I propose to take Questions Nos. 372, 375 and 378 together.
Changes for the reform of the advisory committees structure under the Simpler Legislation in the Internal Market Initiative have been proposed. The Advisory Committee on Medical Training, which is still in existence, is included in these proposals. While changes have been proposed for some time, the Commission has been, as part of a wider review, developing a Communication on New European Labour Markets. Further to this review the Commission will launch a consultation procedure which will take place from May to October 2001.
Reforms proposed for the Advisory Committee on Medical Training are viewed by the Medical Council with concern. It is the view of the Medical Council that acceptance of these proposals would mean that the competent authorities for the regulation of medicine in the EU would have no means to address issues such as training, standards of quality or regulatory mechanisms.
Ireland has already made its objections to the original proposals known. It is intended to present further views on the regulation of professions and on how the Advisory Committee of Medical Training can be restructured without diluting its effectiveness.