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On 12 June 2014, the Commission presented a proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council codifying Council Regulation (EC) No 673/2005 of 25 April 2005 establishing additional customs duties on imports of certain products originating in the United States of America. In its opinion of 17 September 2014 the Consultative Working Party of the legal services has stated that the proposal referred to in point 1 does indeed confine itself to straightforward codification, without any substantive changes to the acts covered by it. On 17 July 2015, the Commission presented an amended proposal for the codification of Regulation (EC) No 673/2005, following subsequent amendments to it. In its further opinion of 17 December 2015 the Consultative Working Party of the legal services has stated that that amended proposal does indeed confine itself to straightforward codification, without any substantive changes to the acts covered by it. Having regard to the amendments adopted in respect of Regulation (EC) No 673/2005and in view of the work already carried out in the course of the legislative procedure, the Commission has decided to present – in accordance with Article 293(2) of the TFEU – another amended proposal for codification of the Regulation in question.