Select Committee on European Communities Third Report



Name of CommitteeLegal Basis TypeActivities in 1997
Committee on mutual assistance in customs and agricultural matters Regulation 515/97IIIb It met 2 times during 1997 and discussed the application and operation of the new mutual assistance Regulation 515/97.
This included arrangements for setting up the new Customs Information System.
Committee on export of cultural goodsRegulation 3911/92 IMet once in 1997 to discuss changes to the regulations governing the export of cultural goods.
Committee on administrative co-operation in the field of indirect taxation(the correct title is the Standing Committee on Administrative Co-operation in the field of indirect taxation) Regulation 218/92
Article 10
I, IIb or IIIb Met 3 times primarily to discuss a range of issues concerned with the operation of the VAT Information Exchange System (VIES). Also discussed the operation of the FISCALIS programme. The status of the committee varies depending upon the subject to be discussed (ie Type IIIb for administrative co-operation on VAT and Type IIb for FISCALIS).
Committee on the movement of air or sea passengers' baggage (principles) Regulation 3925/91 Article 6IIIa Met once in 1997. It discusses issues relating to the customs control of travellers' baggage at airports and ports.
Committee on excise dutiesDirective 92/12/EEC
Article 24
IIIbMet a number of times during 1997 and discussed matters of a technical nature involving the structure of the harmonised excise duties (alcohol, tobacco and mineral oils) and the holding/movement of these products to ensure the proper working of these aspects of the internal market.
Customs Code Committee:—movement of air and sea passengers' baggage Customs Code 2913/92IIb This Committee did not meet during 1997. The Committee itself was set up for legal reasons and is in addition to the one established under Regulation 3925/91. In practice there is no difference between the two.
—single administrative document (SAD) Customs Code 2913/92IIIa The single administrative document (SAD) is the customs form used for import and export declarations uniformly across the EU. This Committee met several times in 1997. The meetings are concerned with harmonising the optional boxes of the SAD with a view to simplifying the content of the form. The full SAD committee meets to discuss matters relating to specific data boxes on the SAD that relate to customs controls, means of transport, fiscal, tariff and statistical matters. If necessary, these would be further discussed in detail by the relevant committee (ie Valuation Committee, Transit Committee).
Customs Code Committee:—customs warehouses and free zones Customs Code 2913/92IIIa Met 4 times during 1997 to discuss proposals to amend Customs Code and implementing Regulation to modernise, rationalise and simplify legislation and procedures for these areas. Proposals have included alternative customs controls for free zones, cross-border authorisation, integrated authorisation and transfer of goods.
—duty free arrangementsCustoms Code 2913/92 IIIaNo meetings in 1997. Committee deals with the interpretation of rules governing duty free arrangements.
—customs procedures with an economic impact Customs Code 2913/92IIIa Met 12 times during 1997 to discuss proposals to amend Customs Code and Implementing Regulation to modernise, rationalise and simplify legislation and procedures for these areas. Proposals have included establishing horizontal procedures where appropriate, reform of the economic test for Inward and Outward Processing, simplification of transfer procedures, integrated authorisation and a facility for retrospective authorisations.
—tariff and statistical nomenclature(divided into trade, the Combined Nomenclature (Luxembourg) and Binding Tariff Information sectors) Regulation 2658/87IIb The trade sectors met 14 times in 1997 to discuss interpretation of the Combined Nomenclature (CN) and changes and simplification to its structure. Although questions tabled are based on technical classification in most instances, they are increasingly being filtered by the Commission to cover those which entail wider political and economic dimensions.
The Combined Nomenclature sector met 5 times during 1997. The Committee discusses proposals to create new commodity codes for inclusion in the following year's Combined Nomenclature.
—general legislationCustoms Code 2913/92 IIIaMet 6 times in 1997 and discussed legislative changes to the Customs Code and the interpretation of related legislation.
—recovery of claimsCustoms Code 2913/92 IIIaNo details available. Assumed not to have met in 1997.
—Community transitCustoms Code 2913/92 IIIaMet 6 times in 1997 to discuss reforms to the transit system and new procedures for movements of goods between Member States by sea.
—tariff quotas(now known as the Economic Tariff Questions Group —Management) Customs Code 2913/92IIIa Met 3 times in 1997 and discussed specific matters relating to operational management of tariff quotas and surveillance.
Customs Code Committee:—customs valuation Customs Code 2913/92IIIa Met 6 times dealing with technical questions raised by Member States, production of best practice guidance, cases concerning multinational companies, legislative changes and co-ordination of the World Customs Organisation.
—counterfeit and pirated goodsArticle 13, Regulation 3295/94 IIbMet 4 times in 1997. Discussed the practical implementation of Council Regulation 3295/94 and looked at proposals to widen the scope of the legislation to cover goods in a temporary storage situation, include patent infringements and introduce a new single application procedure for Community Trade Mark holders. The conclusions from these discussions were fed into a report presented by the Commission to the European Parliament in late 1997 together with proposals to revise the current Council Regulation. The proposals are currently being discussed by the Council's Economic Questions Group.
Favourable Tariff Treatment Section (Nature or End Use of Goods) Customs Code 2913/92IIb Met 6 times in 1997 to discuss proposals to amend the Customs Code and Implementing Regulation to modernise, rationalise and simplify legislation and procedures for these areas. Proposals include provision for cross border authorisations, integrated authorisations, retrospective authorisations and simplified transfer procedures.
Repayments and Remissions CommitteeCustoms Code 2913/92 IMet 4 times during 1997 to discuss specific cases submitted by Member States. Non-recovery of customs debt 220(2)(b) of the code and repayment / remissions of customs debt where Member States do not have competency.
Committee on recovery of claimsDirective 76/308/EEC IIIaDid not meet in 1997.
Matthaeus CommitteeRegulation 91/341/EEC IIaMatthaeus/Matthaeus Tax Committee met 6 times in 1997 to discuss a range of matters connected with the organisation of the Matthaeus programmes for training exchanges of customs officers.
Matthaeus Tax Committee(Committee has now ceased to operate following the introduction of the FISCALIS programme) Decision 93/588/EECIIa See above entry against Matthaeus Committee.
VAT Advisory Committee on Own Resources Regulation 1553/89 Article 13I Met once and reviewed inspection reports from the Commission on audits conducted on Member States' VAT bases.
Advisory Committee on Own ResourcesRegulation 1552/89 Article 20 IMet 3 times and reviewed inspection reports from the Commission on audits conducted on traditional own resources within the Member States.
Committee on Statistics Relating to the Trading of Goods with 3rd Countries Regulation 1172/95 Article 20IIa Met 3 times, discussions concentrated on improvement of third country trade data and standardisation of procedures across the EU. Delegates were updated at each meeting on various statistical co-operation projects and reconciliation exercises with extra EU countries.
Committee on StatisticsRelating to the Trading of Goods between Member States Regulation 3330/91 Article 29IIa Met 3 times , activities centred largely on simplification and improvement of the Intrastat system. The EDICOM (Electronic Data Interchange for Commerce) budget was discussed at each meeting.

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