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C 95/32 EN Official Journal of the European Communities 30.3.


Opinion of the Economic and Social Committee on the ‘Proposal for a Council Regulation
(EC) on the recognition in intra-Community traffic of the distinguishing sign of the Member
State in which motor vehicles and their trailers are registered’

(98/C 95/08)

On 5 August 1997 the European Commission decided to consult the Economic and Social
Committee, under Article 75 of the Treaty, on the above-mentioned proposal.
The Section for Transport and Communications, which was responsible for preparing the
Committee’s work on the subject, adopted its opinion on 16 December 1997. The rapporteur
was Mr Garcı́a Alonso.
At its 351st plenary session of (meeting of 28 January 1998) the Economic and Social Committee
adopted the following opinion by 111 votes to one, with three abstentions.

1. Introduction 2.3. The aim of the proposal is to ensure that Member

States, which under the provisions of Article 37 of
1.1. Free movement of persons and free movement the Vienna Convention, require vehicles registered in
of goods are fundamental rights of the European Union another Member State to display a distinguishing regis-
enshrined in the Treaties. tration sign when being driven in their territory, also
recognize a distinguishing sign which meets the pro-
2. The Commission proposal visions laid down in the annex to the regulation.
2.1. Community law contains a range of provisions
enabling motor vehicles to be driven freely throughout
Community territory.
2.2. However, other provisions under the Vienna 3. Conclusion
Convention on road traffic (1), still apply in some
Member States.
3.1. The Committee wholeheartedly supports the
(1) Convention on road traffic, Vienna, 8 November 1968, Commission proposal insofar as it assists road traffic
comprising the amendments which entered into force on and the free movement of persons within the Community
3 September 1993 — United Nations Economic Com- and, by the same token, facilitates the completion of the
mission for Europe. single market.

Brussels, 28 January 1998.

The President
of the Economic and Social Committee