Food Law News - EU - 2008

Council of Ministers Minutes, 20 November 2008

WEIGHTS - Council reach Common Position on units of measurement proposal

The following is an extract from the minutes of the Agriculture Council meeting held 18-20 November 2008.

The Council adopted a common position on a proposal for a Directive improving the system of units of measurement within the EU (11915/08 and 11915/08 ADD1).

The common position, which follows from the political agreement reached within the Council on 15 July, will be referred to the European Parliament for a second reading in accordance with the codecision procedure.

The common position proposes to amend Directive 80/181/EEC, which lays down the legal units of measurement within the EU, and is based on the International System of Units (SI).

The new provisions of the Directive are intended to:

The text should apply to Member States from 1 January 2010.

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