Select Committee on Defence First Special Report


ANNEX G: Committee Recommendations: Progress (continued)

Eighth Report: European Security and Defence (HC 264) Published: 11 May 2000
Government Reply: Tenth Special Report (HC 732) Published: 2 August 2000

 Recommendations and undertakings Government Response Committee Response/Follow-up Further GovernmentAction Notes
1.That the Prime Minister report convincing evidence of progress towards achievement of the headline goal following each European Council between now and the end of 2002. (Para 54) See statement to the House on 10th December 2000.      
2.For those EU countries which are also members of NATO, their military representatives to NATO and to the EU should be "double-hatted" whenever possible. (Para 61) To be resolved.   Evidence to be taken from Secretary of State on 28 February 2001
 Recommendations and undertakings Government Response Committee Response/Follow-up Further GovernmentAction Notes
3.That the Chairman of the EMC should come from one of the EU NATO Allies, that the relationship between the Chairman of the EMC and the High Representative should be clearly defined as one of equality before the Council, and that the Chairman of the EMC should have the right of direct access to both the General Affairs Council and the European Council. (Para 62) To be resolved.   Evidence to be taken from Secretary of State on 28 February 2001
4.That DSACEUR should have the right to attend all meetings of the European Military Committee. (Para 63) DSACEUR should 'normally participate as appropriate'.    Evidence to be taken from Secretary of State on 28 February 2001
5.That the European Military Staff should not become permanent employees of the Council but should continue to be drawn on secondment from the armed forces of the member states, probably for periods of between two and four years. (Para 64) To be resolved.   Evidence to be taken from Secretary of State on 28 February 2001
 Recommendations and undertakings Government Response Committee Response/Follow-up Further GovernmentAction Notes
6.That the EMS is explicitly tasked with maintaining and improving interoperability not only across EU forces but across the whole of NATO. (Para 65) To be resolved.   Evidence to be taken from Secretary of State on 28 February 2001
7.That the special status of the six is formally and fully acknowledged in a structure for the non-EU European Allies, which exists alongside but is fully integrated with the EU structures. (Para 74) To be resolved.   Evidence to be taken from Secretary of State on 28 February 2001
8.The continued existence of the WEAG and the WEAO, should governments see a need for them, does not require the WEU umbrella for them to shelter beneath. (Para 78) Work to be done.   Evidence to be taken from Secretary of State on 28 February 2001
9.That there is a need for further consideration of the cost-effectiveness of the Torrejon satellite facility and the grounds for continued UK participation in it. (Para 79) Being considered.    Evidence to be taken from Secretary of State on 28 February 2001
 Recommendations and undertakings Government Response Committee Response/Follow-up Further GovernmentAction Notes
10.That it would be best to ensure a clean break with the WEU and, once it has completed its purpose, for it and its dependent organisations to be wound-up, transferred or floated-off as rapidly as possible, with as little institutional residue as can be achieved, and with any remaining running costs brought as near as possible to zero. (Para 80) Being considered.    Evidence to be taken from Secretary of State on 28 February 2001
11.The setting-up of the CESDP means that the democratic deficit in holding the Council of Ministers to account for actions taken under the provisions of the 'second pillar' of the EU has become more apparent and the finding of a solution more urgent. Any proposal to remedy this must recognise the intergovernmental nature of the pillar's arrangements by emphasising the role of national parliaments. (Para 83) Being considered.    Prime Minister proposed second chamber of EP made up of members of national parliaments.




 
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