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Proposal for a Council Regulation (EC) laying down certain technical measures for the conservation of fishery resources in the waters of the Baltic Sea, the Belts and the Sound (codified version) (presented by the Commission). COM (97) 139 final, 8 April 1997.

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COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES Brussels, 08.04.1997 COM(97) 139 final 97/ 0013 (CNS) Proposal for a ÇQUNCH, REGULATION (JSC) laying down certain technical measures for the conservation of fishery resources in the waters of the Baltic Sea, the Belts and the Sound (codified version) (presented by the Commission) EXPIANATORY MEMORANDUM 1. In the context of a people's Europe, the Commission attaches great importance to simplifying and clarifying Community law so as to make it clearer and more accessible to the ordinary citizen, thus giving him new opportunities and the chance to make use of the specific rights it gives him. This aim cannot be achieved so long as numerous provisions that have been amended several times, often quite substantially, remain scattered, so that they must be sought partly in the original instrument and partly in later amending ones. Considerable re- search work, comparing many different instruments, is thus needed to identify the current rules. For this reason a consolidation of rules that have frequendy been amended is also essential if Community law is to be clear and transparent 2. On 1 April 1987 the Commission therefore decided to instruct its staff that all legis- lative measures should be consolidated after no more than ten amendments, stressing that this was a minimum requirement and that departments should endeavour to con- solidate at even shorter intervals the texts for which they were responsible, to ensure that the Community rules were clear and readily understandable. 3. The Conclusions of the Presidency of the Edinburgh European Council (December 1992) confirmed this, stressing the importance of legislative consolidation as it offers certainty as to the law applicable to a given matter at a given time. It must be undertaken in full compliance with the normal Community legislative pro- cedure. Given that no changes of substance may be made to the instruments affected by legis- lative consolid

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