Energy, Industry, Transport and
102. In the coming Session, Sub-Committee B will
examine the Commission's legislative and work programme for 2004
and consider which, if any, issues require more detailed examination.
The Commission is introducing draft legislation aimed at achieving
a single market in services-from architecture to accountancy and
jobs from hotel manager to boiler-fitter, which account for 70%
of the EU Economy. Sub-Committee B will examine these proposals.
The Commission has already indicated that it will review the
growth and competitive performance of the EU in the light of the
targets set at the Lisbon European Council Meeting in 2000. Sub-Committee
B is likely to look into this review as it affects single market
103. The Sub-Committee will continue to monitor all
aspects of Energy, Industry and Transport under the internal market
and to follow-up earlier inquiries. For example, the European
Single Sky proposals come into effect. Sub-Committee B reported
on these in the 9th Report Session 2001-02, Reducing Air Traffic
Delays: Civil and Military Management of Air Space in Europe.
104. The Sub-Committee will wish to continue to monitor
the EU/US negotiations on an Open Aviation Area and the two mandates
granted to the Commission and which form the subject of the Committee's
Report "Open Skies" or Open Markets? The effect of the
European Court of Justice Judgments on Aviation Relations between
the European Union and the United States of America.
105. The Sub-Committee will also wish to revisit
the matter of the security of energy supplies in Europe. This,
too, will be a follow-up to the Report which the Sub-Committee
produced in Session 2001-02.
106. The Italian Presidency introduced a new initiative
on Trans-European Networks with the object of increasing the Commission's
ability to part-fund from 10% of contract to 30%. The Sub-Committee
may look at these proposals and may consider what progress, if
any, has been made in the liberalisation of rail freight.
107. Finally, the Sub-Committee will wish to return
to the issue of the Commission's plans to allocate slots at Community
Agriculture and Environment
108. With a change of Chairman of Sub-Committee D
pending, no view has yet been taken on possible topics for inquiries
in the forthcoming 2003-04 Session. A number of important dossiers
(e.g. on revision of the CAP regime for tobacco, olive oil, cotton
and sugar) are awaiting scrutiny and may give rise to inquiries.
109. Sub-Committee E is also likely to scrutinise
anticipated EU proposals in the field of criminal procedure as
well as proposals on a range of civil law matters. In January,
the Sub-Committee will undertake an inquiry into the proposed
Regulation on the law applicable to non-contractual obligations
(known as "Rome II"). This aims to standardise Member
States' rules of conflict of laws regarding non-contractual obligations.
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