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.
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 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.
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”: . The website also contains the Committee’s Reports.
The staff of the Committee are Eve Samson (Clerk), David Griffiths, Terry Byrne, Leigh Gibson, Sibel Taner, Alistair Dillon, Peter Cost (Clerk Advisers), Arnold Ridout (Legal Adviser) (Counsel for European Legislation), Joanne Dee (Assistant Legal Adviser) (Assistant Counsel for European Legislation), Mike Winter (Second Clerk), Julie Evans (Senior Committee Assistant), Jane Bliss, Beatrice Woods and Rob Dinsdale (Committee Assistants), Paula Saunderson and Ravi Abhayaratne (Office Support Assistants).
All correspondence should be addressed to the Clerk of the European Scrutiny Committee, House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA. The telephone number for general enquiries is (020) 7219 3292/5465. The Committee’s email address is
21 November 2016