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1st Report, 1999

Report on Scrutiny of European Documents: covering 18 August 1999 to 19 October 1999

  
     

APPENDIX A

ANNEXE 1

Pro-Forma for the Sift/Scrutiny Recommendation Note

Sift Date:

        

Notes

Analysis

Document Title

SP Ref. N

Date Received

Document Type

Description

Timetable

Availability of EM or SEB

Notes and Decision Rationale

Recommendation for Action

Council working paper on trade relations between the EU and South Korea

SP/XX

1/1/99

Working Paper     

EM received on 3/1/99

  

No further action

Proposal for a Council Directive on Excise Duties for the Spirits Industry

SP/YY

1/1/99

Proposal for Directive

A document setting out plans for increasing excise duties across the EU on spirits.

Decision to be taken in Council by the 1/3/99. Commons Committee to reach decision by 14/2/99

EM received on 3/1/99

SEB requested and received on 5/1/99

Documents make specific changes to excise duties on whisky. Executive rates this a priority issue. Whisky Distillers Association have negative view on the proposal
Priority Scrutiny. To be taken by European Committee. Opinion of Enterprise Committee to be sought.

Commission White Paper on Emissions from Abattoirs

SP/ZZ

1/1/99

Proposal for a Directive
White Paper
Directives planned in latter half of year

Awaiting material from Dti

Scottish Cover Note requested

Contains some impacts on agri-industry in Scotland. Executive rates as important, but not urgent.

RegularScrutiny. To be referred to Rural Affairs Committee, with opinions from Environment & European.

Explanatory Memorandum (EM), Scottish European Brief (SEB)

 

 

ANNEXE 2

Pro-Forma for the Scottish European Brief

[Council number]
[COM or SEC number]

SCOTTISH EUROPEAN BRIEF ON EUROPEAN COMMUNITY LEGISLATION/ DOCUMENTATION

[Title of document]

Submitted by the [Division –day/month/year]

 

SUBJECT MATTER

Drafted to enable MSPs to broadly understand what is proposed without reference to the Community document. Scrutiny history and related issues should also be reported.

MINISTERIAL RESPONSIBILITY

State which Scottish Minister has primary interest in the proposal and other Ministers which may also have an interest.

LEGAL AND PROCEDURAL ISSUES

In consultation with Solicitors –

(i) The legal basis upon which the proposal relies (Usually the Treaty Article cited in the preamble). Whether the assent, co-decision, consultation or co-operation procedures are applicable.

(ii) Voting procedure (unanimity or Qualified Majority Voting)

(iii) Impact on Scottish law

POLICY IMPLICATIONS

Clear account of principle issues from a Scottish viewpoint – if no policy implications then, if possible, explain why this is so. Possible impact on Scottish business costs and employment (Cost Compliance Assessment). Risk assessment and scientific justification if appropriate. Where possible, the Executive’s attitude to a proposal should be given referring to public or Parliamentary statements already made by Ministers. Details of any consultation on the issue.

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

Covering financial implications for the Community, the UK and Scotland where this can be done without prejudicing the UK (or Scottish) negotiating position. Figures should be quoted in euros and sterling.

TIMETABLE

OTHER OBSERVATIONS

To include:-

(i) potential impact on the environment;
(ii) equal opportunities.

[Minister’s signature]
[Title]
[Division]

 

APPENDIX B

 

Meeting of the European Committee, 31 August 1999

This Appendix contains copies of any report issued by the European Committee as a result of their deliberations initiated at the above-mentioned meeting on the following European documents selected for further scrutiny–

SP 292 (EC Ref 10439/99, COM(99) 382 final) - Proposal for a Council Regulation (EC) on closer dialogue with the fishing industry and groups affected by the common fisheries policy

SP 301 (EC Ref 10485/99, COM(99) 329 final) - 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

 

ANNEXE A

LETTER TO JIMMY HOOD MP, CHAIR OF THE HOUSE OF COMMONS EUROPEAN SCRUTINY COMMITTEE, SENT ON THE 21 OCTOBER 1999

 

SUBJECT: Report by the Scottish Parliament’s European Committee on SP 292

The European Committee of the Scottish Parliament considered the following document during its meeting of the 19th October 1999:

SP Ref No

EC Ref No

Title

292

10439/99, COM(99) 382 final

Proposal for a Council Regulation (EC) on closer dialogue with the fishing industry and groups affected by the common fisheries policy

 

This document was referred also to the Rural Affairs Committee who reported back any comments they had to the European Committee.

The following is a compilation of the views of the two committees which we would ask you to take into account during your deliberations on the above-mentioned document, and during any discussions with the relevant UK Minister and Whitehall department(s).

 

Report

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. moves by the European Commission to centralise the consultative process caused concern to the committee as there was not an adequate explanation of the merits of centralisation in the Commission’s proposal. Consequently, members strongly expressed the view that Scotland’s fishing industry should be represented on the Advisory Committee on Fisheries;

  3. a regional structure of fisheries management would be a welcome principal and should be one which the European Commission endorses in any such moves to restructure the consultative process.

[End]

Please feel free to contact me or the Clerk to the European Committee if we can be of any further assistance in the above matter.

 

Hugh Henry MSP
Convener
21 October 1999

 

ANNEXE B

LETTER TO JIMMY HOOD MP, CHAIR OF THE HOUSE OF COMMONS EUROPEAN SCRUTINY COMMITTEE, SENT ON THE 21 OCTOBER 1999

SUBJECT: Report by the Scottish Parliament’s European Committee on SP 301

The European Committee of the Scottish Parliament considered the following document during its meeting of the 19th October 1999:

SP Ref. No

EC Ref. No

Title

301

10485/99, COM(99) 329 final 99/0158 (COD)

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

 

This document was referred also to the Health and Community Care Committee who reported back to the European Committee.

The following is a compilation of the views of the two committees which we would ask you to take into account during your deliberations on the above-mentioned document, and during any discussions with the relevant UK Minister and Whitehall department(s).

 

Report

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 by the European Committee to forward the above response of the Health and Community Care Committee to the Scottish Executive and the House of Commons European Scrutiny Committee.

[End]

Please feel free to contact me or the Clerk to the European Committee if we can be of any further assistance in the above matter.

Hugh Henry MSP
Convener
21 October 1999

 

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