Select Committee on European Communities Third Report


APPENDIX 5

LIST OF COMITOLOGY COMMITTEES AND THEIR ACTIVITIES IN 1997

DEPARTMENT OF TRADE AND INDUSTRY
Name of CommitteeLegal Basis TypeActivities in 1997
Emergencies Committee of the General Safety Product Directive Article 10 of the General Safety Product Directive (92/59/EEC) IIIbPurpose: To consult the opinion of Member States (MSs) on measures proposed by the Commission to deal with products posing a serious and immediate risk to the health and safety of consumers. If MSs agree (voting by QMV) the Commission may adopt a decision requiring MSs to take temporary measures to withdraw the product from their markets. The Committee also has a general advisory role on product safety issues. To date the Commission has not exercised its emergency powers. During 1997 the Committee discussed a variety of safety issues ranging from consideration of non-food articles (e.g. toys) in foodstuffs to particular notifications of unsafe products.
Textile Management Committee (autonomous regime) Council Regulation (EEC) No 517/94 of 7 March 1994 on common rules for imports of textiles products from certain third countries not covered by bilateral agreements, protocols or other arrangements, or by other specific Community import rules IIIa; plus IIIbDate set up: This committee was set up in 1994. In practice, the committees set up under EEC Regulation 3030/93 and 517/94 meet as one under the title of "Textile Management Committee".
Purpose: advises the Commission on the management of the various bilateral textile and clothing agreements with non-WTO countries. A type IIIa committee, with IIIb procedure used for certain liberalisation and emergency safeguard measures, and Article 3b procedure for other safeguard measures.
Activities in 1997: See below —Textile Management Committee (conventional regime)
Advisory Committee on Terminal Equipment (ACTE) Article 13 of Telecommuni- cations Terminal Equipment Directive 91/263/EEC (now repealed and replaced by 98/13/EC) IIIa , IPurpose of ACTE: 1. Delivering opinions on draft measures (eg technical telephony regulations) drawn up by the Commission. 2. ACTE responds to Commission consultations with telecommunications organisations, service/equipment users, consumers, manufacturers, service providers and trade unions. Volume of business: 55 Commission measures processed since Committee set up. Volume of business in 1997: 19 Commission Measures. Although implicitly advisory in its title, ACTE also has a regulatory role ( Type IIIa) in two areas: the choice of services for which the Council decides there shall be community wide availability and the initiation of the preparation of Common Technical Regulations (CTRs) and the transformation of harmonised standards into CTRs.
Committee for Directives Relating to Textile Names and Labelling Directive 96/73, which consolidated Directive 72/276 IIIaDirective 96/73 sets out means by which mixtures of textile fibres can be tested. Under the related Directive 96/74, all Member States shall require textile products to bear indications of their fibre content, using generic terms. The Committee considers suggestions for amending the relevant Directive so as to include new generic terms, taking account of technical progress. It met once in 1997 for this purpose.
Advisory Committee on Postal ServicesDirective 97/67 on common rules for the development of the internal market of Community postal services and the improvement of quality of service IIIaThe Committee did not meet in 1997. Its activities focus on issues relating to the implementation of the Directive, such as quality of service and introduction of transparent financial reporting as between particular services, and, in particular, the reserved (monopoly) and non-reserved (non-monopoly) services.
INFO 2000/MLIS Committee (formerly known as INFOCOM) Council Decision of 20 May 1996 (OJ L129, 30.5.96)
Council Decision of 21 December 1996 (OJ C 381, 16.12.97)
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The INFO 2000 programme (a multiannual Community programme to stimulate the development of a European multimedia content industry and to encourage the use of multimedia content in an emerging information society).
MLIS (the Multilingual Information Society —a programme to promote the linguistic diversity of the Community in the information society)
The Committee has powers to deliver opinions by majority on the adoption of the work programme; breakdown of budgetary expenditure; criteria and content of proposals; assessment of projects under calls for proposals where the Community contribution equals or exceeds ECU 200 000 and the measurement of programme evaluation. In 1997 all these matters were considered by the Committee. UK industrial, academic and other organisations had interests in various aspects of the programme and calls for proposals. During 1997 the Committee met 4 times.
Committee for the adaptation to technical progress of lifting and mechanical handling appliances. Article 22 of Directive 84/528/EECIIIa Purpose: to consider proposals from the Commission for any amendments necessary to adapt to technical progress Annex I of Directive 84/528, and to consider derogations from the provisions of separate Directives relating to lifting and mechanical handling appliances. No activities in 1997. Directive 95/16/EC of 29 June (Lifts Directive) repeals Directive (and therefore the Committee) with effect from 1 July 1999 —see below .
Textile Management Committee (conventional regime) Council Regulation (EEC) No 3030/93 of 12 October 1993 on common rules for imports of certain textile products from third countries
Council Regulation (EEC) No 3060/95 of 22 December 1995 on the arrangements for imports of certain textile products originating in Taiwan
IIIaDate set up: There has been a committee for the textiles and clothing sector since 1974. This committee was set up in 1993. In practice, the committees set up under EEC Regulations 3030/93 and 517/94 meet as one under the title of "Textile Management Committee" —see above. EEC Regulation 3060/95 uses the committee established under EEC Regulation 3030/93.
Purpose: Advises the Commission on the management of the various bilateral textile and clothing agreements established under the auspices of the Multi-Fibre Arrangement (MFA) and other arrangements.
Activities in 1997: The committee met 14 times in 1997. It considered and approved 26 Commission proposals covering quota level adjustments and extensions of validity of import licences. One Commission proposal to impose a quota restriction on imports of a certain type of silk fabric from China was rejected by blocking minority of Northern Liberals. The Commission declared its intention to submit the proposal to the Council but in the event did not do so.
Committee on Economic Outward Processing Arrangements for Textiles Council Regulation (EEC) No 3036/94 establishing economic outward processing arrangements applicable to certain textiles and clothing products reimported into the Community after working or processing in certain third countries IIIaDate set up: This committee was set up in 1994.
Purpose: advises the Commission on the management of the outward processing regime for textile and clothing products.
Activities in 1997: The committee has not met since 1996.
Generalised System Preference (GSP) Committee Council Regulation 3281/94IIIa Purpose: to examine any matter relating to the application of the GSP schemes. The committee met twice during 1997 to consider technical changes to the schemes resulting from changes to the Common customs tariff. The Commission also used the committees to express concerns regarding possible fraud on imports under GSP. They are unable to initiate proceedings to withdraw GSP in these instances unless a specific compliant is received. No complaint was forthcoming. The specific annual reports on use of the scheme generally and of the drugs regime which the committee are to assess were not produced by the Commission.
Committee for the Adaptation to Scientific and Technical Progress of Directive 94/62/EC on Packaging and Packaging Waste Article 21 of Directive 94/62/EC on Packaging and Packaging Waste IIIaThe Committee has two primary functions. The first is to deliver its opinion in respect of draft measures proposed by the Commission. The second is to discuss issues which have been raised by the Commission or by Member States. In 1997 the Committee met on five occasions. The Committee was called upon to discuss and vote on two proposed draft Commission Decisions, both of which were of general importance to the UK. These were a Commission Decision of 28 January 1997 establishing the identification system for packaging materials pursuant to EC Directive 94/62/EC, and Commission Decision of 3 February 1997 establishing the formats relating to the database system pursuant to EC Directive 94/62/EC. The Committee also began discussing a third Commission Decision relating to a derogation from the heavy metal concentration limits in plastic crates and pallets.
Committee on projects of common interest in the field of trans-European telecommunications networks Council Decision on trans- European telecommuni- cations (TEN- Telecom) networks of 17 June 1997 IIIaThe Committee is concerned with the General Guidelines for TEN-Telecom projects, and has common membership with the TENs Finance Committee. The two committees usually meet consecutively, since the former is responsible for ensuring projects conform with the Guidelines and the latter with the granting of financial aid to the projects of common interest. However, the Guidelines committee is responsible for financial support to the "support actions" for the programme. During 1997, on 12 November, the General Guidelines Committee held its first meeting at which it established its Rules of Procedure, agreed the work programme, and gave positive Opinions on two Calls for Proposals for projects of common interest to take place in 1998, and also on a rolling Call for Proposals also to open early in 1998.
Trans-European Networks (TENs)—Guidelines Committee—Finance Assistance Committee

Council Decision 1254/EC of 5 June 1996

Council Regulation No 2236/95 of 18 September 1995


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The concept of Trans-European Networks entails giving an official EU imprimatur to EU infrastructure projects in the transport, telecoms and energy sectors by identifying them as Projects of Common Interest. The energy sector covers gas and electricity interconnections and may lead to funding for feasibility studies or help in seeking funding from other sources or overcoming planning or administrative problems. To date a number of UK projects have appeared on the list. There are two comitology committees associated with energy TENs: the Guidelines Committee, established to identify projects of common interest among trans-European electricity and gas networks, and the Finance Assistance Committee, established to assist the Commission in decisions granting financial aid to the projects identified by the Guidelines committee. In 1997 the committees covered the following items of business:
—rules of procedure for the committee were finalised;
—information was exchanged on the progress of 74 energy network projects;
—a draft decision was approved on additions to the list of project of common interest,
—a draft recommendation on national authorisation procedures was discussed;
—financial assistance of 18 mecu was approved in respect 16 projects.
SYNERGY CommitteeCouncil Regulation No 701/97 of 14 April 1997 IIIaThe SYNERGY programme is concerned with the promotion of international cooperation in the energy sector. The programme aims to help non-member countries define, formulate and implement their energy policies. The objectives of the programme are: to promote sustainable development, notably by reducing emissions of greenhouse gases and of pollutants linked to energy consumption; to enhance security of supply; and to improve energy efficiency. Under the programme the European Commission can wholly or partly fund activities such as conferences, information dissemination, training, studies and support to energy centres.
The Committee meets twice a year. It was established to give an opinion on all draft measures and the allocation of SYNERGY programme funds against the eligibility criteria for the promotion of energy policy cooperation with non-members States. In 1997 the committee covered the following items of business:
—rules of procedure for the Committee were finalised;
—a 1997 action programme for future activities was approved;
—financial assistance of 6.84 mecu was agreed in respect of 41 projects;
—a draft call for tender was agreed.
Customs Code Committee: Origin section Council Regulation (EC) No 2913/92 establishing the Community Customs Code IIIaThere has been a committee on origin since 1968. This committee was set up in 1994, to examine any question concerning the application of the EC rules of origin. The committee met 16 times in 1997. It considered 13 Commission proposals covering various requests from countries for derogations from the rules of origin, amendments to the rules of origin, and amendments to the requirements for documentary proof of origin for certain textiles and clothing products. The committee approved 8 of the proposals and discussions are ongoing on the remainder. In addition, the committee considered practical problems and issues arising from the application of the rules of origin in all the various EC preferential trade arrangements. The committee also continues to work towards harmonising the EC's preferential rules of origin and as a result of the Uruguay Round of trade talks, the committee continues to formulate the EC position in the WCO/WTO negotiations to harmonise non-preferential rules of origin.
The Anti-subsidy Advisory CommitteeCouncil Regulation (EC) No 2026/97 of 6 October 1997 on protection against subsidised imports from countries not members of the European Community Variant of IIa; Variant of IIIaDate set up: There has been a committee in this field since 1968. This committee was set up in 1997. In practice, the committees set up under EC Regulations 384/96 and 2026/97 meet simultaneously - see below.
Purpose: Considers complaints about alleged subsidised imports. Variant of IIa procedure used for provisional measures; variant of IIIa for acceptance of undertakings or termination without measures.
Activities in 1997: The committee considered a number of Commission proposals arising from anti-subsidy investigations. For a complete review, see the Commission's 16th annual report to the European Parliament on its activities in this area in 1997.
The Anti-dumping Advisory CommitteeCouncil Regulation (EC) No 384/96 of 22 December 1995 on protection against dumped imports from countries not members of the European Community Variant of IIa; Variant of IIIaDate set up: There has been a committee in this field since 1968. This committee was set up in 1997. In practice, the committees set up under EC Regulations 384/96 and 2026/97 meet simultaneously - see above.
Purpose: Considers complaints about alleged dumped imports. Use of variants as with Anti-subsidy Committee.
Activities in 1997: The committee considered a number of Commission proposals arising from anti-dumping investigations. For a complete review, see the Commission's 16th annual report to the European Parliament on its activities in this area in 1997.
ONP (Open Network Provision) Committee ONP Framework Directive 90/387/EEC, as amended by Directive 97/51 to supervise the development of the ONP programme IIIa & IThe Committee is dual mode. It acts in regulatory mode:
—under Article 3(5) and 5(4) of the ONP Framework Directive, respectively: (a) to determine rules for uniform application of essential requirements in so far as these may cause Member States to limit access to public telecoms networks or services; and (b) to withdraw references to standards which do not correspond to the objective of open and efficient access, interconnection and interoperability;
—under Article 7 of the Leased Lines Directive (92/44/EC as amended by 97/51/EC) to adapt Annexes to technological development and changes in market demand;
—under Article 19 of the Interconnection Directive (97/33/EC), to adapt the Annexes to technological development and changes in demand;
—under Article 28 of the Revised Voice Telephony Directive (98/10/EC), to adapt the Annexes to technological development and changes in market demand.
During 1997, the Committee met six times in its Advisory mode. The Committee delivered an opinion on 27 April 1994 which amended Annex II of the Leased Lines Directive.
SME Management Committee for 1997-2000 Multi-Annual Programme ("Article IV Committee") 97/15/ECIIbThe Committees remit is to cover SME issues, particularly those arising from the SME Multi-Annual Programme. In 1997 it considered the following issues: the work/budget plans for the 3rd Multi-annual Programme for SMEs (1997-2000); craft/micro enterprises: preparations for the Milan Conference Cohesion and the Information Society; the Euro;
Cross Border transfers; results of the Round Table of Bankers and SMEs; concerted actions in the field of enterprise financing; external assessment of "seed capital" pilot action; late payment; electronic commerce; Commerce 2000; follow up on the Green paper on commerce; "Performance Indicators" sub-group (performance of DGXXIII and the Multi-annual Programme); Euromanagement/environment; Business Environment Simplification Task Force; Commission Recommendation on improving and simplifying the business environment for Business Start-ups; women entrepreneurs; feedback on Milan Conference, feedback on European and Industry Councils; guidelines for the co-operation networks.
Information Society CommitteeCouncil Decision of 30 March 1998 (OJ L107, 7.4.98) IIbA Management Committee set up in 1998 for the PROMISE Programme—a multiannual EU programme to stimulate the establishment of the Information Society in Europe. The Committee has powers to deliver opinions by majority on the adoption of the work programme; the breakdown of the budgetary expenditure; the criteria and content of calls for proposals; assessment of proposals for funding where the Community contribution equals or exceeds ECU 100,000; measures for programme evaluation; and third country participation in projects. The Committee has met once formally (and once informally) during 1998.
Management Committee for Community Initiatives Article 29a of Council Regulation 2082/93, amending the Structural Funds
Co-ordination Regulation
IIb & IIaThe Committee provides a forum for Member States to be consulted on Commission proposals in relation to management of the Structural Funds Community Initiative programmes. No meetings were held in 1997. However, past discussions have included financial allocations and adjustments to programmes, the administrative guidelines for initiative management, and the transnational aspects of the Community Initiatives.
Licensing CommitteeLicensing Directive (97/13/EC) IIb & IThe Committee acts as an advisory committee according to Article 16 of the Licensing Directive (concerning harmonisation procedures relating to communication services) and Article 6 of the Satellite Personal Communication Services (SPCS) Decision. It acts as a management-type committee (IIb mode) in the following cases:
—under Article 12(3) of the Licensing Directive, to decide to adopt a harmonised general authorisation (ie "class licence") for a particular type of telecoms service;
—under Article 13(1) of the Licensing Directive, to decide on the creation of EU-wide "one-stop-shopping" procedures for individual licences and/or general authorisations;
—under Article 3(3) of the SPCS Decision (710/97/EC), to decide whether to make applicable in the EC, decisions on harmonised frequency use and on conditions attached to general authorisations reached by CEPT (the European Conference of Posts and Telecommunications Administrations);
—under Article 3(4) of the SPCS Decision, to decide on measures to be taken if the work of CEPT mentioned above is not proceeding according to schedule;
—under Article 4(1) of the SPCS Decision, to decide on the creation of EU-wide "one-stop-shopping" procedures for individual licences and/or general authorisations.
The Committee has met three times to date. It has proposed a mandate for a one-stop-shopping procedure and has awarded mandates pursuant to the SPCS Decision extending the scope of the harmonisation of frequency bands across Europe. At the third meeting, the UK invoked Article 9 of the SPCS Decision in respect of a UK service provider which has encountered severe difficulties in gaining access to the US market.
ALTENER II CommitteeCouncil Decision of 18 May 1988 IIaA dual mode (Advisory and Management) Committee was set up in connection with ALTENER 1993-1998 —a programme to promote renewable energy in Europe. Proposals for support for about 25 projects were put to this Committee, and it was also used by the Commission to get opinions on its proposal for the replacement programme, ALTENER II. This programme commenced in May 1998 and has type IIa Management committee, which has not yet met.
Quota Administration CommitteeCouncil Regulation (EC) No 520/94 of 7 March 1994 establishing a Community procedure for administering quantitative quotas IIaDate set up: The committee was set up in 1994.
Purpose: To administer any quantitative restrictions imposed on imports into the Community of non-textile and clothing products.
Activities in 1997: The committee met and agreed a Community-wide system for the distribution of the quotas on imports of certain Chinese ceramic, footwear and toy products to traders for that year.
Committee for the double-checking system without quantitative limits in respect of the export of certain steel products covered by the EC and ECSC Treaties from Ukraine to the European Community Council Regulation (EC) No 1526/97 of 26 June 1997 on administering the double- checking system without quantitative limits in respect of the export of certain steel products covered by the EC and ECSC Treaties from Ukraine to the European Community IIaDate set up: The committee was set up in 1997.
Purpose: To administer the double-checking licensing regime on imports of certain steel products originating in Ukraine.
Activities in 1997: The committee did not meet in 1997.
Committee for the double-checking system without quantitative limits in respect of the export of certain steel products covered by the EC and ECSC Treaties from the Russian Federation to the European Community Council Regulation (EC) No 2135/97 of 24 July 1997 on administering the double- checking system without quantitative limits in respect of the export of certain steel products covered by the EC and ECSC Treaties from the Russian Federation to the European Community IIaDate set up: The committee was set up in 1997.
Purpose: To administer the double-checking licensing regime on imports of certain steel products originating in the Russian Federation.
Activities in 1997: The committee did not meet in 1997.
Committee on Standards and Technical Regulations Article 5 of Directive 98/34/EC (formerly Directive 83/189/EEC) IEstablished before 1987, the Committee expresses opinions on the Commission's report on the implementation and application of the procedures of Dir. 98/34, and proposals from the Commission aimed at eliminating existing or foreseeable barriers to trade. The Committee met on four occasions during 1997 (including one meeting in its enlarged form with representatives of the national standards bodies). Discussions included budgetary aspects of the management of Directive 83/189/EEC (now Directive 98/34/EC); some technical regulations notifications; a guide to Directive 83/189/EEC; favourable opinions on a number of standardisation mandates proposed by the Commission; consideration of 3 standards which member States did not consider met the essential requirements of a product Directive (including one raised by the UK); reports from the European standards institutions on progress of work related to standardisation mandates issued by the Commission; and implementation of Decision 3052/95/EC.
Machinery Standing CommitteeArticle 6.2 of Directive 98/37/EC (formerly Directive 89/392/ EEC) —also called up by Directive 89/686/EEC relating to Personal Protective Equipment IThe Committee's purpose is to consider any matter relating to the implementation and practical application of the two Directives, including the delivery of opinions on draft measures to be taken, which are submitted to the Committee by the Commission. The main activities of the Machinery Working Group of the Committee consisted of considering a wide range of matters relating to the interpretation and practical management of this Directive, and it met 3 times for this purpose in 1997. It met on a further 2 occasions as an informal working group to assist officials of the European Commission who are drafting a proposal to be put to the College of Commissioners for adoption as a formal Proposal to amend the Directive.
The Personal Protective Equipment Working Group of the Committee met three times in 1997 when members discussed the potential for amendments to this Directive to assist in its implementation and whether or not a consolidating Directive is now required. In addition, some specific problems concerning the application of the Directive to certain products, as well as potential overlap with other European legislation were considered. An informal steering group was set up to look at these issues in more detail and provide recommendations to the Working Group. It met 3 times in 1997.
ATEX Standing Committee (concerned with equipment and protective systems for use in explosive atmospheres) Article 6.3 of Directive 94/9/ECI Set up to assist the Commission in the implementation of the Directive, including the delivery of opinions on draft measures to be taken (submitted to the Committee by the Commission), and to examine any question relating to the application of equipment and protective systems intended for use in potential explosive atmospheres. This Committee met twice in 1997. Rules of procedures for the Committee were discussed together with linguistic divergences between the different language texts. A number of questions on the application of the Directive were considered as well as a review of progress towards adapting older "explosive atmosphere" Directives to technical progress. It was also agreed that a steering group be set up to support the European Commission in developing guidance notes on the Directive (meeting in 1998).
Recreational Craft Standing CommitteeArticle 6.3 of Directive 94/25/EC IThe Committee was established to assist the Commission, including the delivery of opinions on draft measures to be taken (submitted to the Committee by the Commission), and to examine any question concerning the application of the Recreational Craft Directive. It did not meet in 1997
Lifts Standing CommitteeArticle 6.3 of Directive 95/16/EC IThis Committee has yet to be set up, but it will assist the Commission, including the delivery of opinions on draft measures to be taken (submitted to the Committee by the Commission), and to examine any question concerning the application of the Lifts Directive. An informal working group met once in 1997 to consider matters relating to the implementation and interpretation of the Directive.
Pressure Equipment Standing CommitteeArticle 7.2 of Directive 97/23/EC IThe Committee has yet to be set up, but it will assist the Commission, including the delivery of opinions on draft measures submitted by the Commission —may include measures requested by a member State to change the classification of products —and examine any other matter relating to the implementation and application of the Pressure Equipment Directive. An informal working group met once in 1997 to consider matters relating to the administration and interpretation of the Directive. It also considered matters relating to the Simple Pressure Vessels Directive 87/404/EEC.
Trade Barriers CommitteeCouncil Regulation (EC) No 3286/94 of 22 December 1994 laying down Community procedures in the field of the common commercial policy in order to ensure the exercise of the Community's rights under international trade rules, in particular those established under the auspices of the World Trade Organisation IDate set up: This committee was set up in 1994.
Purpose: Provides a forum for consultations on the initiation of an examination of alleged obstacles to trade which may affect a Community industry or enterprises. It may be consulted on terminating an examination procedure where no action needs to be taken to protect Community interests; or on suspending action if a third country responsible for an alleged trade barrier takes satisfactory measures to remove the barrier. Uses Article 3(a) safeguard procedure.
Activities in 1997: The committee considered complaints about the Brazilian import regime for steel products, Argentina's exports of hides and skins, Brazilian imports of cognac, US anti-dumping action, Japanese imports of finished leather, US licensing of music works and piracy of sound recordings in Thailand. Of particular interest to the UK were the Brazilian import regime for steel products, which discriminated against UK (and EU steel exports) and US licensing of music works, which affected public performance fees for the playing of music in US restaurants.
Market Access CommitteeCouncil Regulation (EC) No 552/98 of 24 September 1998 on the implement- ation by the Commission of activities relating to the Community market access strategy. IDate set up: This committee was set up in 1998.
Purpose: Discusses initiatives to combat barriers to trade against EC exports.
Activities in 1997: Not applicable.
Advisory Committee on Common Rules for Imports Council Regulation (EC) No 3285/94 of 22 December 1994 on the common rules for imports and repealing Regulation (EC) No 518/94 IDate set up: The committee was set up in 1994.
Purpose: Provides a forum for consultations on possible surveillance or safeguard measures against imports (other than textiles and clothing) from all third countries except non-WTO (former state-trading) countries. Uses Article 3(b) safeguard procedure.
Activities in 1997: No safeguard actions were proposed in 1997 and the Committee was only consulted in conjunction with the Committee established under Council Regulation (EC) No 519/94 to renew the prior surveillance regime on certain steel products originating in third countries.
Advisory Committee on Common Rules for Imports from certain third countries Council Regulation (EC) No 519/94 of 7 March 1994 on common rules for imports from certain third countries and repealing Regulations (EC) Nos. 1765/82, 1766/82 and 3420/83 IDate set up: The committee was set up in 1994.
Purpose: provides a forum for consultations on possible surveillance or safeguard measures against imports (other than textiles and clothing) from non-WTO (former state-trading) countries. Uses Article 3(b) safeguard procedure.
Activities in 1997: No safeguard actions were proposed in 1997 and the committee was only consulted in conjunction with the committee established under Council Regulation (EC) No 3285/94 to renew the prior surveillance regime on certain steel products originating in third countries.
Advisory Committee of National Coordinators for Directives 89/48/EEC and 92/51/EEC on Mutual Recognition of Qualifications Directives 89/48/EEC ("First Diplomas Directive") and 92/51/EEC ("Second Diplomas Directive") IThe Committee was set up to facilitate the implementation of these Directives, and collect useful information on their application in the Member States. The Committee when first set up held five meetings a year, but this has been reduced to two or three in recent years. It has in the past year provided information for the compilation of lists of regulated professions in all Member States, and formulated a non-obligatory Best Practice Guide in respect of the administrative formalities of the recognition process. Requests from individual Member States to derogate from the provisions of the Directives, in respect of removing the choice of compensatory measures from the applicant to the Member State's authorities, are presented to and discussed in the Committee, but the final decision rests with the Commission.
Advisory Committee on the Development and Conservation of the Regions Article 27 of Council Regulation 2082/93, amending the Structural Funds Co-ordination Regulation IAn Advisory Committee established, together with the Management Committee for Community Initiatives (Structural Funds) (see above). The Committees consider draft Commission implementing Regulations, eg financial control of Structural Funds spending, and also draft regional Programmes for Structural Funds spending. The Advisory Committee met in 1997 to discuss a new Finance Regulation.
Committee for Adaptation to Technical Progress (CATP) set up under the Cosmetics Directive Article 9 of the Cosmetics DirectiveI The CATP set up under the Dangerous Substances Directive 67/584/EEC, is one of about five which exist in the area of dangerous substances and dangerous preparations, when they are adapted to technical progress through the Marketing and Use of Dangerous Substances and Preparations Directive (76/769/EEC). This particular CATP committee met 3 times in 1997, and dealt with proposed additions and deletions to the lists of cosmetic ingredients, colours, preservatives and UV filters, which are listed in the various annexes to the Directive.
Committee for Adaptation to Technical Progress (CATP) set up under the Aerosol Dispensers Directive Article 6 of the Aerosol Dispensers Directive IThis CATP committee did not meet in 1997.
Co-ordination group for the Community regime for the control of exports of dual use goods. Article 16 of Council Regulation (EC) No. 3381/94 of December 1994. IRegulation 3381/94 set up a Community regime for the control of exports of dual-use goods. The co-ordinating group meets three to four times a year to deal with practical and administrative problems arising from the operation of the Regulation. Its specific remit is to examine: any question concerning the application of the Regulation which may arise; and the measures which should be taken by Member States to inform exporters of their obligations under the Regulation. The group may also, as necessary, consult organisations representative of exporters concerned by the Regulation.
Committee on fees, implementing rules and the procedure of the boards of appeal of the Office for Harmonisation. Article 235 of Regulation 40/94I The Committee was set up to put into place the implementing regulations and schedule of fees for the day to day operation of OHIM (Office for Harmonisation of the Internal Market —formerly known as the Community Trade Marks Office). It did not meet in 1997.
SOGIS (Senior Officials Group on Information Security) Article 1 of 92/242/EECI Committee met twice in 1997 and concentrated on
—the mutual recognition of IT security evaluation certificates, which resulted in an agreement.
—European Trusted Service (ETS) involving the call for tenders for prospective projects and evaluation of existing projects.
—Commission communication COM(97)503 (Towards a European framework for digital signatures and encryption).
SOGITS (Senior Officials Group on Information Technology) Article 7 of 87/95/EECI The Committee met three times in 1997. Its purpose is to advise on mandates for standardisation and standardisation projects and monitor their progress, in respect of Information Communications (ICT) standardisation activities.



 
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