The benefits of accession have since been reaffirmed in the Commission's White Paper on food safety (published on 12 January 2000).--In procedural terms, the Community was required to submit a request for the inclusion of the question of the accession of a "regional economic integration organisations
" on the agenda of the meeting of the Codex Alimentarius Committee on General Principles in Paris at the end of April, in order to permit the Codex to amend its statutes and thus open the way for membership of organisations such as the Community.
--Introduced in 1975, the CITES Convention was amended in 1983 to allow regional economic integration organisations
, such as the EU, to become full members.
States and regional economic integration organisations
(EU, EFTA, NAFTA etc) can now sign it at the UN headquarters in New York.
On the question of arrangements between the Council and Commission for preparing for Codex meetings, declarations and exercising voting rights, the Commission has undertaken to ensure proposals tabled to Codex are broadly based on those applied under the FAO, and in the light of the Member States' expertise.In procedural terms, the EU authorities sent a letter last April to the Codex Alimentarius General Principles Committee to ask for consideration to be given to the issue of the membership of "regional economic integration organisations
," so as to allow Codex to change its statutes and allow the likes of the EU to join.