Documents considered by the Committee on 6 January 2016 - European Scrutiny Contents


Numbering of documents

Three separate numbering systems are used in this Report for European Union documents:

Numbers in brackets are the Committee's own reference numbers.

Numbers in the form "5467/05" are Council of Ministers reference numbers. This system is also used by UK Government Departments, by the House of Commons Vote Office and for proceedings in the House.

Numbers preceded by the letters COM or SEC or JOIN are Commission reference numbers.

Where only a Committee number is given, this usually indicates that no official text is available and the Government has submitted an "unnumbered Explanatory Memorandum" discussing what is likely to be included in the document or covering an unofficial text.

Abbreviations used in the headnotes and footnotes

AFSJ  Area of Freedom Security and Justice

CFSP  Common Foreign and Security Policy

CSDP  Common Security and Defence Policy

ECA  European Court of Auditors

ECB  European Central Bank

EEAS  European External Action Service

EM  Explanatory Memorandum (submitted by the Government to the Committee)*

EP  European Parliament

EU  Treaty on European Union

JHA  Justice and Home Affairs

OJ  Official Journal of the European Communities

QMV  Qualified majority voting

SEM  Supplementary Explanatory Memorandum

TEU  Treaty on European Union

TFEU  Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union


Where figures in euros have been converted to pounds sterling, this is normally at the market rate for the last working day of the previous month.

Further information

Documents recommended by the Committee for debate, together with the times of forthcoming debates (where known), are listed in the European Union Documents list, which is published in the House of Commons Vote Bundle each Monday, and is also available on the parliamentary website. Documents awaiting consideration by the Committee are listed in "Remaining Business": website also contains the Committee's Reports.

*Explanatory Memoranda (EMs) and letters issued by the Ministers can be downloaded from the Cabinet Office website:


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