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Document 52001PC0789(03)

Proposal for a Council Regulation adapting the provisions relating to committees which assist the Commission in the exercise of its implementing powers laid down in Council instruments adopted in accordance with the consultation procedure (qualified majority)

/* COM/2001/0789 final - CNS 2001/0315 */

OJ C 75E , 26.3.2002, p. 425–447 (ES, DA, DE, EL, EN, FR, IT, NL, PT, FI, SV)

No longer in force, Date of end of validity: 14/04/2003

52001PC0789(03)

Proposal for a Council Regulation adapting the provisions relating to committees which assist the Commission in the exercise of its implementing powers laid down in Council instruments adopted in accordance with the consultation procedure (qualified majority) /* COM/2001/0789 final - CNS 2001/0315 */

Official Journal 075 E , 26/03/2002 P. 0425 - 0447


Proposal for a COUNCIL REGULATION adapting the provisions relating to committees which assist the Commission in the exercise of its implementing powers laid down in Council instruments adopted in accordance with the consultation procedure (qualified majority)

(presented by the Commission)

EXPLANATORY MEMORANDUM

Council Decision 1999/468/EC of 28 June 1999 laying down the procedures for the exercise of implementing powers conferred on the Commission [1] repealed Decision 87/373/EEC of 13 July 1987.

[1] OJ L 184, 17.7.1999, p. 23.

Statement No 2 of the Council and of the Commission on Decision 1999/468/EC specifies that the Council and the Commission agree that the provisions relating to committees which assist the Commission 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 with the provisions of Articles 3, 4 and 5 of Decision 1999/468/EC.

The joint statement provides that procedures of type I, IIa, IIb, IIIa and IIIb should be automatically brought into line, whereas the amendment of the safeguard procedures should be done on a case-by-case basis.

This Regulation does not affect either the substantive provisions of the amended legislative acts or the application of the latter.

This Regulation, which aims to bring into line the legislative acts which establish the committees and the legislative acts which refer to these committees, does not affect the nature of the committees provided for by the basic act.

This Regulation does not apply to the legislative acts which have already been brought into line by an act amending the basic act.

The Regulation does not prejudice the Commission's proposals for legislative acts amending the basic act which have been submitted since 18 July 1999, the date of entry into force of Council Decision 1999/468/EC.

This Regulation applies to legislative acts which are still in force when it enters into force.

2001/0315 (CNS)

Proposal for a COUNCIL REGULATION adapting the provisions relating to committees which assist the Commission in the exercise of its implementing powers laid down in Council instruments adopted in accordance with the consultation procedure (qualified majority)

THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION,

Having regard to the Treaty establishing the European Community, and in particular Articles 36, 37 and 133 thereof,

Having regard to the proposal from the Commission [2],

[2]

Having regard to the opinion of the European Parliament [3],

[3]

Having regard to the opinion of the Economic and Social Committee [4],

[4]

Whereas:

(1) Decision 1999/468/EC of 28 June 1999 laying down the procedures for the exercise of implementing powers conferred on the Commission [5] repealed Decision 87/373/EEC [6].

[5] OJ L 184, 17.7.1999, p. 23.

[6] OJ L 197, 18.7.1987, p. 33.

(2) In accordance with the joint statement of the Council and of the Commission [7] on Decision 1999/468/EC, the provisions relating to committees which assist the Commission 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 with the provisions of Articles 3, 4 and 5 of Decision 1999/468/EC.

[7] OJ C 203, 17.7.1999, p. 1.

(3) The aforesaid statement indicates the methods for adapting the committee procedures, which is automatic provided that this does not affect the nature of the committee provided for in the basic act.

(4) The time limits set in the provisions to be adapted must remain in force. Wherever there is no specific time limit laid down for adopting the implementing measures, the time limit should be set at three months.

(5) The provisions of the instruments providing for recourse to the type I committee procedure established by Decision 87/373/EEC should therefore be replaced by provisions referring to the advisory procedure laid down in Article 3 of Decision 1999/468/EC.

(6) The provisions of the instruments providing for recourse to type IIa and IIb committee procedures established by Decision 87/373/EEC should be replaced by provisions referring to the management procedure provided for in Article 4 of Decision 1999/468/EC.

(7) The provisions of the instruments providing for recourse to type IIIa and IIIb committee procedures established by Decision 87/373/EEC should be replaced by provisions referring to the regulatory procedure provided for in Article 5 of Decision 1999/468/EC,

HAS ADOPTED THIS REGULATION:

Article 1

With regard to the advisory procedure, the instruments listed in Annex I are amended in accordance with this Annex.

Article 2

With regard to the management procedure, the instruments listed in Annex II are amended in accordance with this Annex.

Article 3

With regard to the regulatory procedure, the instruments listed in Annex III are amended in accordance with this Annex.

Article 4

References to provisions of the instruments in the annexes are understood to be references to these provisions as amended by this Regulation.

Article 5

This Regulation shall enter into force on the 20th day following its publication in the Official Journal of the European Communities.

This Regulation shall be binding in its entirety and directly applicable in all Member States.

Done at Brussels, [...]

For the Council

The President

ANNEX I

Advisory procedure

List of amended instruments:

1. Council Directive 91/414/EEC of 15 July 1991 concerning the placing of plant protection products on the market (OJ L 230 of 19.8.1991, p. 1).

Article 21 is replaced by the following:

"Article 21

Where reference is made to the procedure laid down in this Article, the advisory procedure laid down in Article 3 of Decision 1999/468/EC shall apply, in compliance with Article 7 thereof.

2. Council Regulation (EEC) No 3911/92 of 9 December 1992 on the export of cultural goods (OJ L 395 of 31.12.1992, p. 1).

Article 8 is replaced by the following:

"Article 8

(1) The Commission shall be assisted by a committee composed of representatives of the Member States and chaired by the representative of the Commission.

(2) Where reference is made to the procedure laid down in this Article, the advisory procedure laid down in Article 3 of Decision 1999/468/EC shall apply, in compliance with Article 7 thereof.

3. Council Decision 98/552/EEC of 24 September 1998 on the implementation by the Commission of activities relating to the Community market access strategy (OJ L 265 of 30.9.1998, p. 31).

Article 3 is replaced by the following:

"Article 3

Where reference is made to the procedure laid down in this Article, the advisory procedure laid down in Article 3 of Decision 1999/468/EC shall apply, in compliance with Article 7 thereof.

ANNEX II

Management procedure

List of amended instruments:

1. Council Regulation No 79/65/EEC of 15 June 1965 setting up a network for the collection of accountancy data on the incomes and business operation of agricultural holdings in the European Economic Community (OJ B 109 of 23.6.1965, p. 1859).

Article 19 is replaced by the following:

"Article 19

(1) Where reference is made to this paragraph, the management procedure laid down in Article 4 of Decision 1999/468/EC shall apply, in compliance with Article 7 thereof.

(2) The period provided for in Article 4(3) of Decision 1999/468/EC shall be one month."

2. Council Regulation (EEC) No 234/68 of 27 February 1968 on the establishment of a common organisation of the market in live trees and other plants, bulbs, roots and the like, cut flowers and ornamental foliage (OJ L 55 of 2.3.1968, p. 1).

Article 13(2) is deleted.

Article 14(2) and (3) is replaced by the following:

"2. Where reference is made to this paragraph, the management procedure laid down in Article 4 of Decision 1999/468/EC shall apply, in compliance with Article 7 thereof. 3. The period provided for in Article 4(3) of Decision 1999/468/EC shall be one month."

3. Council Directive 68/193/EEC of 9 April 1968 on the marketing of material for the vegetative propagation of the vine (OJ L 93 of 17.4.1968, p. 15).

Article 17 is replaced by the following:

"Article 17

(1) The Commission shall be assisted by a committee called the Standing Committee on Seeds and Propagating Material for Agriculture, Horticulture and Forestry instituted by the Council Decision of 14 June 1966, composed of representatives of the Member States and chaired by the representative of the Commission.

(2) Where reference is made to this paragraph, the management procedure laid down in Article 4 of Decision 1999/468/EC shall apply, in compliance with Article 7 thereof.

(3) The period provided for in Article 4(3) of Decision 1999/468/EC shall be one month."

4. Council Regulation (EEC) No 2358/71 of 26 October 1971 on the common organisation of the market in seeds (OJ L 246 of 5.11.1971, p. 1).

Article 10(2) is deleted.

Article 11(2) and (3) is replaced by the following:

"2. Where reference is made to this paragraph, the management procedure laid down in Article 4 of Decision 1999/468/EC shall apply, in compliance with Article 7 thereof. 3. The period provided for in Article 4(3) of Decision 1999/468/EC shall be one month."

5. Council Regulation (EEC) No 1728/74 of 27 June 1974 on the coordination of agricultural research (OJ L 182 of 5.7.1974, p. 1).

Article 8 is replaced by the following:

"Article 8

(1) Where reference is made to this paragraph, the management procedure laid down in Article 4 of Decision 1999/468/EC shall apply, in compliance with Article 7 thereof.

(2) The period provided for in Article 4(3) of Decision 1999/468/EC shall be one month."

6. Council Regulation (EEC) No 2771/75 of 29 October 1975 on the common organisation of the market in eggs (OJ L 282 of 1.11.1975, p. 49).

Article 16(2) is deleted.

Article 17(2) and (3) is replaced by the following:

"2. Where reference is made to this paragraph, the management procedure laid down in Article 4 of Decision 1999/468/EC shall apply, in compliance with Article 7 thereof. 3. The period provided for in Article 4(3) of Decision 1999/468/EC shall be one month."

7. Council Regulation (EEC) No 2777/75 of 29 October 1975 on the common organisation of the market in poultrymeat (OJ L 282 of 1.11.1975, p. 77).

Article 16(2) is deleted.

Article 17(2) and (3) is replaced by the following:

"2. Where reference is made to this paragraph, the management procedure laid down in Article 4 of Decision 1999/468/EC shall apply, in compliance with Article 7 thereof. 3. The period provided for in Article 4(3) of Decision 1999/468/EC shall be one month."

8. Council Directive 92/34/EEC of 28 April 1992 on the marketing of fruit plant propagating material and fruit plants intended for fruit production (OJ L 157 of 10.6.1992, p. 10).

Article 21 is replaced by the following:

"Article 21

(1) The Commission shall be assisted by a committee called the Standing Committee on Propagating Material and Plants of Fruit Genera and Species, composed of representatives of the Member States and chaired by the representative of the Commission.

(2) Where reference is made to this paragraph, the management procedure laid down in Article 4 of Decision 1999/468/EC shall apply, in compliance with Article 7 thereof.

(3) The period provided for in Article 4(3) of Decision 1999/468/EC shall be one month."

9. Council Regulation (EEC) No 2075/92 of 30 June 1992 on the common organisation of the market in raw tobacco (OJ L 215 of 30.7.1992, p. 70).

Article 23(1), (2) and (3) is replaced by the following:

"1. Where reference is made to this paragraph, the management procedure laid down in Article 4 of Decision 1999/468/EC shall apply, in compliance with Article 7 thereof. 2. The period provided for in Article 4(3) of Decision 1999/468/EC shall be one month."

10. Council Regulation (EC) No 3760/92 of 20 December 1992 establishing a Community system for fisheries and aquaculture (OJ L 389 of 31.12.1992, p. 1).

Article 18 is replaced by the following:

"Article 18

(1) Where reference is made to this paragraph, the management procedure laid down in Article 4 of Decision 1999/468/EC shall apply, in compliance with Article 7 thereof.

(2) The period provided for in Article 4(3) of Decision 1999/468/EC shall be one month."

11. Council Regulation (EEC) No 339/93 of 8 February 1993 on checks for conformity with the rules on product safety in the case of products imported from third countries (OJ L 40 of 17.2.1993, p. 1).

Article 9 is replaced by the following:

"Article 9

(1) The Commission shall be assisted by a committee composed of representatives of the Member States and chaired by the representative of the Commission.

(2) Where reference is made to this paragraph, the management procedure laid down in Article 4 of Decision 1999/468/EC shall apply, in compliance with Article 7 thereof.

(3) The period provided for in Article 4(3) of Decision 1999/468/EC shall be three months."

12. Council Regulation (EC) No 2847/93 of 12 October 1993 establishing a control system applicable to the common fisheries policy (OJ L 261 of 20.10.1993, p. 1).

Article 36 is replaced by the following:

"Article 36

(1) The Commission shall be assisted by a committee called the Management Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture, instituted by Regulation (EEC) 3760/92, composed of representatives of the Member States and chaired by the representative of the Commission.

(2) Where reference is made to this paragraph, the management procedure laid down in Article 4 of Decision 1999/468/EC shall apply, in compliance with Article 7 thereof.

(3) The period provided for in Article 4(3) of Decision 1999/468/EC shall be one month."

13. Council Regulation (EC) No 520/94 of 7 March 1994 establishing a Community procedure for administering quantitative quotas (OJ L 66 of 10.3.1994, p. 1).

Article 23 is replaced by the following:

"Article 23

(1) Where reference is made to this paragraph, the management procedure laid down in Article 4 of Decision 1999/468/EC shall apply, in compliance with Article 7 thereof.

(2) The period provided for in Article 4(3) of Decision 1999/468/EC shall be one month."

14. Council Regulation (EEC) No 1467/94 of 20 June 1994 on the conservation, characterisation, collection and utilisation of genetic resources in agriculture (OJ L 159 of 28.6.94, p. 1).

Article 14 is replaced by the following:

"Article 14

(1) Where reference is made to this paragraph, the management procedure laid down in Article 4 of Decision 1999/468/EC shall apply, in compliance with Article 7 thereof.

(2) The period provided for in Article 4(3) of Decision 1999/468/EC shall be one month."

15. Council Regulation (EC) No 1798/94 of 18 July 1994 opening and providing for the administration of Community tariff quotas for certain agricultural products originating in Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovakia and establishing the detailed provisions for adapting these quotas (1994-97) (OJ L 189 of 23.7.94, p. 1).

Article 6 is replaced by the following:

"Article 6

(1) The Commission shall be assisted by a Customs Code Committee instituted by Article 247 of Regulation (EEC) No 2913/92 (7), composed of representatives of the Member States and chaired by the representative of the Commission.

(2) Where reference is made to this paragraph, the management procedure laid down in Article 4 of Decision 1999/468/EC shall apply, in compliance with Article 7 thereof.

(3) The period provided for in Article 4(3) of Decision 1999/468/EC shall be three months."

16. Council Regulation (EC) N° 3295/94 of 22 December 1994 laying down measures to prohibit the release for free circulation, export, re-export or entry for a suspensive procedure of counterfeit and pirated goods (OJ L 341 of 30.12.1994, p. 8).

Article 13 is replaced by the following:

"Article 13

(1) The Commission shall be assisted by a committee instituted by Article 247 of Regulation (EEC) No 2913/92, composed of representatives of the Member States and chaired by the representative of the Commission.

(2) Where reference is made to this paragraph, the management procedure laid down in Article 4 of Decision 1999/468/EC shall apply, in compliance with Article 7 thereof.

(3) The period provided for in Article 4(3) of Decision 1999/468/EC shall be three months."

17. Council Regulation (EC) No 603/95 of 21 February 1995 on the common organisation of the market in dried fodder (OJ L 63 of 21.3.1995, p. 1).

Article 17 is replaced by the following:

"Article 17

(1) The Commission shall be assisted by a committee composed of representatives of the Member States and chaired by the representative of the Commission.

(2) Where reference is made to this paragraph, the management procedure laid down in Article 4 of Decision 1999/468/EC shall apply, in compliance with Article 7 thereof.

(3) The period provided for in Article 4(3) of Decision 1999/468/EC shall be one month.

(4) The Committee may consider any other question referred to it by its chairman either on his own initiative or at the request of the representative of a Member State."

18. Council Regulation (EC) No 1526/97 of 26 June 1997 on administering the double-checking system without quantitative limits in respect of the export of certain steel products covered by the EC and ECSC Treaties from Ukraine to the European Community (OJ L 210 of 4.8.1997, p. 1).

Article 6 is replaced by the following:

"Article 6

(1) The Commission shall be assisted by a committee composed of representatives of the Member States and chaired by the representative of the Commission.

(2) Where reference is made to this paragraph, the management procedure laid down in Article 4 of Decision 1999/468/EC shall apply, in compliance with Article 7 thereof.

(3) The period provided for in Article 4(3) of Decision 1999/468/EC shall be one month."

19. Council Regulation (EC) No 2135/97 of 24 July 1997 on administering the double-checking system without quantitative limits in respect of the export of certain steel products covered by the EC and ECSC Treaties from the Russian Federation to the European Community (OJ L 300 of 4.11.1997, p. 1).

Article 6 is replaced by the following:

"Article 6

(1) The Commission shall be assisted by a committee composed of representatives of the Member States and chaired by the representative of the Commission.

(2) Where reference is made to this paragraph, the management procedure laid down in Article 4 of Decision 1999/468/EC shall apply, in compliance with Article 7 thereof.

(3) The period provided for in Article 4(3) of Decision 1999/468/EC shall be one month."

20. Council Directive 98/29/EC of 7 May 1998 on harmonisation of the main provisions concerning export credit insurance for transactions with medium and long-term cover (OJ L 148 of 19.5.1998, p. 22).

Article 4 is replaced by the following:

"Article 4

(1) The Commission shall be assisted by a committee composed of representatives of the Member States and chaired by the representative of the Commission.

(2) Where reference is made to this paragraph, the management procedure laid down in Article 4 of Decision 1999/468/EC shall apply, in compliance with Article 7 thereof.

(3) The period provided for in Article 4(3) of Decision 1999/468/EC shall be one month."

21. Council Regulation (EC) No 1706/98 of 20 July 1998 on the arrangements applicable to agricultural products and goods resulting from the processing of agricultural products originating in the African, Caribbean and Pacific States (ACP States) and repealing Regulation (EEC) No 715/90 (OJ L 215 of 1.8.1998, p. 12).

Article 30 is replaced by the following:

"Article 30

(1) If necessary, detailed rules for the application of this Regulation shall be adopted in accordance with the procedure laid down in Article 23 of Regulation (EEC) No 1766/92 or in the corresponding Articles of the other Regulations on the common organisation of agricultural markets, as the case may be.

(2) In the case of meat and rice, these detailed rules shall relate in particular to:

a) the basis for calculation and the reference period to be used for fixing the amount by which import duties are to be reduced;

b) the arrangements for fixing the corresponding amount to be collected by the exporting country;

c) the issue of import licences and/or the introduction of import licence arrangements;

d) the forms of proof acceptable and checking procedures.

(3) Without prejudice to paragraphs 1 and 2, provisions for the application of the tariff quotas, tariff ceilings and reference quantities provided for in Article 17, and amendments and technical adaptations made necessary by amendments to the Combined Nomenclature and Taric codes or arising from the conclusion of agreements, protocols or exchanges of letters between the Community and the ACP States, shall be adopted by the Commission, assisted by the Customs Code Committee, in accordance with the procedure set out in paragraph 4 of this Article.

(4) Where reference is made to this paragraph, the management procedure laid down in Article 4 of Decision 1999/468/EC shall apply, in compliance with Article 7 thereof.

(5) The period provided for in Article 4(3) of Decision 1999/468/EC shall be one month.

(6) The Committee may examine any question concerning the application of tariff quotas, tariff ceilings and reference quantities, which is raised by its chairman either at the latter's initiative or at the request of a Member State.

(7) As soon as a tariff ceiling is reached, the Commission may adopt a regulation re-establishing, until the end of the calendar year, the customs duties applicable to third countries in respect of imports of the products concerned."

22. Council Directive 98/56/EC of 20 July 1998 on the marketing of propagating material of ornamental plants (OJ L 226 of 13.8.1998, p. 16).

Article 17 is replaced by the following:

"Article 17

(1) The Commission shall be assisted by a committee called the Standing Committee on Propagating Material of Ornamental Plants, composed of representatives of the Member States and chaired by the representative of the Commission.

(2) Where reference is made to this paragraph, the management procedure laid down in Article 4 of Decision 1999/468/EC shall apply, in compliance with Article 7 thereof.

(3) The period provided for in Article 4(3) of Decision 1999/468/EC shall be one month."

23. Council Regulation (EC) No 1254/1999 of 17 May 1999 on the common organisation of the market in beef and veal (OJ L 160 of 26.6.1999, p. 21).

Article 43(2) is replaced by the following:

"2. Where reference is made to this paragraph, the management procedure laid down in Article 4 of Decision 1999/468/EC shall apply, in compliance with Article 7 thereof. The period provided for in Article 4(3) of Decision 1999/468/EC shall be one month."

24. Council Regulation (EC) No 1255/1999 of 17 May 1999 on the common organisation of the market in milk and milk products (OJ L 160 of 26.6.1999, p. 48).

Article 42(2) is replaced by the following:

"2. Where reference is made to this paragraph, the management procedure laid down in Article 4 of Decision 1999/468/EC shall apply, in compliance with Article 7 thereof. The period provided for in Article 4(3) of Decision 1999/468/EC shall be one month."

25. Council Regulation (EC) No 1493/1999 of 17 May 1999

on the common organisation of the market in wine (OJ L 179 of 14.7.1999, p. 1.).

Article 75(2) is replaced by the following:

"2. Where reference is made to this paragraph, the management procedure laid down in Article 4 of Decision 1999/468/EC shall apply, in compliance with Article 7 thereof. The period provided for in Article 4(3) of Decision 1999/468/EC shall be one month."

ANNEX III

Regulatory procedure

List of amended instruments:

1. Council Decision 80/1096/EEC of 11 November 1980 introducing Community financial measures for the eradication of classical swine fever (OJ L 325 of 1.12.1980, p. 5).

Article 6 is replaced by the following:

"Article 6

(1) The Commission shall be assisted by the Standing Veterinary Committee instituted by Decision 68/361/EEC, composed of representatives of the Member States and chaired by the representative of the Commission.

(2) Where reference is made to this paragraph, the regulatory procedure laid down in Article 5 of Decision 1999/468/EC shall apply, in compliance with Article 7 thereof.

(3) The period provided for in Article 5(6) of Decision 1999/468/EC shall be three months."

2. Council Directive 88/407/EEC of 14 June 1988 laying down the animal health requirements applicable to intra-Community trade in and imports of deep-frozen semen of domestic animals of the bovine species (OJ L 194 of 22.7.1988, p. 10).

Article 18 is replaced by the following:

"Article 18

(1) The Commission shall be assisted by the Standing Veterinary Committee instituted by Decision 68/361/EEC, composed of representatives of the Member States and chaired by the representative of the Commission.

(2) Where reference is made to this paragraph, the regulatory procedure laid down in Article 5 of Decision 1999/468/EC shall apply, in compliance with Article 7 thereof.

(3) The period provided for in Article 5(6) of Decision 1999/468/EC shall be three months."

Article 19 is replaced by the following:

"Article 19

(1) The Commission shall be assisted by the Standing Veterinary Committee instituted by Decision 68/361/EEC, composed of representatives of the Member States and chaired by the representative of the Commission.

(2) In the cases referred to in Article 6(2), the regulatory procedure laid down in Article 5 of Decision 1999/468/EC shall apply, in compliance with Article 7 thereof.

(3) The period provided for in Article 5(6) of Decision 1999/468/EC shall be 15 days."

3. Council Directive 88/661/EEC of 19 December 1988 on the zootechnical standards applicable to breeding animals of the porcine species (OJ L 382 of 31.12.1988, p. 36).

Article 11 is replaced by the following:

"Article 11

(1) The Commission shall be assisted by the Standing Committee on Zootechnics instituted by Decision 77/505/EEC, composed of representatives of the Member States and chaired by the representative of the Commission.

(2) Where reference is made to this paragraph, the regulatory procedure laid down in Article 5 of Decision 1999/468/EC shall apply, in compliance with Article 7 thereof.

(3) The period provided for in Article 5(6) of Decision 1999/468/EC shall be three months."

4. Council Directive 89/437/EEC of 20 June 1989 on hygiene and health problems affecting the production and the placing on the market of egg products (OJ L 212 of 22.7.1989, p. 87).

Article 13 is replaced by the following:

"Article 13

(1) The Commission shall be assisted by the Standing Veterinary Committee instituted by Decision 68/361/EEC, composed of representatives of the Member States and chaired by the representative of the Commission.

(2) Where reference is made to this paragraph, the regulatory procedure laid down in Article 5 of Decision 1999/468/EC shall apply, in compliance with Article 7 thereof.

(3) The period provided for in Article 5(6) of Decision 1999/468/EC shall be 15 days."

Article 14 is replaced by the following:

"Article 14

(1) The Commission shall be assisted by the Standing Veterinary Committee instituted by Decision 68/361/EEC, composed of representatives of the Member States and chaired by the representative of the Commission.

(2) Where reference is made to this paragraph, the regulatory procedure laid down in Article 5 of Decision 1999/468/EC shall apply, in compliance with Article 7 thereof.

(3) The period provided for in Article 5(6) of Decision 1999/468/EC shall be three months."

5. Council Directive 89/556/EEC of 25 September 1989 on animal health conditions governing intra-Community trade in and importation from third countries of embryos of domestic animals of the bovine species (OJ L 302 of 19.10.1989, p. 1).

Article 17 is replaced by the following:

"Article 17

(1) The Commission shall be assisted by the Standing Veterinary Committee instituted by Decision 68/361/EEC, composed of representatives of the Member States and chaired by the representative of the Commission.

(2) Where reference is made to this paragraph, the regulatory procedure laid down in Article 5 of Decision 1999/468/EC shall apply, in compliance with Article 7 thereof.

(3) The period provided for in Article 5(6) of Decision 1999/468/EC shall be 15 days."

Article 18 is replaced by the following:

"Article 18

(1) The Commission shall be assisted by the Standing Veterinary Committee instituted by Decision 68/361/EEC, composed of representatives of the Member States and chaired by the representative of the Commission.

(2) Where reference is made to this paragraph, the regulatory procedure laid down in Article 5 of Decision 1999/468/EC shall apply, in compliance with Article 7 thereof.

(3) The period provided for in Article 5(6) of Decision 1999/468/EC shall be three months."

6. Council Directive 89/662/EEC of 11 December 1989 concerning veterinary checks in intra-Community trade with a view to the completion of the internal market (OJ L 395 of 30.12.1989, p. 13).

Article 17 is replaced by the following:

"Article 17

(1) The Commission shall be assisted by the Standing Veterinary Committee instituted by Decision 68/361/EEC, composed of representatives of the Member States and chaired by the representative of the Commission.

(2) Where reference is made to this paragraph, the regulatory procedure laid down in Article 5 of Decision 1999/468/EC shall apply, in compliance with Article 7 thereof.

(3) The period provided for in Article 5(6) of Decision 1999/468/EC shall be 15 days."

Article 18 is replaced by the following:

"Article 18

(1) The Commission shall be assisted by the Standing Veterinary Committee instituted by Decision 68/361/EEC, composed of representatives of the Member States and chaired by the representative of the Commission.

(2) In the cases referred to in Article 6(2), the regulatory procedure laid down in Article 5 of Decision 1999/468/EC shall apply, in compliance with Article 7 thereof.

(3) The period provided for in Article 5(6) of Decision 1999/468/EC shall be three months."

7. Council Regulation (EEC) No 737/90 of 22 March 1990 on the conditions governing imports of agricultural products originating in third countries following the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power-station (OJ L 82 of 29.3.1990, p. 1).

Article 7 is replaced by the following:

"Article 7

(1) The Commission shall be assisted by a committee composed of representatives of the Member States and chaired by the representative of the Commission.

(2) In the cases referred to in Article 6(2), the regulatory procedure laid down in Article 5 of Decision 1999/468/EC shall apply, in compliance with Article 7 thereof.

(3) The period provided for in Article 5(6) of Decision 1999/468/EC shall be one month."

8. Council Regulation (EEC) No 2377/90 of 26 June 1990 laying down a Community procedure for the establishment of maximum residue limits of veterinary medicinal products in foodstuffs of animal origin (OJ L 224 of 18.8.1990, p. 1).

Article 8 is replaced by the following:

"Article 8

(1) The Commission shall be assisted by a committee called the Committee for the Adaptation to Technical Progress of the Directives on Veterinary Medicinal Products, composed of representatives of the Member States and chaired by the representative of the Commission.

(2) Where reference is made to this paragraph, the regulatory procedure laid down in Article 5 of Decision 1999/468/EC shall apply, in compliance with Article 7 thereof.

(3) The period provided for in Article 5(6) of Decision 1999/468/EC shall be three months."

Article 10 is replaced by the following:

"Article 10

(1) The Commission shall be assisted by a committee called the Committee for the Adaptation to Technical Progress of the Directives on Veterinary Medicinal Products, composed of representatives of the Member States and chaired by the representative of the Commission.

(2) Where reference is made to this paragraph, the regulatory procedure laid down in Article 5 of Decision 1999/468/EC shall apply, in compliance with Article 7 thereof.

(3) The period provided for in Article 5(6) of Decision 1999/468/EC shall be 15 days."

9. Council Decision 90/424/EEC of 26 June 1990 on expenditure in the veterinary field (OJ L 224 of 18.8.1990, p. 19).

Article 41 is replaced by the following:

"Article 41

(1) Where reference is made to this paragraph, the regulatory procedure laid down in Article 5 of Decision 1999/468/EC shall apply, in compliance with Article 7 thereof.

(2) The period provided for in Article 5(6) of Decision 1999/468/EC shall be three months."

Article 42 is replaced by the following:

"Article 42

(1) Where reference is made to this paragraph, the regulatory procedure laid down in Article 5 of Decision 1999/468/EC shall apply, in compliance with Article 7 thereof.

(2) The period provided for in Article 5(6) of Decision 1999/468/EC shall be 15 days."

10. Council Directive 90/426/EEC of 26 June 1990 on the health policy conditions governing the movement of equidae and their import from third countries (OJ L 224 of 18.8.1990, p. 42).

Article 24 is replaced by the following:

"Article 24

(1) The Commission shall be assisted by the Standing Veterinary Committee instituted by Decision 68/361/EEC, composed of representatives of the Member States and chaired by the representative of the Commission.

(2) Where reference is made to this paragraph, the regulatory procedure laid down in Article 5 of Decision 1999/468/EC shall apply, in compliance with Article 7 thereof.

(3) The period provided for in Article 5(6) of Decision 1999/468/EC shall be three months."

Article 25 is replaced by the following:

"Article 25

(1) The Commission shall be assisted by the Standing Veterinary Committee instituted by Decision 68/361/EEC, composed of representatives of the Member States and chaired by the representative of the Commission.

(2) Where reference is made to this paragraph, the regulatory procedure laid down in Article 5 of Decision 1999/468/EC shall apply, in compliance with Article 7 thereof.

(3) The period provided for in Article 5(6) of Decision 1999/468/EC shall be 15 days."

11. Council Directive 90/429/EEC of 26 June 1990 laying down the animal health requirements applicable to intra- Community trade in and imports of semen of domestic animals of the porcine species (JO L 224 of 18.8.1990, p. 62).

Article 18 is replaced by the following:

"Article 18

(1) The Commission shall be assisted by the Standing Veterinary Committee instituted by Decision 68/361/EEC, composed of representatives of the Member States and chaired by the representative of the Commission.

(2) Where reference is made to this paragraph, the regulatory procedure laid down in Article 5 of Decision 1999/468/EC shall apply, in compliance with Article 7 thereof.

(3) The period provided for in Article 5(6) of Decision 1999/468/EC shall be three months."

Article 19 is replaced by the following:

"Article 19

(1) The Commission shall be assisted by the Standing Veterinary Committee instituted by Decision 68/361/EEC, composed of representatives of the Member States and chaired by the representative of the Commission.

(2) Where reference is made to this paragraph, the regulatory procedure laid down in Article 5 of Decision 1999/468/EC shall apply, in compliance with Article 7 thereof.

(3) The period provided for in Article 5(6) of Decision 1999/468/EC shall be three months."

12. Council Decision 90/495/EEC of 24 September 1990 introducing a Community financial measure with a view to the eradication of infectious haemopoietic necrosis of salmonids in the Community (OJ L 276 of 6.10.90, p. 37).

Article 10 is replaced by the following:

"Article 10

(1) The Commission shall be assisted by the Standing Veterinary Committee instituted by Decision 68/361/EEC, composed of representatives of the Member States and chaired by the representative of the Commission.

(2) Where reference is made to this paragraph, the regulatory procedure laid down in Article 5 of Decision 1999/468/EC shall apply, in compliance with Article 7 thereof.

(3) The period provided for in Article 5(6) of Decision 1999/468/EC shall be three months."

13. Council Directive 90/539/EEC of 15 October 1990 on animal health conditions governing intra-Community trade in, and imports from third countries of, poultry and hatching eggs (OJ L 303 of 31.10.1990, p. 6).

Article 32 is replaced by the following:

"Article 32

(1) The Commission shall be assisted by the Standing Veterinary Committee instituted by Decision 68/361/EEC, composed of representatives of the Member States and chaired by the representative of the Commission.

(2) Where reference is made to this paragraph, the regulatory procedure laid down in Article 5 of Decision 1999/468/EC shall apply, in compliance with Article 7 thereof.

(3) The period provided for in Article 5(6) of Decision 1999/468/EC shall be three months."

Article 33 is replaced by the following:

"Article 33

(1) The Commission shall be assisted by the Standing Veterinary Committee instituted by Decision 68/361/EEC, composed of representatives of the Member States and chaired by the representative of the Commission.

(2) Where reference is made to this paragraph, the regulatory procedure laid down in Article 5 of Decision 1999/468/EC shall apply, in compliance with Article 7 thereof.

(3) The period provided for in Article 5(6) of Decision 1999/468/EC shall be 15 days."

14. Council Directive 90/642/EEC of 27 November 1990 on the fixing of maximum levels for pesticide residues in and on certain products of plant origin, including fruit and vegetables (OJ L 350 of 14.12.1990, p. 71).

Article 10a is replaced by the following:

"Article 10a

Where reference is made to this paragraph, the regulatory procedure laid down in Article 5 of Decision 1999/468/EC shall apply, in compliance with Article 7 thereof. The period provided for in Article 5(6) of Decision 1999/468/EC shall be three months."

15. Council Directive 90/667/EEC of 27 November 1990 laying down the veterinary rules for the elimination and processing of animal waste, for its placing on the market and for the prevention of pathogens in feedstuffs of animal or fish origin, and amending Directive 90/425/EEC (OJ L 363 of 27.12.1990, p. 51).

Articles 18 and 19 are replaced by the following:

"Article 18

(1) The Commission shall be assisted by the Standing Veterinary Committee instituted by Decision 68/361/EEC, composed of representatives of the Member States and chaired by the representative of the Commission.

(2) Where reference is made to this paragraph, the regulatory procedure laid down in Article 5 of Decision 1999/468/EC shall apply, in compliance with Article 7 thereof.

(3) The period provided for in Article 5(6) of Decision 1999/468/EC shall be 15 days.

Article 19

(1) The Commission shall be assisted by the Standing Veterinary Committee instituted by Decision 68/361/EEC, composed of representatives of the Member States and chaired by the representative of the Commission.

(2) Where reference is made to this paragraph, the regulatory procedure laid down in Article 5 of Decision 1999/468/EC shall apply, in compliance with Article 7 thereof.

(3) The period provided for in Article 5(6) of Decision 1999/468/EC shall be three months."

16. Council Directive 91/495/EEC 27 November 1990 concerning public health and animal health problems affecting the production and placing on the market of rabbit meat and farmed game meat (OJ No L 268 of 24.9.1991, p. 41).

Article 20 is replaced by the following:

"Article 20

(1) The Commission shall be assisted by the Standing Veterinary Committee instituted by Decision 68/361/EEC, composed of representatives of the Member States and chaired by the representative of the Commission.

(2) Where reference is made to this paragraph, the regulatory procedure laid down in Article 5 of Decision 1999/468/EC shall apply, in compliance with Article 7 thereof.

(3) The period provided for in Article 5(6) of Decision 1999/468/EC shall be three months."

17. Council Directive 91/67/EEC of 28 January 1991 concerning the animal health conditions governing the placing on the market of aquaculture animals and products (OJ L 46 of 19.2.1991, p. 1).

Article 26 is replaced by the following:

"Article 26

(1) The Commission shall be assisted by the Standing Veterinary Committee instituted by Decision 68/361/EEC, composed of representatives of the Member States and chaired by the representative of the Commission.

(2) Where reference is made to this paragraph, the regulatory procedure laid down in Article 5 of Decision 1999/468/EC shall apply, in compliance with Article 7 thereof.

(3) The period provided for in Article 5(6) of Decision 1999/468/EC shall be three months."

Article 27 is replaced by the following:

"Article 27

(1) The Commission shall be assisted by the Standing Veterinary Committee instituted by Decision 68/361/EEC, composed of representatives of the Member States and chaired by the representative of the Commission.

(2) Where reference is made to this paragraph, the regulatory procedure laid down in Article 5 of Decision 1999/468/EC shall apply, in compliance with Article 7 thereof.

(3) The period provided for in Article 5(6) of Decision 1999/468/EC shall be 15 days."

18. Council Directive 91/68/EEC of 28 January 1991 on animal health conditions governing intra-Community trade in ovine and caprine animals (OJ L 46 of 19.2.1991, p. 19).

Article 15 is replaced by the following:

"Article 15

(1) The Commission shall be assisted by the Standing Veterinary Committee instituted by Decision 68/361/EEC, composed of representatives of the Member States and chaired by the representative of the Commission.

(2) Where reference is made to this paragraph, the regulatory procedure laid down in Article 5 of Decision 1999/468/EC shall apply, in compliance with Article 7 thereof.

(3) The period provided for in Article 5(6) of Decision 1999/468/EC shall be three months."

19. Council Regulation (EEC) No 2092/91 of 24 June 1991 on organic production of agricultural products and indications referring thereto on agricultural products and foodstuffs (OJ L 198 of 22.7.1991, p. 1).

Article 14 is replaced by the following:

"Article 14

(1) The Commission shall be assisted by a committee composed of representatives of the Member States and chaired by the representative of the Commission.

(2) Where reference is made to this paragraph, the regulatory procedure laid down in Article 5 of Decision 1999/468/EC shall apply, in compliance with Article 7 thereof.

(3) The period provided for in Article 5(6) of Decision 1999/468/EC shall be three months."

20. Council Directive 91/414/EEC of 15 July 1991 concerning the placing of plant protection products on the market (OJ L 230 of 19.8.1991, p. 1).

Article 19 is replaced by the following:

"Article 19

(1) Where reference is made to this paragraph, the regulatory procedure laid down in Article 5 of Decision 1999/468/EC shall apply, in compliance with Article 7 thereof.

(2) The period provided for in Article 5(6) of Decision 1999/468/EC shall be three months."

Article 20 is replaced by the following:

"Article 20

(1) Where reference is made to this paragraph, the regulatory procedure laid down in Article 5 of Decision 1999/468/EC shall apply, in compliance with Article 7 thereof.

(2) The period provided for in Article 5(6) of Decision 1999/468/EC shall be 15 days."

21. Council Directive 91/492/EEC of 15 July 1991 laying down the health conditions for the production and the placing on the market of live bivalve molluscs (OJ L 268 of 24.9.1991, p. 1).

Article 12 is replaced by the following:

"Article 12

(1) The Commission shall be assisted by the Standing Veterinary Committee instituted by Decision 68/361/EEC, composed of representatives of the Member States and chaired by the representative of the Commission.

(2) Where reference is made to this paragraph, the regulatory procedure laid down in Article 5 of Decision 1999/468/EC shall apply, in compliance with Article 7 thereof.

(3) The period provided for in Article 5(6) of Decision 1999/468/EC shall be three months."

22. Council Directive 91/493/EEC of 22 July 1991 laying down the health conditions for the production and placing on the market of fishery products (OJ L 268 of 24.9.1991, p. 15).

Article 15 is replaced by the following:

"Article 15

(1) The Commission shall be assisted by the Standing Veterinary Committee instituted by Decision 68/361/EEC, composed of representatives of the Member States and chaired by the representative of the Commission.

(2) Where reference is made to this paragraph, the regulatory procedure laid down in Article 5 of Decision 1999/468/EC shall apply, in compliance with Article 7 thereof.

(3) The period provided for in Article 5(6) of Decision 1999/468/EC shall be three months."

23. Council Directive 91/497/EEC of 29 July 1991 amending and consolidating Directive 64/433/EEC on health problems affecting intra-Community trade in fresh meat to extend it to the production and marketing of fresh meat (OJ L 268 of 24.9.1991, p. 69).

Article 16 is replaced by the following:

"Article 16

(1) The Commission shall be assisted by the Standing Veterinary Committee instituted by Decision 68/361/EEC, composed of representatives of the Member States and chaired by the representative of the Commission.

(2) Where reference is made to this paragraph, the regulatory procedure laid down in Article 5 of Decision 1999/468/EC shall apply, in compliance with Article 7 thereof.

(3) The period provided for in Article 5(6) of Decision 1999/468/EC shall be three months."

24. Council Directive 91/628/EEC of 19 November 1991 on the protection of animals during transport and amending Directives 91/425/EEC and 91/496/EEC (OJ L 340 of 11.12.1991, p. 17).

Article 17 is replaced by the following:

"Article 17

(1) The Commission shall be assisted by the Standing Veterinary Committee instituted by Decision 68/361/EEC, composed of representatives of the Member States and chaired by the representative of the Commission.

(2) Where reference is made to this paragraph, the regulatory procedure laid down in Article 5 of Decision 1999/468/EC shall apply, in compliance with Article 7 thereof.

(3) The period provided for in Article 5(6) of Decision 1999/468/EC shall be three months."

25. Council Directive 91/629/EEC of 19 November 1991 laying down minimum standards for the protection of calves (OJ L 340 of 11.12.1991, p. 28).

Article 10 is replaced by the following:

"Article 10

(1) The Commission shall be assisted by the Standing Veterinary Committee instituted by Decision 68/361/EEC, composed of representatives of the Member States and chaired by the representative of the Commission.

(2) Where reference is made to this paragraph, the regulatory procedure laid down in Article 5 of Decision 1999/468/EC shall apply, in compliance with Article 7 thereof.

(3) The period provided for in Article 5(6) of Decision 1999/468/EC shall be three months."

26. Council Directive 91/630/EEC of 19 November 1991 laying down minimum standards for the protection of pigs (OJ L 340 of 11.12.1991, p. 33).

Article 10 is replaced by the following:

"Article 10

(1) The Commission shall be assisted by the Standing Veterinary Committee instituted by Decision 68/361/EEC, composed of representatives of the Member States and chaired by the representative of the Commission.

(2) Where reference is made to this paragraph, the regulatory procedure laid down in Article 5 of Decision 1999/468/EC shall apply, in compliance with Article 7 thereof.

(3) The period provided for in Article 5(6) of Decision 1999/468/EC shall be three months."

27. Council Directive 92/34/EEC of 28 April 1992 on the marketing of fruit plant propagating material and fruit plants intended for fruit production (OJ L 157 of 10.6.1992, p. 10).

Article 22 is replaced by the following:

"Article 22

(1) The Commission shall be assisted by the Standing Committee on Propagating Material and Plants of Fruit Genera and Species, composed of representatives of the Member States and chaired by the representative of the Commission.

(2) Where reference is made to this paragraph, the regulatory procedure laid down in Article 5 of Decision 1999/468/EC shall apply, in compliance with Article 7 thereof.

(3) The period provided for in Article 5(6) of Decision 1999/468/EC shall be three months."

28. Council Directive 92/35/EEC of 29 April 1992 laying down control rules and measures to combat African horse sickness (OJ L 157 of 10.6.1992, p. 19).

Article 19 is replaced by the following:

"Article 19

(1) The Commission shall be assisted by the Standing Veterinary Committee instituted by Decision 68/361/EEC, composed of representatives of the Member States and chaired by the representative of the Commission.

(2) Where reference is made to this paragraph, the regulatory procedure laid down in Article 5 of Decision 1999/468/EC shall apply, in compliance with Article 7 thereof.

(3) The period provided for in Article 5(6) of Decision 1999/468/EC shall be three months."

29. Council Directive 92/40/EEC of 19 May 1992 introducing Community measures for the control of avian influenza (OJ L 167 of 22.6.1992, p. 1).

Article 21 is replaced by the following:

"Article 21

(1) The Commission shall be assisted by the Standing Veterinary Committee instituted by Decision 68/361/EEC, composed of representatives of the Member States and chaired by the representative of the Commission.

(2) Where reference is made to this paragraph, the regulatory procedure laid down in Article 5 of Decision 1999/468/EC shall apply, in compliance with Article 7 thereof.

(3) The period provided for in Article 5(6) of Decision 1999/468/EC shall be three months."

30. Council Directive 92/45/EEC of 16 June 1992 on public health and animal health problems relating to the killing of wild game and the placing on the market of wild-game meat (OJ L 268 of 14.9.1992, p. 35).

Article 22 is replaced by the following:

"Article 22

(1) The Commission shall be assisted by the Standing Veterinary Committee instituted by Decision 68/361/EEC, composed of representatives of the Member States and chaired by the representative of the Commission.

(2) Where reference is made to this paragraph, the regulatory procedure laid down in Article 5 of Decision 1999/468/EC shall apply, in compliance with Article 7 thereof.

(3) The period provided for in Article 5(6) of Decision 1999/468/EC shall be three months."

31. Council Directive 92/46/EEC of 16 June 1992 laying down the health rules for the production and placing on the market of raw milk, heat-treated milk and milk-based products (OJ L 268 of 14.9.1992, p. 1).

Article 31 is replaced by the following:

"Article 31

(1) The Commission shall be assisted by the Standing Veterinary Committee instituted by Decision 68/361/EEC, composed of representatives of the Member States and chaired by the representative of the Commission.

(2) Where reference is made to this paragraph, the regulatory procedure laid down in Article 5 of Decision 1999/468/EC shall apply, in compliance with Article 7 thereof.

(3) The period provided for in Article 5(6) of Decision 1999/468/EC shall be three months."

32. Council Decision 92/438/EEC of 13 July 1992 on computerisation of veterinary import procedures (Shift project), amending Directives 90/675/EEC, 91/496/EEC, 91/628/EEC and Decision 90/424/EEC, and repealing Decision 88/192/EEC (OJ L 243 of 25.8.1992, p. 27).

Article 13 is replaced by the following:

"Article 13

(1) The Commission shall be assisted by the Standing Veterinary Committee instituted by Decision 68/361/EEC, composed of representatives of the Member States and chaired by the representative of the Commission.

(2) Where reference is made to this paragraph, the regulatory procedure laid down in Article 5 of Decision 1999/468/EC shall apply, in compliance with Article 7 thereof.

(3) The period provided for in Article 5(6) of Decision 1999/468/EC shall be three months."

33. Council Directive 92/66/EEC of 14 July 1992 introducing Community measures for the control of Newcastle disease (OJ L 260 of 5.9.1992, p. 1).

Article 25 is replaced by the following:

"Article 25

(1) The Commission shall be assisted by the Standing Veterinary Committee instituted by Decision 68/361/EEC, composed of representatives of the Member States and chaired by the representative of the Commission.

(2) Where reference is made to this paragraph, the regulatory procedure laid down in Article 5 of Decision 1999/468/EC shall apply, in compliance with Article 7 thereof.

(3) The period provided for in Article 5(6) of Decision 1999/468/EC shall be three months."

34. Council Regulation (EEC) No 2081/92 of 14 July 1992 on the protection of geographical indications and designations of origin for agricultural products and foodstuffs (OJ L 208 of 24.7.1992, p. 1).

Article 15 is replaced by the following:

"Article 15

(1) The Commission shall be assisted by a committee composed of representatives of the Member States and chaired by the representative of the Commission.

(2) Where reference is made to this paragraph, the regulatory procedure laid down in Article 5 of Decision 1999/468/EC shall apply, in compliance with Article 7 thereof.

(3) The period provided for in Article 5(6) of Decision 1999/468/EC shall be three months."

35. Council Regulation (EEC) No 2082/92 of 14 July 1992 on certificates of specific character for agricultural products and foodstuffs (OJ L 208 of 24.7.1992, p. 9).

Article 19 is replaced by the following:

"Article 19

(1) The Commission shall be assisted by a committee composed of representatives of the Member States and chaired by the representative of the Commission.

(2) Where reference is made to this paragraph, the regulatory procedure laid down in Article 5 of Decision 1999/468/EC shall apply, in compliance with Article 7 thereof.

(3) The period provided for in Article 5(6) of Decision 1999/468/EC shall be three months."

36. Council Directive 92/117/EEC of 17 December 1992 concerning measures for protection against specified zoonoses and specified zoonotic agents in animals and products of animal origin in order to prevent outbreaks of food-borne infections and intoxications (OJ L 62 of 15.3.1993, p. 38).

Article 16 is replaced by the following:

"Article 16

(1) The Commission shall be assisted by a committee composed of representatives of the Member States and chaired by the representative of the Commission.

(2) Where reference is made to this paragraph, the regulatory procedure laid down in Article 5 of Decision 1999/468/EC shall apply, in compliance with Article 7 thereof.

(3) The period provided for in Article 5(6) of Decision 1999/468/EC shall be three months."

37. Council Directive 92/119/EEC of 17 December 1992 introducing general Community measures for the control of certain animal diseases and specific measures relating to swine vesicular disease (OJ L 62 of 15.3.1993, p. 69).

Article 25 is replaced by the following:

"Article 25

(1) The Commission shall be assisted by the Standing Veterinary Committee instituted by Decision 68/361/EEC, composed of representatives of the Member States and chaired by the representative of the Commission.

(2) Where reference is made to this paragraph, the regulatory procedure laid down in Article 5 of Decision 1999/468/EC shall apply, in compliance with Article 7 thereof.

(3) The period provided for in Article 5(6) of Decision 1999/468/EC shall be three months."

38. Council Directive 93/119/EC of 22 December 1993 on the protection of animals at the time of slaughter or killing (OJ L 340 of 31.12.1993, p. 21).

Article 16 is replaced by the following:

"Article 16

(1) The Commission shall be assisted by the Standing Veterinary Committee instituted by Decision 68/361/EEC, composed of representatives of the Member States and chaired by the representative of the Commission.

(2) Where reference is made to this paragraph, the regulatory procedure laid down in Article 5 of Decision 1999/468/EC shall apply, in compliance with Article 7 thereof.

(3) The period provided for in Article 5(6) of Decision 1999/468/EC shall be three months."

39. Council Regulation (EC) No 517/94 of 7 March 1994 on common rules for imports of textile products from certain third countries not covered by bilateral agreements, protocols or other arrangements, or by other specific Community import rules (OJ L 67 of 10.3.1994, p. 1).

Article 25(1), (2) and (3) is replaced by the following:

"1. The Commission shall be assisted by a committee composed of representatives of the Member States and chaired by the representative of the Commission. 2. Where reference is made to this paragraph, the regulatory procedure laid down in Article 5 of Decision 1999/468/EC shall apply, in compliance with Article 7 thereof. 3. The period provided for in Article 5(6) of Decision 1999/468/EC shall be one month."

40. Council Regulation (EC) No 3036/94 of 8 December 1994 establishing economic outward processing arrangements applicable to certain textiles and clothing products reimported into the Community after working or processing in certain third countries (OJ L 322 of 15.12.1994, p. 1).

Article 12 is replaced by the following:

"Article 12

(1) The Commission shall be assisted by a Committee on economic outward processing arrangements for textiles, composed of representatives of the Member States and chaired by the representative of the Commission.

(2) Where reference is made to this paragraph, the regulatory procedure laid down in Article 5 of Decision 1999/468/EC shall apply, in compliance with Article 7 thereof.

(3) The period provided for in Article 5(6) of Decision 1999/468/EC shall be one month."

41. Council Directive 94/65/EC of 14 December 1994 laying down the requirements for the production and placing on the market of minced meat and meat preparations (OJ L 368 of 31.12.1994, p. 10).

Article 20 is replaced by the following:

"Article 20

(1) The Commission shall be assisted by the Standing Veterinary Committee instituted by Decision 68/361/EEC, composed of representatives of the Member States and chaired by the representative of the Commission.

(2) Where reference is made to this paragraph, the regulatory procedure laid down in Article 5 of Decision 1999/468/EC shall apply, in compliance with Article 7 thereof.

(3) The period provided for in Article 5(6) of Decision 1999/468/EC shall be three months."

42. Council Regulation (EC) No 3281/94 of 19 December 1994 applying a four-year scheme of generalised tariff preferences (1995-1998) in respect of certain industrial products originating in developing countries (OJ L 348 of 31.12.1994, p. 1).

Article 19 is replaced by the following:

"Article 19

(1) Where reference is made to this paragraph, the regulatory procedure laid down in Article 5 of Decision 1999/468/EC shall apply, in compliance with Article 7 thereof.

(2) The period provided for in Article 5(6) of Decision 1999/468/EC shall be three months."

43. Council Decision 95/408/EC of 22 June 1995 on the conditions for drawing up, for an interim period, provisional lists of third country establishments from which Member States are authorised to import certain products of animal origin, fishery products or live bivalve molluscs (OJ L 243 of 11.10.1995, p. 17).

Article 4 is replaced by the following:

"Article 4

(1) The Commission shall be assisted by the Standing Veterinary Committee instituted by Decision 68/361/EEC (1), composed of representatives of the Member States and chaired by the representative of the Commission. Matters shall without delay be referred to the committee by its chairman, either on his own initiative or at the request of a Member State.

(2) Where reference is made to this paragraph, the regulatory procedure laid down in Article 5 of Decision 1999/468/EC shall apply, in compliance with Article 7 thereof.

(3) The period provided for in Article 5(6) of Decision 1999/468/EC shall be 15 days."

44. Council Directive 95/69/EC of 22 December 1995 laying down the conditions and arrangements for approving and registering certain establishments and intermediaries operating in the animal feed sector and amending Directives 70/524/EEC, 74/63/EEC, 79/373/EEC and 82/471/EEC (OJ L 332 of 30.12.1995, p. 15).

Article 16 is replaced by the following:

"Article 16

(1) The Commission shall be assisted by the Standing Committee on Feedingstuffs instituted by Decision 70/372/EEC, composed of representatives of the Member States and chaired by the representative of the Commission.

(2) Where reference is made to this paragraph, the regulatory procedure laid down in Article 5 of Decision 1999/468/EC shall apply, in compliance with Article 7 thereof.

(3) The period provided for in Article 5(6) of Decision 1999/468/EC shall be three months."

45. Council Directive 95/70/EC of 22 December 1995 introducing minimum Community measures for the control of certain diseases affecting bivalve molluscs (OJ L 332 of 30.12.1995, p. 33).

Article 10 is replaced by the following:

"Article 10

(1) The Commission shall be assisted by the Standing Veterinary Committee instituted by Decision 68/361/EEC, composed of representatives of the Member States and chaired by the representative of the Commission.

(2) Where reference is made to this paragraph, the regulatory procedure laid down in Article 5 of Decision 1999/468/EC shall apply, in compliance with Article 7 thereof.

(3) The period provided for in Article 5(6) of Decision 1999/468/EC shall be three months."

46. Council Directive 96/23/EC of 29 April 1996 on measures to monitor certain substances and residues thereof in live animals and animal products and repealing Directives 85/358/EEC and 86/469/EEC and Decisions 89/187/EEC and 91/664/EEC (OJ L 125 of 23.5.1996, p. 10).

Article 33 is replaced by the following:

"Article 33

(1) The Commission shall be assisted by the Standing Veterinary Committee instituted by Decision 68/361/EEC, composed of representatives of the Member States and chaired by the representative of the Commission.

(2) Where reference is made to this paragraph, the regulatory procedure laid down in Article 5 of Decision 1999/468/EC shall apply, in compliance with Article 7 thereof.

(3) The period provided for in Article 5(6) of Decision 1999/468/EC shall be three months."

47. Council Directive 96/25/EC of 29 April 1996 on the circulation of feed materials, amending Directives 70/524/EEC, 74/63/EEC, 82/471/EEC and 93/74/EEC and repealing Directive 77/101/EEC (OJ L 125 of 25.5.1996, p. 35).

Article 13 is replaced by the following:

"Article 13

(1) The Commission shall be assisted by the Standing Committee on Feedingstuffs instituted by Decision 70/372/EEC, hereinafter referred to as the 'Committee', composed of representatives of the Member States and chaired by the representative of the Commission.

(2) Where reference is made to this paragraph, the regulatory procedure laid down in Article 5 of Decision 1999/468/EC shall apply, in compliance with Article 7 thereof.

(3) The period provided for in Article 5(6) of Decision 1999/468/EC shall be three months."

48. Council Directive 98/56/EC of 20 July 1998 on the marketing of propagating material of ornamental plants (OJ L 226 of 13.8.1998, p. 16).

Article 18 is replaced by the following:

"Article 18

(1) The Commission shall be assisted by the Standing Committee for Propagating Material and Ornamental Plants, composed of representatives of the Member States and chaired by the representative of the Commission.

(2) Where reference is made to this paragraph, the regulatory procedure laid down in Article 5 of Decision 1999/468/EC shall apply, in compliance with Article 7 thereof.

(3) The period provided for in Article 5(6) of Decision 1999/468/EC shall be three months."

49. Council Directive 98/58/EC of 20 July 1998 concerning the protection of animals kept for farming purposes (OJ L 221 of 8.8.1998, p. 23).

Article 9 is replaced by the following:

"Article 9

(1) The Commission shall be assisted by the Standing Veterinary Committee instituted by Decision 68/361/EEC, composed of representatives of the Member States and chaired by the representative of the Commission.

(2) Where reference is made to this paragraph, the regulatory procedure laid down in Article 5 of Decision 1999/468/EC shall apply, in compliance with Article 7 thereof.

(3) The period provided for in Article 5(6) of Decision 1999/468/EC shall be three months."

50. Council Directive 1999/74/EC of 19 July 1999 laying down minimum standards for the protection of laying hens (OJ L 203 of 3.8.1999, p. 53).

Article 11 is replaced by the following:

"Article 11

(1) The Commission shall be assisted by the Standing Veterinary Committee instituted by Decision 68/361/EEC, composed of representatives of the Member States and chaired by the representative of the Commission.

(2) Where reference is made to this paragraph, the regulatory procedure laid down in Article 5 of Decision 1999/468/EC shall apply, in compliance with Article 7 thereof.

(3) The period provided for in Article 5(6) of Decision 1999/468/EC shall be three months."

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