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C 73/70 EN Official Journal of the European Communities 9.3.

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Opinion of the Economic and Social Committee on the ‘Proposal for a Council Regulation
(EC) amending Regulation (EEC) No 2075/92 on the common organization of the market in
raw tobacco’

(98/C 73/20)

On 3 November 1997 the Council decided to consult the Economic and Social Committee,
under Articles 43 and 198 of the Treaty establishing the European Community, on the
above-mentioned proposal.
The Economic and Social Committee decided to appoint Mr Kallio as rapporteur-general for
its opinion.
At its 350th plenary session (meeting of 10 December 1997), the Economic and Social
Committee adopted the following opinion with 73 votes in favour, 35 votes against and eight
abstentions.

1. Introduction 2. ESC comments

The ESC can accept temporary extension of the present


organization of the tobacco market as proposed by the
The purpose of this proposed regulation is to extend the Commission. However, it hopes that changes to EU
present market organization arrangements by a year in agricultural policy will apply to all products. The
order to allow the lead-in time needed for the reform of Committee feels that the Commission should submit a
the common organization of the market in tobacco proposal for reform of the tobacco sector as soon as
announced by the Commission. Reform would therefore possible. Changes in tobacco production and in society’s
be implemented from the 1999 harvest. expectations must also be taken into consideration.

Brussels, 10 December 1997.

The President
of the Economic and Social Committee
Tom JENKINS

APPENDIX

to the opinion of the Economic and Social Committee

The following text from the section opinion was rejected in favour of an amendment in the course of
the debate:

‘The ESC feels that extending the present organization of the tobacco market as proposed by the
Commission is justified. However, it hopes that changes to EU agricultural policy are to have an equal
effect on all products. Changes in tobacco production must also be taken into consideration when
working out market arrangements. The Committee feels that the Commission should submit a proposal
for reform of the tobacco sector as soon as possible.’

Result of the vote

For: 51, against: 49, abstentions: 15.