Scrutiny of EU Legislative Proposals

We are in public session. Is it agreed to continue our scrutiny of EU proposals - COM (2012) 416, COM (2012) 710, COM (2012) 576 and COM (2013) 55? Agreed. It is proposed that the proposals in Schedule B do not warrant further scrutiny. Is that agreed? Agreed.

COM (2012) 416 is a proposal for a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 2003/87/EC clarifying provisions on the timing of auctions of greenhouse gas allowances. Do members wish to comment? No. I propose that this proposal warrants further scrutiny by way of a letter to the Secretary General of the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government stating:

The Committee is keeping a close watching brief on all developments relating to COM (2012) 416 on the timing of auctions of greenhouse gas allowances. The Committee asks to be kept informed of all developments regarding this Proposal and specifically those in relation to the planned intervention in the EU emissions trading scheme to strengthen the price of carbon allowances traded within the scheme.

Is that agreed? Agreed.

COM (2012) 576 is a proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on access to genetic resources and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from their utilisation in the Union. Do members wish to comment? No. I propose that this proposal does not warrant further scrutiny. Is that agreed? Agreed.

COM (2012) 710 is a proposal for a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council on the general Union environment action programme to 2020, entitled "Living Well, Within the Limits of our Planet". Do members wish to comment? No. I propose that this proposal warrants further scrutiny and that we request officials from the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government to address us on it. This will facilitate us in our scrutiny and in deciding whether further action on it is required. Is that agreed? Agreed.

That concludes our business for today.

The joint committee adjourned at 4.55 p.m. until 2.15 p.m. on Tuesday, 30 April 2013.