European Union Committee Progress of Scrutiny Contents


SUB-COMMITTEE A

ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL AFFAIRS, AND INTERNATIONAL TRADE

MEMBERSHIP: Chairman: Baroness Cohen of Pimlico

Lord Trimble

Co-opted Members: : Lord Browne of Madingley, Lord Haskins, Baroness Hooper, Lord Jordan, Lord Moser, Baroness Northover, Lord Renton of Mount Harry, Lord Steinberg, Lord Watson of Richmond, Lord Woolmer of Leeds

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I.  DOCUMENTS AWAITING CONSIDERATION BY THE SUB-COMMITTEE
*9052/09 COM (09) 199Recommendation for a Council Decision granting mutual assistance for Romania and proposal for a Council Decision providing EU Medium-term financial assistance for Romania (HM Treasury)
Sifted 12 May 2009
*8642/09 COM (09) 169 Proposal for a Council Regulation amending Regulation (EC) No 332/2002 establishing a facility providing medium- term financial assistance for Member States' balances of payments (HM Treasury)
Sifted 12 May 2009
*7308/09, 7310/09 to 7320/09, 7322/09 to 7330/09, 8325/09 Council Opinions on the Stability and Convergence Programmes of Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Malta, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Netherlands, UK Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Portugal and Cyprus (HM Treasury)
Sifted 19 May 2009
*7897/09 to 7904/09 Council Decision on the existence of Excessive Deficits in France, Greece, Spain and Ireland; Council Recommendations to France, Greece, Spain and Ireland with a view to bringing an end to the situation of Excessive Government deficits (HM Treasury)
Sifted 19 May 2009
*7955-09 7956-09Council Decision establishing, in accordance with Article 104(*) of the Treaty, whether effective action has been taken by the United Kingdom in response to the Council Recommendation of 8 July 2008 pursuant to Article 104(7); Council Recommendation to the United Kingdom with a view to bringing an end to the situation of an excessive Government Deficit (HM Treasury)
Sifted 19 May 2009
*8812/09 COM (09) 164 Report from the Commission: State Aid Scoreboard - Spring 2009 update - Special Edition on State Aid Interventions in the Current Financial and Economic Crisis (BERR)
Sifted 19 May 2009
*8937/09Proposal for a Council Regulation amending Regulation (EC) no. 332/2002 establishing a facility providing medium-term financial assistance for Member States' balances of payments (HM Treasury)
Sifted 19 May 2009





II.  DOCUMENTS HELD UNDER SCRUTINY AWAITING THE OUTCOME OF CORRESPONDENCE WITH MINISTERS
11338/04 COM (04) 468 Amended proposal for a Council Directive amending Directive 77/388/EEC as regards value added tax on services provided in the postal sector (HM Treasury) (COM(04) 468)
Sifted 7 September 2004;

Letters to the Government 20 Oct 04, 16 Nov 06, 27 Apr 09 - Rt Hon Stephen Timms MP, Financial Secretary; Letter to the Chairman 25 Oct 06;

Request for information on the progress of document

11067/05 + Add 1 COM (05) 261

11067/05 SEM + Add 1 COM (05) 261

Proposal for a Council Directive on Passenger Car Related Taxes;

Supplementary EM on European Community Legislation: Proposal for a Council Directive on passenger car related taxes (HM Treasury)

Sifted 11 October 2005; Supplementary EM Sifted 15 November 2005;

Letters to the Government 26 Oct 05, 20 Dec 05, 15 Mar 06, 27 Apr 09 - Rt Hon Stephen Timms MP, Financial Secretary;

Letters to the Chairman 8 Nov 05, 31 Jan 06, 30 Apr 07, 10 Dec 07;

Request for information on progress of this document

5091/06 + Add 1 COM (05) 661 Proposal for a Council Regulation on the indication of the country of origin of certain products imported from third countries and Annex thereto (DTI, now BERR)
Sifted 7 February 2006;

Letters to the Government 8 Mar 06, 28 Apr 09, 20 May 09 - Gareth Thomas MP, Minister of State; Letter to the Chairman 1 May 09;

Request for information on progress of document

7512/07 + ADD 1, 2 COM (07) 52 Proposal for a Council Directive amending Directive 2003/96/EC as regards the adjustments of special tax arrangements for gas oil used as motor fuel for commercial purposes and the coordination of taxation of unleaded petrol and gas oil used as motor fuel (HM Treasury)
Sifted17 April 2007; Letters to the Government 2 May 07, 13 Jun 07, 27 Apr 09 - Rt Hon Stephen Timms MP, Financial Secretary; Letter to the Chairman 1 Jun 07;

Request for information on progress of this document

16209/07 16210/07 + ADD 1, 2 COM (07) 746 COM (07) 747

16209/1/07 16210/1/07 + Add 1 + Add 2 COM (07) 746 COM (07) 747

Proposal for a Council Directive amending Directive 2006/112/EC on the Common System of Value Added Tax, as regards the Treatment of Insurance and Financial Services; Proposal for a Council Regulation laying down implementing measures for Directive 2006/112/EC on the common system of Value Added Tax, as regards the treatment of Insurance and Financial Services; Commission staff working document - Impact assessment; Commission staff working document - Summary Impact assessment (HM Treasury)

Proposal for a Council Directive amending directive 2006/112/EC on the common system of Value Added Tax, as regards the treatment of insurance and financial services REV 1; implementing measures REV 1; Staff working document - Impact Assessment; Staff working document - Summary of Impact Assessment (HM Treasury)

Sifted 15 January 2008; REV 1 Sifted 22 April 2008; Letters to the Government 29 Apr 08, 27 Apr 09 - Rt Hon Stephen Timms MP, Financial Secretary;

Request for details of negotiations as they progress

14606/08Recommendation for a Council Regulation amending Council Regulation (EC) 2533/98 of 23 November 1998 concerning the collection of statistical information by the European Central Bank (ONS)
Sifted 16 December 2008; Letter to the Government 14 Jan 09, 10 Feb 09 - Kevin Brennan MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary in the Cabinet Office and Minister for the Third Sector; Letter to the Chairman 27 Jan 09;

Awaiting updates of the state of negotiations on concerns of date security and clarity of wording

15733/08 + ADD 1,2 COM (08) 727 Proposal for a Council Directive amending Directive 2003/48/EC on taxation of savings income in the form of interest payments (HM Treasury)
Sifted 9 December 2008; Letter to the Government 14 Jan 09 - Rt Hon Stephen Timms MP, Financial Secretary;

Awaiting publication of UK Impact assessment

16774/08 16776/08 COM (08) 805 COM (08) 807 Communication from the Commission to the Council, the European Parliament, the European Economic and Social Committee on a Coordinated Strategy to improve the fight against VAT Fraud in the European Union; Proposal for a Council Directive amending Directive 2006/112/EC on the Common System of VAT to Combat Tax evasion linked to import and export transactions (HM Treasury)
Sifted 13 January 2009; Letters to the Government 4 Feb 09, 18 Mar 09, 20 May 09 - Rt Hon Stephen Timms MP, Financial Secretary; (16774/08 - held under scrutiny, 16776/08 cleared from scrutiny - 3 Feb 09); Letters to the Chairman 18 Feb 09, 11 May 09;

Request for updates on progress of negotiations of 16774/08

17483/08Initiative of the French Republic with a view to adopting a Council Decision concerning the convention on the use of information technology for customs purposes (CIS Convention) (HMRC)
Sifted 17 March 2009; Letter to the Government 25 Mar 09 - Rt Hon Stephen Timms MP, Financial Secretary;

Request for updates on progress of negotiations

5011/09 COM (08) 854Proposal for a Council Regulation, amending Regulation (EC) No 1334/2000, setting up a Community regime for the control of exports of dual-use items and technology (BERR)
Sifted 27 January 2009; Letter to the Government 4 Feb 09, 13 May 09 - Ian Pearson MP, Economic Secretary; Letter to the Chairman 18 Feb 09;

Request for quarterly updates on the progress of negotiations

5991/09 COM (09) 20

5985/09 COM (09) 21

Communication from the Commission to the Council on the Technological Developments in the field of e-invoicing and measures aimed at further simplifying, modernising and harmonising the VAT invoicing rules;

Proposal for a Council Directive amending Directive 2006/112/EC on the common system of Value Added Tax as regards the rules on invoicing (HMT)

Sifted 24 February 2009; Letter to the Government 18 Mar 09 - Rt Hon Stephen Timms MP, Financial Secretary; (5991/09 cleared from scrutiny, 5985/09 held under scrutiny - 17 Mar 09);

Request for results of Governments consultation with UK business

6035/09 COM (08) 29 Proposal for a Council Directive on administrative cooperation in the field of taxation (HM Treasury)
Sifted 3 March 2009; Letter to the Government 18 Mar 09 - Rt Hon Stephen Timms MP, Financial Secretary;

Request for clarification on reasons for choice of legal basis and for an impact assessment

6147/09 COM (09) 28Proposal for a Council Directives concerning mutual assistance for the recovery of claims relating to taxes, duties and other measures (HM Treasury)
Sifted 3 March 2009; Letter to the Government 18 March 09 - Rt Hon Stephen Timms MP, Financial Secretary;

Request for further information and to receive updates on progress of negotiations

III.  DOCUMENTS UNDER SCRUTINY:

In connection with the Sub-Committee's Inquiry into "EU Financial Regulation"
14938/08 COM (08) 706 Communication from the Commission: From Financial Crisis to Recovery: a European Framework for Action (HM Treasury)
Sifted 25 November 2008; Letter to the Government 10 Dec 08 - Ian Pearson MP, Economic Secretary
15661/08 + ADD 1, 2 COM (08) 704 Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on credit rating agencies; Commission staff working document - Summary of Impact Assessment ; Commission staff working document - Impact Assessment (HM Treasury)
Sifted 9 December 2008; Letter to the Government 17 Dec 08 - Lord Myners, Financial Services Secretary; Letter to the Chairman 4 Mar 09; Considered at meeting 10 Mar 09 - Cleared from Scrutiny

iv.  Documents cleared from scrutiny, awaiting outcome of Correspondence with Ministers
16361/07 COM (07) 776Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Council Regulation (EC) No 2223/96 on the European System of national and regional accounts in the Community as regards the implementing powers conferred on the Commission (ONS)
Sifted 22 January 2008; Letter to the Government 6 Feb 08 - Cleared from Scrutiny - Angela Eagle, Exchequer Secretary;

Request for further information on Regional Accounts

6859/08 + ADD 1 COM (08) 109 Communication from the Commission to the Council and European Parliament on measures to change the VAT system to fight fraud; Commission staff working document (HM Treasury)
Sifted 11 March 2008; Letters to the Chairman 1 Mar 08, 20 Apr 09; Letter to the Government 2 Apr 08 - Cleared from Scrutiny, 7 May 09 - Rt Hon Stephen Timms MP, Financial Secretary;

Request for figures relating to MTIC fraud and details of how estimates are arrived at

13314/08 + ADD 1 - 13 13386/08 + ADD 1 - 13 COM (08) 562 COM (08) 565 Proposal for a Council decision on the signature and provisional application of the Interim Economic Partnership Agreement between the European Community and its Member States, on the one part, and the South African Development Community (SADC) EPA States, on the other part; Proposal for a Council decision concluding the Interim Economic Partnership Agreement between the European Community and its Member States, on the one part, and the SADC EPA States, on the other part (DFID)
Sifted 21 October 2008; Letters to the Government 29 Oct 08, 25 Feb 09 - Cleared from Scrutiny - Gareth Thomas MP, Minister of State; Letter to the Chairman 26 Jan 09; Report published 5 Dec 08 "Developments in EU Trade Policy" (35th Report, HL Paper 200);

Request for updates on progress of discussions on the EPA

17247/08 COM (08) 839Proposal for Council Decision on the signing, on behalf of the European Community, of the cooperation agreement between the European Community and its Member States, of the one part, and the principality of Liechtenstein, of the other part, to combat fraud and any other illegal activity to the detriment of their financial interest; Proposal for a Council Decision on the conclusion, on behalf of the European Community, of the cooperation agreement between the European Community and its Member States, of the one part, and the Principality of Liechtenstein, of the other part, to combat fraud and any other illegal activity to the detriment of their financial interest (HM Treasury)
Sifted 27 January 2009; Considered at meeting 3 Feb 09 - Cleared from Scrutiny; Letter to the Government 4 Feb 09 - Rt Hon Stephen Timms MP, Financial Secretary;

Request for update on final form of agreement

†5783/09 + ADD 1 COM (09) 14 Proposal for a Decision of the European Parliament and of the Council of (…) establishing a Community programme to support specific activities in the field of financial services, financial reporting and auditing; Commission staff working document (BERR) (A)
Sifted 3 March 2009; Letter to the Government 11 Mar 09 - Ian Pearson MP, Economic Secretary; Letter to the Chairman 20 Apr 09;

Considered at meeting 22 Apr 09 - Cleared from Scrutiny - letter to follow

v.  Reports awaiting Government Response
No Government responses outstanding



 
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