Select Committee on European Union Progress of Scrutiny Tenth Report


SUB-COMMITTEE D

ENVIRONMENT AND AGRICULTURE

MEMBERSHIP: Chairman: Lord Renton of Mount Harry

Co-opted Members:

Lord Cameron of Dillington, Lord Christopher, Lord Haskins, Lord Lewis of Newnham, Lord Livsey of Talgarth, Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer, Earl Peel, Lord Plumb, Lord Sewel.

(For further information please contact the Clerk, Suzanne Todd, 020 7219 3015)

i.  Documents awaiting consideration by the sub-committee
*Unnumbered Council Decision regarding the placing on the market in accordance with Directive 2001/18/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council, of oilseed rape products (Brassica napus L., lines Ms8 Rf3 and Ms8xRf3) genetically modified for tolerance to the herbicide glufosinate-ammonium (Defra) [11.1.06]
(Sifted in Chairman's sift of 17 January 2006)
*12735/05 + Add 1 & 2[Supplementary EM] Thematic Strategy on Air Pollution - RIA (Defra)
(Sifted in Chairman's sift of 17 January 2006)
14335/05Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on Ambient Air Quality and Cleaner Air for Europe

Commission staff working paper - Annex to: the Communication on Thematic Strategy on Air Pollution and The Directive on "Ambient Air Quality and Cleaner Air for Europe" Impact Assessment (Defra)

(Sifted in Chairman's sift of 13 December 2005)
*14335/05[Supplementary EM] Proposal for a Directive on Ambient Air Quality and Cleaner Air for Europe; Commission staff working paper - Annex to: The Communication on Thematic Strategy on Air Pollution and The Directive on "Ambient Air Quality and Cleaner Air for Europe" Impact Assessment (Defra)
(Sifted in Chairman's sift of 17 January 2006)
*15552/05Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council relating to restrictions on the marketing and use of perfluorooctane sulfonates (amendment of Council Directive 76/769/EEC) (Defra)
(Sifted in Chairman's sift of 10 January 2006)
*15613/05Commission Communication on a 2006-8 Action Plan for simplifying and improving the Common Fisheries Policy (DEFRA)
(Sifted in Chairman's sift of 17 January 2006)

ii.  Awaiting the outcome of Correspondence with Ministers, or held under scrutiny
10665/02 Agrileg 147Communication from the Commission to the Council, the European Parliament and the Economic and Social Committee:- Towards a thematic strategy on the sustainable use of pesticides (Defra) (COM(02) 349)
(Sifted in Chairman's sift of 23 July 2002. Considered at meeting of 23 October, retained under scrutiny pending receipt of the supplementary memorandum)
12985/03 Env 477(+ Supplementary em [6.1.04] ) Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the protection of groundwater against pollution (Defra) (COM(03) 550)
(Sifted in Chairman's sift of 21 October 2003. Considered at meeting of 6 November, retained under scrutiny awaiting the supplementary em. Supplementary em sifted 13 January 2004. Considered at meetings of 25 February and 15 December and retained under scrutiny. Letters of 7 March and 31 May 2005 from Elliot Morley MP, Minister of State, Defra, includes update on the progress of the proposal including in the Environment Council Working group. Another letter sent 17 June; replies 20 June and 20 July informing of the outcome of the June Environmental Council)
12200/04 Env 456Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council introducing humane trapping standards for certain animal species (Defra) (COM(04) 532)
(Sifted in Chairman's sift of 2 November 2004. Letter of 20 December to Ben Bradshaw MP, Minister for Nature Conservation & Fisheries, Defra; reply 4 February 2005. Considered at meeting of 15 March and retained under scrutiny)
14181/04Proposal for a Council Regulation on electronic recording and reporting of fishing activities and on means of remote sensing (Defra) (COM(04) 724)
(Sifted in Chairman's sift of 7 December 2004. Letter of 26 January 2005 to Ben Bradshaw MP, Minister for Nature Conservation & Fisheries, Defra; reply 28 February. Considered at meeting of 23 March and retained under scrutiny)
14686/04Proposal for a Council Directive on the supervision and control of shipments of radioactive waste and spent fuel (Defra) (COM(04) 716)
(Sifted in Chairman's sift of 11 January 2005. Considered at meeting of 16 March and retained under scrutiny)
8142/05 + Add 1Proposal for a Council Regulation establishing Community financial measures for the implementation of the Common Fisheries Policy and in the area of the Law of the Sea, (COM(05) 117); and Add 1: Commission Staff Working Document - Annex, (SEC(05) 426) (Defra)
(Sifted in Chairman's sift of 7 June 2005. Considered at meeting of 29 June and retained under scrutiny. Letter of 9 November from Ben Bradshaw MP, Minister for Local Environment, Marine and Animal Welfare, Defra, providing information on the proposal)
8399/05Proposal for a Council Directive on the control of potato cyst nematodes (Defra) (COM(05) 151)
(Sifted in Chairman's sift of 14 June 2005. Considered at meeting of 6 July and retained under scrutiny)
8635/05 Proposal for a Council Decision concerning the placing on the market, in accordance with Directive 2001/18/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council, of a maize product (Zea mays L. line MON 863) genetically modified for resistance to corn rootworm (Defra) (COM(05) 163)
(Sifted in Chairman's sift of 24 May 2005. Letter of 9 June from Elliot Morley MP, Minister of State, Defra informing that the proposal is likely to come before the Environment Council in June. Another letter of 3 July from Elliot Morley MP. Letter of 6 July to Elliot Morley MP asking to be kept informed of proceedings during the final stages of the consent procedure in the Commission)
9606/05 + Add 1Proposal for a Council Directive laying down minimum rules for the protection of chickens kept for meat production, (COM(05) 221); and Add 1: Commission Staff Working Document - Annex with Impact Assessment, (SEC(05) 801) (Defra)
(Sifted in Chairman's sift of 19 July 2005. Considered at meeting of 19 October retained under scrutiny)
10785/05Proposal for a Council Decision concerning the placing on the market, in accordance with Directive 2001/18/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council, of a maize product (Zea mays L. line 1507) genetically modified for resistance to certain lepidopteran pests and for tolerance to the herbicide glufosinate-ammonium (Defra) (COM(05) 284)
(Sifted in Chairman's sift of 8 September 2005. Letter of 12 September from Elliot Morley MP, Minister of State, Defra informing that the proposal is likely to be on the agenda of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council in September as a B point. Letter of 13 October to Elliot Morley MP, Minister of State for Climate Change & Environment, Defra, retained under scrutiny)
11408/05Communication from the Commission - "TSE Roadmap" (DEFRA)
(Sifted in Chairman's sift of 6 December 2005. Held under scrutiny by Sub-Committee D at meeting of 14 December)
11834/05Proposal for a Council Decision concerning the provisional prohibition in Greece of the marketing of seeds of maize hybrids with the genetic modification MON 810 inscribed in the common catalogue of varieties of agricultural plant species, pursuant to Directive 2002/53/EC (Defra)
(Sifted in Chairman's sift of 11 October 2005. Letter of 20 October to Lord Bach, Parliamentary Under Secretary (Sustainable Farming and Food), Defra; reply 10 November)
11880/05 + Add 1Proposal for a Council Directive on animal health requirements for aquaculture animals and products thereof, and on the prevention and control of certain diseases in aquatic animals (SEC(2005)

Proposal for a Council Decision amending Decision 90/424/EEC on expenditure in the veterinary field (Defra)

(Sifted in Chairman's sift of 18 October 2005. Held under scrutiny at meeting of 9 November)
12735/05 (+ add 1 & 2)Communication from the Commission to the Council and to the European Parliament on the Thematic Strategy on air pollution;

Commission Staff Working Paper - Annex to the Communication from the Commission to the Council and the European Parliament "Thematic Strategy on Air Pollution";

Commission Staff Working Paper - Annex to the Communication on Thematic Strategy on Air Pollution and the Directive on "Ambient Air Quality and Cleaner Air for Europe" Impact Assessment (Defra)

(Sifted in Chairman's sift of 8 November 2005. Letter of 28 November to Ben Bradshaw MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Defra, held under scrutiny)
13759/05

 + Add 1

13700/05 + Add 1

Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a Framework for Community Action in the field of Marine Environment Policy (Marine Strategy Directive)

Commission staff working document: Annex to the Communication from the Commission to the Council and the European Parliament - Thematic Strategy on the Protection and Conservation of the Marine Environment and Proposal for a Council Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a Framework for Community Action in the field of Marine Environmental Policy (Marine Strategy Directive)

Commission Communication from the Commission to the Council and the European Parliament: Thematic Strategy on the Protection and Conservation of the Marine Environment

Commission staff working document: Annex to the Communication from the Commission to the Council and the European Parliament - Thematic Strategy on the Protection and Conservation of the Marine Environment and Proposal for a Council Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a Framework for Community Action in the field of Marine Environmental Policy (Marine Strategy Directive) (Defra)

(Sifted in Chairman's sift of 22 November 2005. 7 December held under scrutiny awaiting the forthcoming RIA)
13759/05

 + Add 1

13700/05 + Add 1

(Supplementary em ) Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a Framework for Community Action in the field of Marine Environment Policy (Marine Strategy Directive)

Commission staff working document: Annex to the Communication from the Commission to the Council and the European Parliament - Thematic Strategy on the Protection and Conservation of the Marine Environment and Proposal for a Council Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a Framework for Community Action in the field of Marine Environmental Policy (Marine Strategy Directive)

Commission Communication from the Commission to the Council and the European Parliament: Thematic Strategy on the Protection and Conservation of the Marine Environment

Commission staff working document: Annex to the Communication from the Commission to the Council and the European Parliament - Thematic Strategy on the Protection and Conservation of the Marine Environment and Proposal for a Council Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a Framework for Community Action in the field of Marine Environmental Policy (Marine Strategy Directive) (Defra)

(Sifted in Chairman's sift of 6 December 2005. 18 January 2006 held under scrutiny)
14425/05Proposal for a Council Decision concerning the placing on the market, in accordance with Directive 2001/18/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council, of a maize product (Zea mays L., hybrid MON 863 x MON 810 genetically modified for resistance to corn rootworm and certain lepidopteran pests of maize (Defra)
(Sifted in Chairman's sift of 29 November 2005. Letter of 1 December to Elliot Morley MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Defra, held under scrutiny)

iii  Documents under scrutiny

In connection with the Sub-Committee's Scrutiny of the Nuclear Package
12386/04 Part 1Amended proposal for a Council Directive (Euratom) laying down basic obligations and general principles on the safety of nuclear installations (DTI) (COM(04) 526)
(Sifted in Chairman's sift of 19 October 2004. Considered at meeting of 9 March 2005 and retained under scrutiny)
12386/04 Part 2Amended proposal for a Council Directive (Euratom) on the safe management of spent nuclear fuel and radioactive waste (Defra) (COM(04) 526)
(Sifted in Chairman's sift of 26 October 2004. Considered at meeting of 9 March 2005 and retained under scrutiny)
14074/04Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council Report on the use of financial resources earmarked for the decommissioning of nuclear power plants (DTI) (COM(04) 719)
(Sifted in Chairman's sift of 30 November 2004. Considered at meeting of 9 March 2005 and retained under scrutiny)

In connection with the Sub-Committee's inquiry into The Reform of the Sugar Regime
11491/04 Agri 193Communication from the Commission to the Council and the European Parliament accomplishing a sustainable agricultural model for Europe through the reformed CAP - sugar sector reform (Defra) (COM(04) 499)
(Sifted in Chairman's sift of 12 October 2004. Considered at meeting of 27 October and retained under scrutiny)
10514/05 + Add 1 Agrifin 45(i) Proposal for a Council Regulation on the common organisation of the markets in the sugar sector; (ii) Proposal for a Council Regulation amending Regulation (EC) No.1782/2003 establishing common rules for direct support schemes under the common agricultural policy and establishing certain support schemes for farmers; and (iii) Proposal for a Council Regulation establishing a temporary scheme for restructuring of the sugar industry in the European Community and amending Regulation (EC) No.1258/1999 on the financing of the common agricultural policy, (COM(05) 263); and Add 1: Commission Staff Working Document - Reforming the European Union's sugar policy - update of impact assessment, (SEC(05) 808) (Defra)
(Sifted in Chairman's sift of 12 July 2005. Considered at meeting of 12 October and retained under scrutiny. Letters of 10 November to Lord Bach, Minister for Sustainable Farming and Food, Defra and Gareth Thomas MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Department for International Development; reply 22 November (Defra) and reply 23 November (DFID). Letter of 9 December from Lord Bach, Minister for Sustainable Farming and Food, Defra)
10598/05 + Add 1Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing accompanying measures for Sugar Protocol countries affected by the reform of the EU sugar regime (DFID)
(Sifted in Chairman's sift of 18 October 2005. Considered at meeting of 12 October and held under scrutiny. Letters of 10 November to Lord Bach, Minister for Sustainable Farming and Food, Defra and Gareth Thomas MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Department for International Development; reply 22 November (Defra) and reply 23 November (DFID). Letter of 1 December to Gareth Thomas MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Department for International Development. Letter of 9 December from Lord Bach, Minister for Sustainable Farming and Food, Defra)




 
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