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Document 21998D1120(01)

Decision No 1/98 of the Association Council between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of Bulgaria, of the other part, of 15 September 1998 amending, through the setting up of a Joint Consultative Committee, Decision No 1/95 adopting the rules of procedure of the Association Council

OJ L 311, 20.11.1998, p. 19–20 (ES, DA, DE, EL, EN, FR, IT, NL, PT, FI, SV)

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ELI: http://data.europa.eu/eli/dec/1998/651/oj

21998D1120(01)

Decision No 1/98 of the Association Council between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of Bulgaria, of the other part, of 15 September 1998 amending, through the setting up of a Joint Consultative Committee, Decision No 1/95 adopting the rules of procedure of the Association Council

Official Journal L 311 , 20/11/1998 P. 0019 - 0020


DECISION No 1/98 OF THE ASSOCIATION COUNCIL between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of Bulgaria, of the other part of 15 September 1998 amending, through the setting up of a Joint Consultative Committee, Decision No 1/95 adopting the rules of procedure of the Association Council (98/651/EC)

THE ASSOCIATION COUNCIL,

Having regard to the Europe Agreement establishing an association between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of Bulgaria, of the other part (1), and in particular Article 110 thereof,

Whereas dialogue and cooperation between economic and social interest groups in the European Community and those in Bulgaria can make a major contribution to the development of their relations;

Whereas it seems appropriate that such cooperation should be organised at the level of the members of the Economic and Social Committee of the European Communities and the economic and social interest groups in Bulgaria;

Whereas this means that the rules of procedure of the Association Council, adopted by Decision No 1/95 (2), need to be amended accordingly,

HAS DECIDED AS FOLLOWS:

Article 1

The following Articles shall be added to the rules of procedure of the Association Council:

'Article 15

A Joint Consultative Committee is hereby established with the task of assisting the Association Council with a view to promoting dialogue and cooperation between the economic and social interest groups in the European Community and those in Bulgaria. Such dialogue and cooperation shall encompass all economic and social aspects of relations between the European Community and Bulgaria, as they arise in the context of implementation of the Europe Agreement. The committee shall express its views on questions arising in these areas.

Article 16

The Joint Consultative Committee shall comprise six representatives of the Economic and Social Committee of the European Communities, on the one hand, and six representatives of the economic and social interest groups in Bulgaria, on the other hand.

The Joint Consultative Committee shall carry out its activities on the basis of consultation by the Association Council or, as concerns the promotion of the dialogue between the economic and social interest groups, on its own initiative.

Members shall be chosen to ensure that the Joint Consultative Committee is as faithful a reflection as possible of the various economic and social interest groups in both the European Community and Bulgaria.

The Joint Consultative Committee shall be co-chaired by a member of the Economic and Social Committee of the European Communities and a Bulgarian member.

The Joint Consultative Committee shall adopt its own Rules of Procedure.

Article 17

The Economic and Social Committee of the European Communities, on the one hand, and the Bulgarian economic and social interest groups, on the other hand, shall each defray the expenses they incur by reason of their participation in the meetings of the committee and of its working groups with regard to staff, travel and subsistence expenditure and to postal and telecommunications expenditure.

Expenditure in connection with interpreting at meetings, translation and reproduction of documents shall be borne by the Economic and Social Committee, with the exception of expenditure in connection with interpreting or translation into or from Bulgarian, which shall be borne by the Bulgarian economic and social interest groups.

Other expenditure relating to the material organisation of meetings shall be borne by the Party which hosts the meetings.`

Article 2

This Decision shall enter into force on the first day of the second month following the date of its adoption.

Done at Brussels, 15 September 1998.

For the Association Council

The President

N. MIHAILOVA

(1) OJ L 358, 31. 12. 1994, p. 3.

(2) OJ L 255, 25. 10. 1995, p. 19.

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