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New Inquiry: European Union Competence and Transport

Terms Of Reference

The Transport Committee has decided to conduct an inquiry into European Union competence and transport, with particular reference to the principles of proportionality and subsidiarity.

The Committee is particularly interested in:

• What powers the Commission has;

• What it needs;

• What it would like;

• What should be reserved to individual counties.

and will look at:

• The interrelationship between transport matters and the single European market;

• The actual and appropriate extent of community competence; and

• The level of detail needed in European regulation.

The Committee will structure its inquiry by making particular reference to:

► Negotiations with the US on aviation agreements;

► Proposals for the "Euro vignette" system for road user charging; and

► The draft directive and draft framework decision on the enforcement of the law against ship source pollution.

The Committee wishes to draw its general terms of reference to the attention of those working in or interested in transport, and invites them to comment on the issues, particularly in the contest of specific cases.

Witnesses are invited to submit memoranda to the Committee before Monday 5 January 2004.  Witnesses who wish their memoranda to be treated in confidence should contact the Committee Clerk in advance.

Memoranda should be a maximum of 6 A4 pages in length with numbered paragraphs or pages.  Witnesses are requested to submit a single hard copy of their memorandum by post to the above address, together with an electronic version (in Word format) either by e-mail to (with the title of the inquiry in the subject heading) or on a disk accompanying the hard copy.  Witnesses who are unable to submit electronic versions of their submissions are respectfully requested to take particular care that their submissions are legible. 

All submissions should be final and complete; the Committee will not accept draft memoranda or subsequent amendments.  Memoranda submitted to the Committee should be kept confidential until published by the Committee.

Press Notice   41/2002-03   10 November 2003

Eve Samson, Clerk of the Transport Committee