Select Committee on European Union Fortieth Report


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 2005[91] 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

91   Correspondence with Ministers, 45th Report of Session 2005-06, HL Paper 243, pp 349-350. Back

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