Brussels, 11 Apr 2005
No. Cion prop.: 6775/05 EEE 5 RECH 41 BUDGET 2 N 3
ISL 5 FL 1
Subject: Draft Decision of the EEA Joint Committee amending Protocol 31 to the EEA Agreement on co-operation in specific fields outside the four freedoms (European security research - 2005)
Consultation deadline: 19-04-2005
1. The Commission submitted the above draft Decision of the EEA Joint Committee for approval by the Council on 24 February 2005.
2. In order to ensure the requisite legal security and homogeneity of the Internal Market, the EEA Joint Committee is to integrate all the relevant Community legislation into the European Economic Area Agreement as soon as possible after its adoption.
3. Protocol 31 to the EEA Agreement contains specific provisions on the co-operation between the Community and the EEA - EFTA States outside the four freedoms.
4. The attached draft Decision of the EEA Joint Committee aims to modify Protocol 31 to extend co-operation in the field of research and technological development. It provides for a framework for co-operation and sets out the modalities for participation of the EEA - EFTA States in the Community Programmes and actions as from 1 January 2005, related to the following budget line of the general EU 2005 Budget:
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