The Ministry letter includes a copy of the latest suggested version of the text which has been drawn up by the Luxembourg Presidency for consideration by the Commission and the Member States. This was discussed at the most recent meeting of attaches, on 6 November, and some changes are noted. The European Commission has indicated its unwillingness to accept any of the Parliament’s other suggested amendments.
The Ministry draws attention to two issues of concern to the UK - one relates to controls of flour treatment agents, the other relates to sulphur dioxide in dehydrated apples and pears.
Discussion on the text resume at COREPER on 16 November with the intention of reaching agreement to a Common Position at the Internal Market Council on 27 November. The Common Position would then be forwarded to the European Parliament for its second reading.