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					                                                                              Agenda Item   9
SOUTH EAST ENGLAND REGIONAL ASSEMBLY
SOUTH EAST ENGLAND DEVELOPMENT AGENCY
JOINT EUROPE COMMITTEE

Date:               10 October 2003

Subject:            Committee of the Regions report

Report of:          Committee of the Regions Delegates


This Committee of the Regions Activity Report is for information.

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Items discussed at the Committee of the Regions 50th Plenary Session of the
Committee of the Regions Wednesday, 2 July 2003 and Thursday, 3 July 2003

         Governance and simplification of the Structural Funds after 2006

         Statement by Mr Barnier, Commissioner responsible for regional policy and
          institutional reform

         Second progress report on economic and social cohesion

         European Convention: Resolution on the recommendations made by the
          European Convention

         Strategy for the sustainable development of European Aquaculture

         Measures for the control of foot and mouth disease 1

         Gender mainstreaming in the Structural Funds Programming documents 2000-
          2006

         Entrepreneurship in Europe - a better environment for companies

         The lessons of the Go Digital initiative and the challenges ahead

         The capacity of regional airports


Thursday, 3 July 2003

         Minimum safety requirements for tunnels in the Trans-European Road Network

         Application of "Television without Frontiers" Directive


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         The impact on local and regional authorities of the negotiations on the General
          Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) at the WTO

         DAPHNE II Programme

         European governance

         Common agricultural policy reform: "A long-term perspective"

         Guidelines for employment policies of the Member States 3

         Management and consequences of natural catastrophes: the role of European
          structural policy


Agendas of the Committee of the Region’s Commissions July to August 2003

Commission for Territorial Cohesion Policy

14 July

         Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on
          minimum safety requirements for tunnels in the Trans-European Road Network

16 July

         Management and consequences of natural disasters: the role of European
          structural policy

25 August

         Communication from the Commission Developing the trans-European transport
          network: Innovative funding solutions. Interoperability of electronic toll collection
          systems

         Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on a
          widespread introduction and interperability of electronic road toll systems in the
          Community

         European Road Safety Action Programme. Halving the number of road accident
          victims in the European Union by 2010: A Shared responsibilty

         Planning investments in Trans-European Networks and Corridors infrastructures

Commission for Economic and Social Policy

14 July

         Communication from the Commission to the Council, the European Parliament,
          the Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions on
          the implementation of gender mainstreaming in the Structural Funds
          programming documents 2000-2006

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         Commission proposal for a Council Decision on guidelines for the
          employment policies of the Member States

      Green Paper on Entrepreneurship in Europe and the Communication on a better
          environment for companies

Commission for Sustinable Development

11 July

         Communication from the Commission to the Council and the European
          Parliament: A strategy for the sustainable development of European aquaculture

17 July

         Proposal for a Council Directive on Community measures for the control of foot-
          and-mouth disease and amending Directive 92/46/EEC

         Proposal for a Council Regulation establishing common rules for direct support
          schemes under the common agricultural policy and support schemes for
          producers of certain crops

         Proposal for a Council Regulation amending Regulation (EC) No. 1257/1999 on
          support for rural development from the European Agricultural Guidance and
          Guarantee Fund (EAGGF) and repealing Regulation (EC) No. 2826/2000

Commission for Education and Culture

23 July

         Fourth Report from the Commission on the application of Directive 89/553/EEC
          "Television Without Frontiers"

Commission for Constitutional Affairs and European Governence

10 July

         Follow-up to the White Paper on European governance

15 July

         Proposal for a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council
          establishing a second phase of a programme of Community action (2004-2008)
          to prevent violence against children, young people and women and to protect
          victims and groups at-risk (the DAPHNE II programme)




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Commission for External Relations

16 August

         The impact on local and regional authorities of the negotiations on the General
          Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) at the WTO

18 August

         Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, and the
          Council in view of the European Council of Thessaloniki on the development of a
          common policy on illegal immigration, smuggling and trafficking of human beings,
          external borders and the return of illegal residents

         Communication from the Commission to the Council and the European
          Parliament – Towards more accessible, equitable and managed asylum systems

19 August

         Communication from the Commission to the Council and the European
          Parliament Wider Europe – Neighbourhood: A New framework for relations with
          our eastern and Southern Neighbours

         Communication from the Commission: Paving the Way for a New Neighbourhood
          Instrument

         Northern Dimension – Second Action Plan 2004-2006


22 August

         Report of an Independent High-Level Study Group established on the initiative of
          the President of the European Commission




Contact: Barry Wheatley
T: 01483 500755 or 00 32 25 040740
E: barrywheatley@seeda.co.uk or barry.wheatley@seeda.southeastenglandhouse.net




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