Select Committee on European Communities Second Report
In addition, the Sub-Committee hopes to be in a position to take
into account a Communication from the Commission, expected in
the autumn, on enforcement of Community law.
Within the overriding terms of reference, the Sub-Committee invites
evidence on the following matters:
(2) the transparency of the Community Institutions' decision-making
processes in the environmental field, including the handling of
scientific evidence and the use of appointed expert advisers;
the citizen's right of access to information on those processes;
and the role of NGOs and the public in policy making, decision
taking and enforcement of environmental legislation; and
(3) the practical implications, in the context of (1) and (2), of greater integration of environmental considerations with other Community policies.
Since one of the purposes of the enquiry will be to review progress
in areas previously reported on, the Sub-Committee invites witnesses
to relate their evidence, where relevant, to the following reports
of the Select Committee:
Fifth Environmental Action Programme: Integration of Community
Policies (October 1992) (8th Report, 1992-93, HL Paper 27);
European Environment Agency (February 1995) (5th Report, 1994-95, HL Paper 29).
Distribution of invitation
This invitation is being sent in the first instance to the organisations
listed in the Annex. Recipients are welcome to suggest others
who might be interested in submitting evidence.
To enable the Sub-Committee to begin work as soon as possible
after the completion of its current enquiry, submissions should
be sent to the Clerk not later than Friday 25 October 1996.
Meanwhile, it would be helpful if all recipients of this invitation
could let the Clerk know, not later than Monday 2 September
1996, whether or not they plan to submit evidence.
The address for submissions is:
Clerk to Sub-Committee C
European Communities Committee
House of Lords
London SW1A 0PW
Telephone 0171-219 3015
It would be appreciated if all written evidence of more than 300
words could be submitted with numbered paragraphs (using whatever
numbering system is most convenient).
24 July 1996
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