Select Committee on European Union Fortieth Report


Letter from Rt Hon Geoff Hoon MP, Minister for Europe, Foreign and Commonwealth Office to the Chairman

  I am writing in response to your letter of 10 July 2006[154] concerning the Interinstitutional Agreement (IIA) on the operating framework for the European Regulatory Agencies and the use of Article 308.

  I apologise for the delay in replying to your letter of 13 October 2005.[155] In your letter, you requested a copy of any revised IIA text and further clarification of the Government's position on the use of Article 308.

  Since Douglas Alexander's letter of 19 July 2005, no progress has been made on the Commission's proposal and the IIA text has not been revised. We will keep the Committee informed of any future developments.

  With regards to the debate on the use of Articles 95 of 308 of the EC Treaty, the Government is currently considering its position in light of the judgment of the European Court of Justice in the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA) case (C217/04). We will update the Committee when this process is finalised.

25 July 2006

154   Note from Clerk of Sub-Committee. Back

155   Correspondence with Ministers, 45th Report of Session 2005-06, HL Paper 243, pp 417-418. Back

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