Official Journal of the European Union

C 318/122

Opinion of the European Economic and Social Committee on the Proposal for a Council Regulation on glucose and lactose (codified version)

COM(2006) 116 final — 2006/0038 CNS

(2006/C 318/22)

On 2 May 2006, the Council decided to consult the European Economic and Social Committee, under Article 308 of the Treaty establishing the European Community, on the abovementioned proposal.

The Section for Agriculture, Rural Development and the Environment, which was responsible for the Committee's work on the subject, adopted its opinion on 11 July 2006. The rapporteur was Mr Donnelly.

At its 429th plenary session held on 13 and 14 September 2006 (meeting of 13 September), the European Economic and Social Committee adopted the following opinion by 187 votes to one and seven abstentions.

1.   Introduction


The purpose of this proposal is to undertake a codification of Council Regulation (EEC) No 2730/75 of 29 October 1975 on glucose and lactose. The new Regulation will supersede the various acts incorporated in it; this proposal fully preserves the content of the acts being codified and hence does no more than bringing them together with only such formal amendments as are required by the codification exercise itself.

2.   General comments


In the context of a people's Europe, the European Economic and Social Committee supports the Commission in simplifying and clarifying Community law so as to make it clearer and more accessible to ordinary citizens, thus giving them new opportunities and the chance to make use of the specific rights it gives them.


The Committee believes that codification must be undertaken in full compliance with the normal Community legislative procedure.

Brussels, 13 September 2006.

The President

of the European Economic and Social Committee

Anne-Marie SIGMUND