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Proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council adapting the provisionsrelating to committees which assist the Commission in the exercise of its implementing powerslaid down in European Parliament and Council instruments adopted in accordance with theprocedure laid down in Article 251 of the Treaty
(2002/C 75 E/30)
COM(2001) 789 final — 2001/0314(COD)(Submitted by the Commission on 27 December 2001)
THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND THE COUNCIL OF THEEUROPEAN UNION,
Having regard to the Treaty establishing the EuropeanCommunity, and in particular Articles 40, 47, 55, 71, 80, 95,137, 150, 152, 153, 155, 156, 175, 179, 285 and 300(3)thereof,Having regard to the proposal from the Commission,Having regard to the opinion of the Economic and SocialCommittee,Having regard to the opinion of the Committee of Regions,Acting in accordance with the procedure laid down in Article251 of the Treaty,Whereas:(1) Decision 1999/468/EC of 28 June 1999 laying down theprocedures for the exercise of implementing powersconferred on the Commission (
1
) repealed Decision87/373/EEC (
2
).(2)
In accordance with the joint statement of the Council andof the Commission (
3
) on Decision 1999/468/EC, theprovisions relating to committees which assist theCommission in the exercise of its implementing powers,provided for in application of Decision 87/373/EEC,should be adapted in order to bring them into line withthe provisions of Articles 3, 4 and 5 of Decision1999/468/EC.
(3) The aforesaid statement indicates the methods for adaptingthe committee procedures, which is automatic providedthat this does not affect the nature of the committeeprovided for in the basic act.(4) The time limits set in the provisions to be adapted mustremain in force. Wherever there is no specific time limitlaid down for adopting the implementing measures, thetime limit should be set at three months.(5) The provisions of the instruments providing for recourse tothe type I committee procedure established by Decision87/373/EEC should therefore be replaced by provisionsreferring to the advisory procedure laid down in Article3 of Decision 1999/468/EC.(6) The provisions of the instruments providing for recourse totype IIa and IIb committee procedures established by Decision 87/373/EEC should be replaced by provisionsreferring to the management procedure provided for inArticle 4 of Decision 1999/468/EC.(7) The provisions of the instruments providing for recourse totype IIIa and IIIb committee procedures established by Decision 87/373/EEC should be replaced by provisionsreferring to the regulatory procedure provided for inArticle 5 of Decision 1999/468/EC,
HAVE ADOPTED THIS REGULATION:
Article 1
With regard to the advisory procedure, the instruments listedin Annex I are amended in accordance with this Annex.
Article 2
With regard to the management procedure, the instrumentslisted in Annex II are amended in accordance with this Annex.
Article 3
With regard to the regulatory procedure, the instruments listedin Annex III are amended in accordance with this Annex.
Article 4
References to provisions of the instruments in the annexes areunderstood to be references to these provisions as amended by this Regulation.
Article 5
This Regulation shall enter into force on the 20th dafollowing its publication in the
Official Journal of the EuropeanCommunities
.This Regulation shall be binding in its entirety and directly applicable in all Member States.
EN
26.3.2002 Official Journal of the European Communities C 75 E/385
(
1
) OJ L 184, 17.7.1999, p. 23.(
2
) OJ L 197, 18.7.1987, p. 33.(
3
) OJ C 203, 17.7.1999, p. 1.
 
ANNEX I 
ADVISORY PROCEDUREList of amended instruments:
1. Council Directive 88/378/EEC of 3 May 1988 on the approximation of the laws of the Member States concerningthe safety of toys (OJ L 187, 16.7.1988, p. 1).Article 6 is replaced by the following:
‘Article 6
1. Where a Member State or the Commission considers that the harmonised standards referred to in Article5(1) do not entirely satisfy the essential requirements referred to in Article 3, the Commission or the Member Stateconcerned shall refer the matter to the Standing Committee set up under Directive 98/34/EC, hereinafter referred toas “the Committee”, setting out its reasons. Where reference is made to this paragraph, the advisory procedure laiddown in Article 3 of Decision 1999/468/EC shall apply, in compliance with Article 7 and Article 8 thereof. TheCommittee shall deliver an opinion without delay. In the light of the Committee’s opinion, the Commission shallinform the Member States whether or not it is necessary to withdraw those standards, or a part of them, from thepublications referred to in Article 5(1).2. The Commission shall inform the European standardisation body concerned and, if necessary, issue a new standardisation brief.’2. Council Directive 89/336/EEC of 3 May 1989 on the approximation of the laws of the Member States relating toelectromagnetic compatibility (OJ L 139, 23.5.1989, p. 19).Article 8 is replaced by the following:
‘Article 8
1. Where a Member State or the Commission considers that the harmonised standards referred to in Article7(1)(a) do not entirely meet the requirements referred to in Article 4, the Member State concerned or theCommission shall bring the matter before the Standing Committee set up under Directive 98/34/EC, hereinafterreferred to as “the Committee”, giving the reasons therefor. Where reference is made to this paragraph, the advisory procedure laid down in Article 3 of Decision 1999/468/EC shall apply, in compliance with Article 7 and Article 8thereof. The Committee shall deliver an opinion without delay. In the light of the Committee’s opinion, theCommission shall inform the Member States as soon as possible whether or not it is necessary to withdraw those standards in whole or in part from the publications referred to in Article 7(1)(a).2. After receipt of the communication referred to in Article 7(2), the Commission shall consult the Committee.Upon receipt of the latter’s opinion, the Commission shall inform the Member States as soon as possible whether ornot the national standard in question shall enjoy the presumption of conformity and, if so, that the referencesthereof shall be published nationally. If the Commission or a Member State considers that a national standard nolonger satisfies the necessary conditions for presumption of compliance with the protection requirements referred toin Article 4, the Commission shall consult the Committee, which shall give its opinion without delay.3. Upon receipt of the latter’s opinion, the Commission shall inform the Member States as soon as possiblewhether or not the standard in question shall continue to enjoy a presumption of conformity and, if not, that itmust be withdrawn in whole or in part from the publications referred to in Article 7(2).’3. Council Directive 89/686/EEC of 21 December 1989 on the approximation of the laws of the Member Statesrelating to personal protective equipment (OJ L 399, 30.12.1989, p. 18).Article 6 is replaced by the following:
‘Article 6
1. Where a Member State or the Commission considers that the harmonised standards referred to in Article 5 donot entirely satisfy the essential requirements referred to in Article 3, the Commission or the Member Stateconcerned shall bring the matter before the Committee set up under Directive 98/34/EC (
1
), giving the reasonstherefor. Where reference is made to this paragraph, the advisory procedure laid down in Article 3 of Decision1999/468/EC shall apply, in compliance with Article 7 and Article 8 thereof. The Committee shall deliver anopinion without delay. Upon receipt of the committee’s opinion, the Commission shall inform the Member Stateswhether or not it is necessary to withdraw those standards from the published information referred to in Article 5.EN
C 75 E/386 Official Journal of the European Communities 26.3.2002
 
2. The Standing Committee set up by Article 6(2) of Directive 98/37/EC (
2
) may be apprised, in accordance withthe procedure described below, of any matter to which the implementation and practical application of thisDirective give rise. Where reference is made to this paragraph, the advisory procedure laid down in Article 3 of Decision 1999/468/EC shall apply, in compliance with Article 7 and Article 8 thereof.’4. Council Directive 90/384/EEC of 20 June 1990 on the harmonisation of the laws of the Member States relating tonon-automatic weighing instruments (OJ L 189, 20.7.1990, p. 1).Article 6 is replaced by the following:
‘Article 6
1. Where a Member State or the Commission considers that the harmonised standards referred to in Article 5(1)do not entirely meet the essential requirements referred to in Article 3, the Commission or the Member Stateconcerned shall bring the matter before the Standing Committee set up under Directive 98/34/EC, hereinafterreferred to as “the Committee”, giving the reasons therefor. The Committee shall deliver an opinion without delay.2. Where reference is made to this paragraph, the advisory procedure laid down in Article 3 of Decision1999/468/EC shall apply, in compliance with Article 7 and Article 8 thereof. In the light of the Committee’sopinion, the Commission shall inform the Member States whether or not it is necessary to withdraw thosestandards from the publications referred to in Article 5(2).’5. Council Directive 90/385/EEC of 20 June 1990 on the approximation of the laws of the Member States relating toactive implantable medical devices (OJ L 189, 20.7.1990, p. 17).Article 6 is replaced by the following:
‘Article 6
1. Where a Member State or the Commission considers that the harmonised standards referred to in Article 5 donot entirely meet the essential requirements referred to in Article 3, the Commission or the Member Stateconcerned shall bring the matter before the Standing Committee set up under Directive 98/34/EC, giving thereasons therefor. Where reference is made to this paragraph, the advisory procedure laid down in Article 3 of Decision 1999/468/EC shall apply, in compliance with Article 7 and Article 8 thereof. The Committee shall deliveran opinion without delay. In the light of the opinion of the Committee, the Commission shall inform MemberStates of the measures to be taken with regard to the standards and the publication referred to in Article 5.2. A Standing Committee, hereinafter referred to as the “Committee”, shall be set up, composed of the represen-tatives of the Member States and chaired by the representative of the Commission. The committee shall draw up itsrules of procedure. Any matter relating to the implementation and practical application of this Directive may bebrought before the Committee, in accordance with the procedure set out below. Where reference is made to thisparagraph, the advisory procedure laid down in Article 3 of Decision 1999/468/EC shall apply, in compliance withArticle 7 and Article 8 thereof.’6. Council Directive 90/396/EEC of 29 June 1990 on the approximation of the laws of the Member States relating toappliances burning gaseous fuels (OJ L 196, 26.7.1990, p. 15).Article 6 is replaced by the following:
‘Article 6
1. Where a Member State or the Commission considers that the standards referred to in Article 5(1) do notentirely meet the essential requirements referred to in Article 3, the Commission or the Member State concernedshall bring the matter before the Standing Committee set up under Directive 98/34/EC, hereinafter referred to as“the Committee”, giving the reasons therefor. The Committee shall deliver an opinion without delay.2. Where reference is made to this paragraph, the advisory procedure laid down in Article 3 of Decision1999/468/EC shall apply, in compliance with Article 7 and Article 8 thereof.3. In the light of the Committee’s opinion, the Commission shall inform the Member States whether or not it isnecessary to withdraw those standards from the publications referred to in Article 5(1).EN
26.3.2002 Official Journal of the European Communities C 75 E/387

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