European Scrutiny Committee

No. 19
(Session 2003-04)




FAILURE BY EU MEMBER STATES TO FULFIL OBLIGATIONS

The European Scrutiny Committee reports today on the latest 'Scoreboard' showing the performance of EU Member States in transposing Directives into national law and reducing the number of infraction cases.  It concludes:

'We are dismayed again at the continuing failure of some Member States to meet promptly and properly their obligations in relation to the Single Market. This disadvantages not only UK businesses and consumers but the interests of all those who stand to benefit from a properly functioning Single Market. We trust that the Minister will make plain in discussion of this Scoreboard, particularly to recalcitrant Member States, the cynicism engendered in ordinary European citizens by this disregard for what is supposed to be a common enterprise.'

France has the worst transposition record, followed by Greece and the other five founding Member States.  The UK is in joint fourth place.

The Report is the Committee's 30th of 2003-04 ( HC 42-xxx); the Scoreboard is discussed at para 10.

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Notes for Editors

The main purpose of the European Scrutiny Committee is to report to the House on the legal and political importance of each EU document and to determine which EU documents are debated. Such debates take place either in a European Standing Committee or on the Floor of the House. The Committee normally reports weekly on a range of documents when the House is sitting.  The Committee also monitors business in the Council of Ministers, especially the activities of UK Ministers in the Council, and produces occasional reports on wider EU developments.

The Committee has 14 Members at present, as follows:

Jimmy Hood MP (Chairman) - Labour - Clydesdale
Richard Bacon MP - Conservative - South Norfolk
William Cash MP - Conservative - Stone
Michael Connarty MP - Labour - Falkirk East
Wayne David MP - Labour - Caerphilly
Jim Dobbin MP - Labour/Co-op - Heywood & Middleton
Nick Harvey MP - Lib Dem - North Devon
David Heathcoat-Amory MP - Conservative - Wells
Sandra Osborne MP - Labour - Ayr
Anne Picking MP - Labour - East Lothian
Angus Robertson MP - SNP - Moray
John Robertson MP - Labour - Glasgow Anniesland
Anthony Steen MP - Conservative - Totnes
Bill Tynan MP - Labour - Hamilton South

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