Official Journal of the European Union

C 302/38

Opinion of the European Economic and Social Committee on the ‘Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the licensing of railway undertakings (codified version)’

(COM(2004) 232 final — 2004/0074 (COD))

(2004/C 302/09)

On 27 April 2004 the Council decided to consult the European Economic and Social Committee, under Article 71 of the Treaty establishing the European Community, on the abovementioned proposal.

The Section for Transport, Energy, Infrastructure and the Information Society, which was responsible for preparing the Committee's work on the subject, adopted its opinion on 10 June 2004. The rapporteur was Mr Chagas.

At its 410th plenary session (meeting of 30 June 2004) the European Economic and Social Committee adopted the following opinion with 160 votes in favour and ten abstentions:


The purpose of the proposal is to codify Council Directive 95/18/EC of 19 June 1995 on the licensing of railway undertakings (1).


Simplifying and clarifying Community law is a matter of great importance in the context of a people's Europe. The European Parliament, Council and Commission have therefore underlined the need to codify legislative acts that have been frequently amended, and agreed by interinstitutional agreement of 20 December 1994 that an accelerated procedure may be used. No substantive changes may be made to acts when they are codified.


The Commission proposal complies with this requirement, and the EESC therefore has no objections to raise.

Brussels, 30 June 2004.

The President

of the European Economic and Social Committee


(1)  OJ L 143 of 27.6.1995, p. 70 — EESC opinion: OJ C 393 of 31.12.1994, p. 56.