE) (1998-2002);

    Amended Commission proposal pursuant to Article 250(2) of the Treaty on European Union

    No further action

    12422/99

    PESC 382 COWEB 139

    SP No:

    523

    Council Regulation amending Regulation (EC) No 2111/1999 prohibiting the sale and supply of petroleum and certain petroleum products to certain parts of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY)

    No further action

    12060/99

    COM(99) 501 final

    SP No:

    526

    1999 regular report from the Commission on Bulgaria's progress towards accession

    No further action

    12061/99

    COM(99) 502 final

    SP No:

    527

    1999 regular report from the Commission on Cyprus' progress towards accession

    No further action

    12063/99

    COM(99) 504 final

    SP No:

    528

    1999 regular report from the Commission on Estonia's progress towards accession

    No further action

    12154/99

    COM(99) 513 final

    SP No:

    529

    1999 regular report from the Commission on Turkey's progress towards accession

    No further action

    12188/99

    COM(99) 521 final

    SP No:

    530

    Proposal for a Council Decision on the principles, priorities, intermediate objectives and conditions contained in the accession partnership with the Republic of Bulgaria

    No further action

    12189/99

    COM(99) 522 final

    SP No:

    531

    Proposal for a Council Decision on the principles, priorities, intermediate objectives and conditions contained in the accession partnership with the Republic of Cyprus

    No further action

    12190/99

    COM(99) 523 final

    SP No:

    532

    Proposal for a Council Decision on the principles, priorities, intermediate objectives and conditions contained in the accession partnership with the Czech Republic.

    No further action

    12191/99

    COM(99) 524 final

    SP No:

    533

    Proposal for a Council Decision on the principles, priorities, intermediate objectives and conditions contained in the accession partnership with the Republic of Estonia

    No further action

    12192/99

    COM(99) 525 final

    SP No:

    534

    Proposal for a Council Decision on the principles, priorities, intermediate objectives and conditions contained in the accession partnership with the Republic of Hungary

    No further action

    12193/99

    COM(99) 526 final

    SP No:

    535

    Proposal for a Council Decision on the principles, priorities, intermediate objectives and conditions contained in the accession partnership with the Republic of Latvia

    No further action

    12194/99

    COM(99) 527 final

    SP No:

    536

    Proposal for a Council Decision on the principles, priorities, intermediate objectives and conditions contained in the accession partnership with the Republic of Lithuania

    No further action

    12195/99

    COM(99) 528 final

    SP No:

    537

    Proposal for a Council Decision on the principles, priorities, intermediate objectives and conditions contained in the accession partnership with the Republic of Malta

    No further action

    12196/99

    COM(99) 529 final

    SP No:

    538

    Proposal for a Council Decision on the principles, priorities, intermediate objectives and conditions contained in the accession partnership with the Republic of Poland

    No further action

    12197/99

    COM(99) 530 final

    SP No:

    539

    Proposal for a Council Decision on the principles, priorities, intermediate objectives and conditions contained in the accession partnership with Romania

    No further action

    12198/99

    COM(99) 531 final

    SP No:

    540

    Proposal for a Council Decision on the principles, priorities, intermediate objectives and conditions contained in the accession partnership with the Republic of Slovakia

    No further action

    12199/99

    COM(99) 532 final

    SP No:

    541

    Proposal for a Council Decision on the principles, priorities, intermediate objectives and conditions contained in the accession partnership with the Republic of Slovenia

    No further action

    12071/99

    PESC 365 COSCE 8

    SP No:

    485

    Council Decision implementing Common Position 98/633/CFSP concerning the process on stability and good-neighbourliness in South-east Europe

    No further action

    12507/99

    PESC 387 COASI 33 CODUN 21

    SP No:

    490

    Council Decision implementing Joint Action 1999/34/CFSP with a view to a European Union contribution to combating the destabilising accumulation and spread of small arms and light weapons in Cambodia

    No further action

    12505/99

    PESC 385 COASI 31

    SP No:

    499

    Council Common Position concerning restrictive measures against the Taliban

    No further action

    12358/99

    PESC 377 COAFR 27

    SP No:

    521

    Council Decision implementing the Council Common Position concerning EU support for the implementation of the Lusaka ceasefire agreement and the peace process in the Democratic Republic of Congo

    No further action

    12368/99

    PESC 378 COAFR 28

    SP No:

    522

    Council Common Position concerning EU support for the implementation of the Lusaka ceasefire agreement and the peace process in the Democratic Republic of Congo

    No further action

    94231/99 REV1

    CRIMORG 80

    SP No:

    492

    The prevention and control of organised crime: A European union strategy for the beginning of the new millennium

    No further action

    12867/99

    COPEN 56

    SP No:

    494

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

    No further action

    10097/99

    EUROPOL 35

    SP No:

    506

    Council Decision adjusting the remuneration and allowances applicable to Europol employees

    No further action

    10098/99

    EUROPOL 36

    SP No:

    520

    Council Decision amending the Council Act of 3 December 1998 laying sown the staff regulations applicable to Europol employees, with regard to the establishment of remuneration, pensions and other financial entitlements in euro

    No further action

    Consideration of the note from the Committee Clerk from the Clerk to the Justice and Home Affairs Committee on SP317 (EC Ref10541/99, Com(99) 352 final 99/0152 (COD)), "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". The Committee agreed to note the EC document.


  5. Convever’s Report: The Convener reported on –

Meeting with President McAleese of the Republic of Ireland (29 November)

Role of the European Committee in relation to Human Rights, EU/99/9/4

Letter received from Mr Bill Miller MEP (dated 24 November 1999)

The potential inclusion of an item on future agendas relating to issues raised by members of the Committee.

Date and time of next meeting. It was agreed this be 2.00pm. on 14 December

 

The meeting closed at 3.31pm.

Stephen Imrie
Clerk to the Committee

  
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