Select Committee on European Union Progress of Scrutiny Sixth Report


SUB-COMMITTEE D

AGRICULTURE AND ENVIRONMENT

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
*10493/05Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the protection of groundwater against pollution (DEFRA)
(Sifted in Chairman's sift of 25 October 2005)
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)
*12921/05Special Report No. 3/2005 concerning rural development - The Verification of Agri-Environment expenditure (DEFRA)
(Sifted in Chairman's sift of 1 November 2005)

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)
15409/03 + Adds 1-5 (COM(03) 644) + Add 6 (SEC(03) 1171) (+ Supplementary em [17.4.04] ) (i) Proposal for a Regulation concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH), establishing a European Chemicals Agency and amending Directive 1999/45/EC and Regulation (EC) {on Persistent Pollutants}; and (ii) Proposal for a Directive amending Council Directive 67/548/EEC in order to adapt it to Regulation (EC) of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the registration, evaluation, authorisation and restriction of chemicals; and Adds 1-6 (Add 6: Extended Impact Assessment). (Defra)
(Sifted in Chairman's sift of 6 January 2004. Considered at meeting of 4 February and retained under scrutiny. Supplementary em containing UK Consultation Paper sifted 27 April. Considered at meeting of 15 December and retained under scrutiny. Letter of 25 September from Lord Bach, Minister for Sustainable Farming and Food, DEFRA)
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)
13071/04 + Add 1 Env 528Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the Financial Instrument for the Environment (LIFE+), (COM(04) 621); and Add 1: Commission staff working paper - Ex-ante Evaluation, (SEC(04) 1176). (Defra)
(Sifted in Chairman's sift of 26 October 2004. Letter of 2 December to Lord Whitty, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Defra)
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)
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)
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, retained under scrutiny)

iii  Documents under scrutiny

In connection with the Sub-Committee's Scrutiny of the Nuclear Package
8990/03 Part 1. Ener 132 Proposal for a Council Directive (Euratom) setting out basic obligations and general principles on the safety of nuclear installations. (DTI) (COM(03) 32)
(Sifted in Chairman's sift of 1 July 2003. Letter of 18 September to Stephen Timms MP, Minister of State for Energy, e-Commerce & Postal Services, DTI; awaiting Regulatory Impact Assessment, reply 30 October. Considered at meeting of 12 November and retained under scrutiny)
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)
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)




 
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