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Weekly Information Bulletin: 4th April 2009

European Communities Documents to be considered

EU documents recommended for debate by the European Scrutiny Committee

Progress of documents to be considered by the House is noted in the "European Union Documents" list, in the Vote Bundle, and on the parliament website at:

Members and others with access to the Parliamentary Information Management Services (PIMS) database can check the status and progress of EU documentation.

Enquiries can be directed to the European Scrutiny Select Committee office on 020 7219 5467/1548.

The European Scrutiny Select Committee meets each Wednesday at 2.30pm when the House is sitting. Under Standing Order No. 143, the Committee examines: "any proposal under the Community Treaties for legislation by the Council acting jointly with the European parliament". This includes draft Regulations and Directives, Decisions of the Council and Budgetary documents. The Committee examine the documents for political and legal implications, and decides whether it should be considered further in European Standing Committee, or for the most important documents, on the floor of the House. Recommendations for further consideration are noted in the list of "Memoranda" in the days Votes and Proceedings.

Reports of the European Scrutiny Committee are available from TSO or on the parliament website at:

For further information on EU Legislation and Scrutiny Procedures see HCIO Factsheet L11 produced by the

House of Commons Information Office, available in hardcopy on request or to download from the Parliament website.

COM documents are available for consultation in the 44 European Documentation Centres (most of which are in university libraries) or the 22 European Information Centres.

SEC documents are not normally available for public consultation. The occasional important one on policy issues may be available in the above centres. For information about your nearest ED or EIC Tel: 020 7973 1992 (London Office of the European Commission) or Tel: 01482 465941, (ED Librarian, University of Hull).

Members of Parliament may obtain copies from the Vote Office by reference to the yellow demand form, quoting the number after the COM or SEC number.

COM Documents and EC legislation are available from The Stationery Office. Contact details are shown on the back cover of this Bulletin.

European Union Website:

European Standing Committee A

Climate Change Agreement (5892/09 and Addenda 1 to 3 14473/08) - to be considered 12.5.2009

Compliance with Common Fisheries Policy (15869/08 and 15694/08 and Addenda 1 and 2) - awaiting consideration

Minimum Stock of Crude Oil and/or Petroleum Products (15910/08 and Addenda 1 and 2) - awaiting consideration

Maritime Transport (5779/09 and 5775/09) - to be considered 11.5.2009

European Standing Committee B

European Security and Defence Policy (16686/08 and 17104/08) - considered 30.3.2009

EU and the Arctic Region (Com (08) 763) - to be considered 21.4.2009

External Service (5289/09) - awaiting consideration

The Eastern Partnership (16940/08 and 16941/08 and Addenda 1 and 2) - to be considered 27.4.2009

Free Movement of EU workers (16162/09) - awaiting consideration

Economic Recovery (7084/09 and Addendum 1) - awaiting consideration

European Standing Committee C


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