INFRASTRUCTURE FOR SPATIAL INFORMATION
IN THE COMMUNITY (INSPIRE) (11781/04)
Letter from Ian Pearson MP, Minister of
State for Climate Change and Environment, Department for Environment,
Food and Rural Affairs to the Chairman
Further to Elliot Morley's letter of 6 September
regarding the above-mentioned dossier, I am writing to inform
your Committee of the current position on this dossier.
The European Parliament has completed its second
reading, making a number of amendments to the Council Common Position.
Given the difference in positions between the European Parliament
and the Council, INSPIRE will now go to conciliation, where they
will aim to reach agreement. It is expected that conciliation
will commence at the beginning of September and will last for
up to eight weeks. Whilst the UK supports the Council Common Position,
believing it to be practical and proportionate, it will be expected
to compromise. However, at this stage it is not possible to be
more specific regarding the outcome of conciliation.
5 July 2006
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