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PART II: DOCUMENTS WHICH HAVE CLEARED SCRUTINY IN THE HOUSE OF LORDS

i.  Documents cleared from scrutiny by the Chairman of the Committee on 24 February and 3 March 2009.

Documents deposited under Titles V or VI of the Treaty on European Union (the Inter-governmental Pillars) are marked (P).

NOTE: Documents cleared as un-numbered documents, on the basis of the Government explanatory memorandum alone, are included in this list. After the document has been deposited in Parliament they are shown in this list with an asterisk (*) with a note indicating when they were cleared.

Cleared in Chairman's sift of 24 February 2009:
COM (08) 844Report from the Commission on the working of Committees during 2007 (FCO)
10679/08 SEC (08) 2023Proposal for a Council Decision on the conclusion of negotiations with the United States of America on the necessary compensatory adjustments resulting from the US intended withdrawal of specific commitments on gambling and betting services pursuant of Article XXI of the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) (BERR)
16446/08 COM (08) 791Communication from the Commission: Roadmap for Maritime Spatial Planning: Achieving Common Principles in the EU (Defra)
16902/08 COM (08) 796Proposal for a Council Regulation laying down the trade arrangements applicable to certain goods resulting from the processing of agricultural products (Defra)
17248/08Document concerning Special Report No. 8/2008 - 'Is cross compliance an effective policy' (Defra)
17592/08 + ADD1 COM (08) 866 Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council and the Court of Auditors. Towards a common understanding of the concept of tolerable risk of error; Commission staff working document (HMT)
5119/09 COM (08) 901Proposal for a Council Regulation imposing a definitive anti-dumping duty on imports of certain iron or steel fasteners originating in the People's Republic of China (BERR)
5122/09Recommendation from the Commission to the Council authorising the Commission to open negotiations with a view to modifying the import regime for husked rice (Defra)
5249/09 COM (08) 873Proposal for a Council Directive laying down the principles governing the organisation of veterinary checks on animals entering the Community from third countries (Defra)
5254/09 COM(08) 889Amended Proposal for a Council Regulation on introducing exceptional trade measures for countries and territories participating in or linked to the EU's Stabilisation and Association Process
5318/09 COM (08) 880Report from the Commission on the Council, the European Parliament and the European Economic and Social Committee 2007 Annual report on PHARE, Turkey pre-accession, CARDS and transition facility (DIFD)
5331/09 COM (08) 903Decommissioning of nuclear installations and management of radioactive waste: Management of nuclear liabilities arising out of the activities of the Joint Research Centre (JRC) carried out under the EURATOM Treaty (DIUS)
5346/09 COM (09) 1Opinion of the European Central Bank of 6 January 2009 on a proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the cross-border payments in the Community (HMT)
5538/09 COM (09) 6Annual report on implementation of the European Fisheries Fund (Defra)
5570/09Special Report No 11/2008 - The management of the European Union support for the public storage operations of cereals together with the Commission's replies (Defra)
5620/09 + ADD 1 COM (09) 5 Report from the Commission to the Council, the European Parliament, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions on the implementation of the Trans-European Transport Network guidelines 2004-2005 (pursuant to Article 18 of Decision 1692/96/EC); Commission staff working document (DfT)
5652/09 COM (09) 24Proposal for Council Regulation amending Regulation (EC) No. 1210/2003 concerning specific restrictions on economic and financial relations with Iraq (FCO)
5778/09 COM (09) 23

5776/09 COM (09) 22

6027/09 COM (09) 32

Proposal from the Commission for a Decision of the European Parliament and of the Council on the mobilisation of the EU Solidarity Fund, dated 26 January 2009;

Preliminary Draft Amending Budget No. 1 to the general budget for 2009, dated 27 January 2009;

Preliminary Draft Amending Budget No. 2 to the general budget for 2009, dated 2 February 2009

5791/09 + ADD 1 COM (09) 15

5982/09 + ADD 1-14 COM (09) 16

6010/09 COM (09) 17

Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions - Third strategic review of Better Regulation in the European Union;

Commission working document: Reducing Administrative Burdens in the European Union Annex to the 3rd Strategic Review on Better Regulation; Commission staff working documents;

Third progress report on the strategy for simplifying the regulatory environment (BERR)

5851/09 COM (09) 19Proposal for a Council Decision on the position of the Community within the EU-Tunisia Association Council in order to amend Decision No. 1/99 of the EU-Tunisia Association on the implementation of the provisions on processed agricultural products laid down in Article 10 of the Euro-Mediterranean Agreement establishing an association between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of Tunisia, of the other part (Defra)
5860/09 COM (09) 18Proposal for a Council Decision on the signing and conclusion of the Agreement in the form of an exchange of letters between the European Community and the Arab Republic of Egypt concerning reciprocal liberalisation measures on agricultural, processed agricultural products and fish and fishery products and the replacement of Protocols 1 and 2 and of the Annex to Protocol 1 and the Annex to Protocol 2 and modifications to the Euro-Mediterranean Agreement establishing an association between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and the Arab Republic of Egypt, of the other part (Defra)
6068/09 COM (09) 26Communication from the European Commission developing a Common Aviation Area with Georgia (DfT)


Cleared in Chairman's sift of 3 March 2009:
UnnumberedCouncil Decision concerning the conclusion of the Agreement between the EU and Libya on the status of EU-led forces transiting through or above the territory of Libya
16311/08 + ADD 1, 2 COM (08) 777 25th Annual Report from the Commission on monitoring the application of Community law (2007) (FCO)
5394/09 Commission opinion on the recommendation of the European Central Bank (ECB) for a Council Regulation amending Council Regulation (EC) 2533/98 of 23 November 1998 concerning the collection of statistical information by the ECB (ONS)
5780/09 COM (09) 13Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council: Annual Report to the Council and the European Parliament on the activities of the EURODAC Central Unit in 2007 (Home Office)
5984/09 COM (09) 9Communication from the Commission to the Council and the European Parliament - Monitoring the CO2 emissions from cars in the EU: Data for the years 2005, 2006 and 2007 (DfT)
6006/09 COM (09) 36Commission Communication to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions - Investing today for tomorrow's Europe (HM Treasury)
6095/09 + ADD 1, 2 COM (08) 31 Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on textile names and related labelling of textile products; Commission staff working documents (BERR)
6136/09 SEC (09) 134 Commission staff working paper - Internal Market Scoreboard - No 18 (BERR)
6220/09 COM (09) 42Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council and the Court of Auditors: Report on the implementation of the action plan to strengthen the Commission's supervisory role under shared management of structural actions (BERR)
6322/09 COM (09) 46Proposal for a Council Decision establishing the position to be adopted on behalf of the Community within the Food Aid Committee as regards the extension of the food Aid Convention, 1999 Delegations (DfID)
6475/09 + ADD 1 COM (09) 58 Communication from the Commission to the Council, the European Parliament, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions - Proposal for the Joint Report on Social Protection and Social Inclusion 2009 (DWP)


II.  DOCUMENTS CONSIDERED AND CLEARED BY THE SELECT COMMITTEE OR ONE OR MORE SUB-COMMITTEES. THE SUB-COMMITTEE TO WHICH THE DOCUMENT WAS REFERRED IS GIVEN IN BRACKETS.
†UnnumberedRevised Proposal for a Council Decision concerning the signing, on behalf of the European Community, of Council of Europe Convention No 198 on laundering, search, seizure and confiscation of the proceeds from crime and on the financing of terrorism (Home Office) [17.12.08] (E)
Sifted 13 January 2009 Letter to the Government 29 Jan 09, 26 Feb 09 - Cleared from Scrutiny - Admiral the Lord West of Spithead GCB DSC, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State; Letter to the Chairman 19 Feb 09
†12467/05 COM (05) 426 Proposal for a Council Decision concerning the signing on behalf of the European Community, of the Council of Europe Convention No 198 on laundering, search, seizure and confiscation of the proceeds from crime and on the financing of terrorism (Home Office) (E)
Sifted 25 October 2005

Letters to the Government 10 Nov, 19 Jan 06, 2 Mar 06, 29 Jan 09, 26 Feb 09 - Cleared from Scrutiny - Admiral the Lord West of Spithead GCB DSC, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State;

Letters to the Chairman 15 Dec, 9 Feb 06, 19 Feb 09

†15432/05 DROIPEN 61 Proposal for a Council Framework Decision on certain procedural rights during criminal proceedings throughout the European Union. (formally Home Office) now (OCJR) (E)
Sifted 28 February 2006

Letters to the Government 23 Mar, 18 May 06, 26 Feb 09 - Cleared from Scrutiny - content not to have a Government response to the Report - Rt Hon Jack Straw MP, Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice;

Letters to the Chairman 25 Apr, 14 Jul 06, 5 Feb 09 - apology for no Government response to report;

Report published 16 Jan 07: "Breaking the deadlock: what future for EU procedural rights?" (2nd Report, session 2006-07, HL Paper 20)

For scrutiny of previous text see document 10880/05 Droipen 34.

Expect to receive new Explanatory Memorandum when fresh proposal is made

†13116/06 DROIPEN 60 Proposal for a Council Framework on certain procedural rights in criminal proceedings throughout the European Union (Office of Criminal Justice Reform) (E)
Sifted 31 October 2006

Report published 16 Jan 07: "Breaking the deadlock: what future for EU procedural rights?" (2nd Report, session 2006-07, HL Paper 20)

Letter to the Chairman 5 Feb 09 - apology for no Government response to report; Letter to the Government 26 Feb 09 - Cleared from Scrutiny - content not to have a Government response to the Report - Rt Hon Jack Straw MP, Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice

Expect to receive new Explanatory Memorandum when fresh proposal is made

†5907/06 5907/06 SEM COM (05) 593 Proposal for a Directive on the civil liability and financial securities of ship owners (presented by the Commission) SUPPLEMENTARY EXPLANATORY MEMORANDUM Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and the Council on the civil liability and financial guarantees of ship owners (DfT) (E)
Sifted 28 February 2006

Letter to the Government 23 Mar 06

SEM Sifted 23 October 07 Letters to the Government 15 Nov 07, 6 Dec 07, 9 Oct 08, 24 Nov 08 - Scrutiny override noted, 12 Feb 09 - Jim Fitzpatrick MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State

Letters to the Chairman 10 Jul 08, 1 Oct 08, 28 Oct 08, 21 Jan 09

†5413/07 + ADD 1, 2 COM (07) 5 A report from the Commission to the Council and the European Parliament concerning the 2015 recovery target contained in Article 7(2)(b) of Directive 2000/53/EC on end-of-life vehicles. (DTI, now BERR) (B)
Sifted 20 February 2007 Letters to the Government 28 Feb 07, 13 Nov 07, 5 Feb 08, 1 Apr 08, 21 Oct 08 - Ian Pearson MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State; Letters to the Chairman 28 Jan 08, 10 Mar 08, 17 Jul 08, 18 Nov 08

Considered at meeting 2 Mar 09 - Cleared from scrutiny

†7349/07 8200/07 8545/07 DROIPEN 19, 31, 35 Proposal for a Council Framework Decision on certain procedural rights in criminal proceedings throughout the European Union [new version]; Council of Europe Secretariat's Observations on the Framework Decision; Proposed Resolution by Member States meeting within the Council of the European Union on practical action to promote fairness in criminal proceedings [new version] (Office for Criminal Justice Reform) (E)
Sifted 16 May 2007 Letters to Government 24 May 07, 12 Jul 07, 16 Oct 07, 26 Feb 09 - Cleared from Scrutiny - Rt Hon Jack Straw MP, Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice; Letters to the Chairman 27 Jun 07, 30 Jul 07, 5 Feb 09

Expect to receive a fresh Explanatory Memorandum if a new proposal is made

†10515/07 COM (07) 298 Proposal for a Council Directive to amend Directive 2003/109/EC to extend its scope to beneficiaries of international protection (Home Office) (F)
Sifted 17 July 2007 Letters to the Government 26 Jul 07, 24 Jun 08, 16 Jul 08, 26 Feb 09 - Cleared from scrutiny - Phil Woolas MP; Letters to the Chairman 30 May 08, 2 Jun 08 (a copy of the letter dated 30 May 08), 7 Jul 08, 26 Nov 08

Request to be informed if there is any prospect of proposal being agreed during this or the next Presidency

†14486/07 COM (07) 674 Amended proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the civil liability and financial guarantees of ship owners (DfT) (E)
Sifted 27 November 2007 Letters to the Government 6 Dec 07, 24 Nov 08 - Scrutiny override noted, 12 Feb 09 - Jim Fitzpatrick MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State

Letters to the Chairman 10 Jul 08, 28 Oct 08, 21 Jan 09

†15802/07 COM (07) 745 Report from the Commission to the Council and to the European Parliament on the application of Directive 2003/9/EC of 27 January 2003 laying down minimum standards for the Reception of Asylum Seekers (Home Office) (F)
Sifted 18 December 2007 Letter to the Government 10 Jan 08 - Cleared from Scrutiny - Meg Hillier MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State

Superseded by 16913/08

†COM (08) 763Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council on the European Union and the Arctic Region (FCO) (C)
Sifted 13 January 2009 Letters to the Government 23 Jan 09, 2 Mar 09 - Rt Hon Caroline Flint MP, Minister for Europe Letter to the Chairman 9 Feb 09 Considered at meeting on 26 Feb 09 - Cleared from Scrutiny Request to be kept informed of developments
†11108/08 COM (08) 380 Proposal for a Decision of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Council Decision 2001/470/EC establishing a European Judicial Network in Civil and Commercial matters (MoJ) (E)
Sifted 29 August 2008 Letter to the Government 16 Oct 08, 24 Nov 08 - Cleared from Scrutiny, 26 Feb 09 - Lord Bach, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State; Letter to the Chairman 31 Oct 08, 8 Feb 09
†15256/08 + ADD 1 COM (08) 712 Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions on the Commission Legislative and Work Programme 2009: Acting now for a better Europe - Volumes 1-2 (FCO) (Select)
Sifted 9 December 2008 Considered at meeting 3 Mar 09 - Cleared from Scrutiny
*15610/08Council Decision concerning the conclusion of the Agreement on security procedures for exchanging classified information between the European Union and Israel (FCO) (C)
Sifted 3 March 2009 Considered at meeting 5 Mar 09 - Cleared from Scrutiny
†15779/1/08 COM (08) 786 Proposal for a Council Regulation amending the Conditions of Employment of Other Servants of the European Communities (FCO) (E)
Sifted 25 November 2008 Letter to the Government 11 Dec 08 - Cleared from Scrutiny, 5 Mar 09 - Rt Hon Caroline Flint MP, Minister for Europe; Letter to the Chairman 13 Jan 09
†15950/08 COM (08) 711 Proposal for a Council Decision establishing the position to be adopted on behalf of the European Community with regard to proposals for amendments to the International Convention on the Regulation of Whaling and its Schedule (DEFRA) (D)
Sifted 11 February 2009 Letter to the Government 26 Feb 09 - Cleared from Scrutiny -- Huw Irranca-Davies MP, Minister for the Natural and Marine Environment, Wildlife and Rural Affairs
†16162/08Commission Communication on the impact of free movement of Workers in the context of EU enlargement: Report on the first phase of the transitional arrangements set out in the 2005 Accession Treaty and as requested according to the transitional arrangement set out in the 2003 Accession Treaty (Home Office) (F)
Sifted 3 February 2009 Letter to the Government 26 Feb 09 - Cleared from Scrutiny - Phil Woolas MP, Minister of State for borders and immigration
†16433/08Draft Agreement between the European Union and Iceland and Norway on the application of certain provisions of Council Decision 2008/615/JHA on the stepping up of cross-border cooperation, particularly in combating terrorism and cross-border crime; Council Decision 2008/616/JHA on the implementation of Decision 2008/615/JHA on the stepping up of cross-border cooperation, particularly in combating terrorism and cross-border crime; Annex thereto Outcome of negotiations Draft Council Decision on the signing of the Agreement (Home Office) (F)
Sifted 3 February 2009 Letter to the Government 26 Feb 09 - Cleared from Scrutiny - Meg Hillier MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of state
†16457/08 Proposal for a Council Framework Decision on the use of Passenger Name Records (PNR) for law enforcement purposes - Report on thematic work carried out from July to November 2008 (Home Office) (F)
Sifted 13 January 2009 Letter to the Government 29 Jan 09 - Meg Hillier MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State; Letter to the Chairman 17 Feb 09; Considered at meeting 4 Mar 09 - Cleared from Scrutiny
†17022/08 COM (08) 838Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EC) No 1080/2006 on the European Regional Development Fund as regards the eligibility of energy efficiency and renewable investments in housing (BERR) (A)
Sifted 13 January 2009 Letter to the Government 21 Jan 09 - Cleared from scrutiny - Pat McFadden MP, Minister for Employment and Postal Affairs Letter to the Chairman 31 Jan 09
†17476/08 + ADD 1-48 COM (08) 863

5112/09 + ADD 1-48 COM (08) 861

Proposal for a Council decision on the signature and provisional application of the agreement establishing a framework for an Economic Partnership Agreement between the European Community and its Member States, on one part, and the States of East and Southern Africa (ESA), on the other part; Proposal for a Council decision concluding the Agreement establishing a stepping stone Economic Partnership Agreement between the European Community and its Member States, on the one part, and the States of East and Southern Africa (ESA), on the other part (DFID) (A)
Sifted 11 February 2009 Considered at meeting 25 Feb 09 - Cleared from Scrutiny
†17563/08 + ADD 1, 2 COM (08) 886 Communication from the Commission - Action Plan for the Deployment of Intelligent Transport Systems in Europe Commission staff working document - Impact assessment; Commission staff working document - Summary impact assessment (DfT) (B)
Sifted 11 February 2009 Considered at meeting 23 Feb 09 - Cleared from Scrutiny
†17573/08 + ADD 1-14 COM (08) 858

5001/09 + ADD 1-14 COM (08) 857

Proposal for a Council decision on the signature and provisional application of the Interim Partnership Agreement between the European Community, of the one part, and the Pacific States, of the other part; Proposal for a Council decision concluding the Interim Partnership Agreement between the European Community, of the one part, and the Pacific States, of the other part (DFID) (A)
Sifted 11 February 2009 Considered at meeting 25 Feb 09 - Cleared from Scrutiny
†5090/09Proposal for a Draft Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending the Common Consular instructions on visas for diplomatic and consular posts in relation to the introduction of biometrics including provisions on the organisation of the reception and processing of visa applications (Home Office) (F)
Sifted 3 February 2009 Letter to the Government 26 Feb 09 - Cleared from Scrutiny - Meg Hillier MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State
*5466/09 Draft Council Decision from the Commission to the Council to authorise the Commission to participate on behalf of the European Community negotiations on amendments to the Protocol on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) under the UN-ECE Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution (DEFRA) (D)
Sifted 24 February 2009 Letter to the Government 26 Feb 09 - Cleared from Scrutiny - Huw Irranca-Davies MP, Minister for the Natural and Marine Environment, Wildlife and Rural Affairs
*5881/09 COM (08) 869Proposal for a Council Decision on guidelines for the employment policies of the Member States (DWP) (G)
Sifted 24 February 2009 Letter to the Government 5 Mar 09 - Cleared from scrutiny - Jonathan Shaw MP, Minister for Disabled People and Minister for the South East

Request to know if existence of guidelines has informed Government opinion

*5883/09 COM (09) 38Proposal for a Council Regulation amending (EC) No. 1698/2005 on support for rural development by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and a Proposal for a Council Decision amending Decision 2006/493/EC laying down the amount of Community support for rural development for the period from 1 January 2007 to 31 December 2013, its annual breakdown and the minimum amount to be concentrated in regions eligible under the Convergence Objective (DEFRA) (D)
Sifted 24 February 2009 Letter to the Government 26 Feb 09 - Cleared from Scrutiny - Huw Irranca-Davies MP, Minister for the Natural and Marine Environment, Wildlife and Rural Affairs
*5946/09 COM (09) 27Proposal for a Council Decision establishing the position to be adopted on behalf of the European Community with regard to proposals for amending Annexes A, B and C of the Stockholm Convention at the fourth meeting of the Conferences of Parties on 4-8 May 2009 (DEFRA) (D)
Sifted 24 February 2009 Letter to the Government 26 Feb 09 - Cleared from Scrutiny - Huw Irranca-Davies MP, Minister for the Natural and Marine Environment, Wildlife and Rural Affairs




 
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