18.8.2006   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

C 195/61


Opinion of the European Economic and Social Committee on the Amended Proposal for a Council Regulation establishing a Cohesion Fund (Codified version)

(COM(2006) 5 final — 2003/0129 (AVC))

(2006/C 195/15)

On 28 February 2006 the Council of the European Union decided to consult the European Economic and Social Committee, under Article 262 of the Treaty establishing the European Community, on the abovementioned proposal.

The Section for Economic and Monetary Union and Economic and Social Cohesion, which was responsible for preparing the Committee's work on the subject, adopted its opinion on 28 April 2006. The rapporteur was Mr Grasso.

At its 427th plenary session, held on 17-18 May 2006 (meeting of 17 May), the European Economic and Social Committee adopted the following opinion by 146 votes to one with two abstentions.

1.

The European Economic and Social Committee supports the Commission's initiative to undertake the codification of Council Regulation (EC) No 1164/94 establishing the Cohesion Fund.

2.

The EESC confirms its opinion, previously expressed on several occasions, that the codification of EU rules helps to bring the European public closer to the EU's instruments. This is all the more important in the case of cohesion policy, which is central to the process of European integration.

Brussels, 17 May 2006.

The President

of the European Economic and Social Committee

Anne-Marie SIGMUND