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Legislative programme for 1994: European Parliament and Commission Joint Declaration

The European Parliament and the Commission have issued a Joint Declaration on the legislative programme submitted by the Commission, setting out the proposals it intends to put forward over 1994 together with an indicative calendar.

The Declaration establishes as priorities t...
The European Parliament and the Commission have issued a Joint Declaration on the legislative programme submitted by the Commission, setting out the proposals it intends to put forward over 1994 together with an indicative calendar.

The Declaration establishes as priorities the following:

- Implementation of the Community-level measures for realization of the objectives of the White Paper on Growth, Competitiveness and Employment, including the establishment of trans-European networks, the institution of the Fourth RTD Framework Programme and the setting up of the Cohesion Fund, in a context of sustainable economic development;

- Implementation of the Community Charter of the Fundamental Social Rights of Workers and application of the protocol on social policy.

A number of RTD-related areas are also covered in the Joint Declaration:

The Commission shall carry out clarificatory and complementary actions on the updating of the fifth programme for the environment, especially as regards the undertakings made at the Rio Earth Summit (Agenda 21) accompanied where relevant by proposals.

All possible measures shall be undertaken on water and air quality.

All possible measures shall be undertaken with a view to ensuring that a final decision is reached by the end of the present Parliamentary term on proposals for:

- The Fourth Framework Programme;
- The Cohesion Fund;
- The Agency for Health and Safety at Work;
- The implementation of the Treaty on European Union (the Maastricht Treaty) relating to education (the SOCRATES and "Youth For Europe" programmes) and vocational training (the LEONARDO programme).

Parliament shall ensure that these subjects are debated in good time so that the procedures can be concluded during the first half of 1994.

All possible action will be undertaken so that a final decision is reached by 1 January 1995 on:

- Trans-European networks;
- Updating of the fifth programme for the environment;
- Safety in land, sea and air transport.

In order to achieve the above, and the other measures described in the Joint Declaration, the three institutions (Commission, Parliament, Council) are invited to draw up a joint calendar for the common positions and second readings of the Parliament and Council for the period covering the end of the present Parliamentary term and the beginning of the next term, to ensure that no delay is incurred by Parliament during the election period.

At the same time, the institutions are invited to determine means of ensuring effective reciprocal information concerning the progress of work on priorities of common interest.

The EP/Commission code of conduct on cooperation in the area of legislative activity shall be revised with a view to adapting it to the entry into force of the Treaty on European Union and the interinstitutional agreements of 25 October 1993.
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