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Sunday 20 July 2008

E-notice regarding codification exercise

The European Commission has published a proposal for a codified version of the Council Regulation concerning supplementary protection certificate for medicinal products. The objective is not to improve or amend the law, but merely to reduce the volume of Community law. The proposal will involve the numbering of several articles and recitals of the existing legislation.

Remarkably, the claim is made that the volume of European Union legislation stands at around 85,000 pages. Anyone who regularly reads the Official Journal would be likely to guess that the real figure stood at many times that number.

Readers can review the proposed codified site here.

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