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In addition to this, the Military Assistance Fund provides approximately £500,000 a year for the Baltic States. The majority of this is spent supporting the joint Baltic military projects (Baltic Peacekeeping Battalion BALTBAT, Baltic Mine Squadron BALTRON, etc). The remainder covers smaller bilateral activities. Expenditure is roughly equal in each of the three states. The UK Military Training Assistance Scheme (UKMTAS) has spent almost £1 million on the Baltic States since 1995.
Our programmes of assistance have supported priorities identified by the governments concerned, and we have had frequent indications from them that our support has been well targeted and effective. Our contracting procedures ensure that the consultants who implement our projects provide good value for money.
|April 7||Luxembourg||Social Affairs Council|
|April 20-21||Luxembourg||Agriculture Council|
|April 21||Luxembourg||ECOFIN Council|
|April 23||Luxembourg||Consumer Affairs Council|
|April 24-26||Chester||Environment and Transport (Informal)|
|April 27-28||Luxembourg||General Affairs Council|
|April 30||Luxembourg||Health Council|
The following subjects are likely to be discussed:
April 7: Social Affairs Council
National Employment Action Plans (taken with ELMC 1998 Work Programme): Political debate.
European Community Statute: Political debate.
Protection of workers from asbestos: Adoption of Council Conclusions.
Fundamental Review of Regulation 1408/71 (Social Security): Political debate.
Action plan against racism and xenophobia: Presentation.
Working time: Excluded sectors: Presentation.
Report of the High-level Group on industrial restructuring: Presentation.
Protection of workers from carcinogens: Presentation.
Directive on protection of workers from chemical agents: Possible A point.
Modifications to Regulation 1408/71 (Social Security)--miscellaneous amendments: Possible A point.
April 20-21: Agriculture Council
Agenda not yet available.
April 21: Ecofin Council
EIB lending to Bosnia.
Access to Capital.
Preparation of Stage 3 of EMU.
Package of measures for SMEs.
Proposal for a European Parliament and Council Directive on the sale of consumer goods and associated guarantees: Common position.
Effective application and enforcement of the Community consumer legislation: Debate.
European Home and Leisure Accidents Surveillance System (EHLASS): Exchange of views on the state of work.
Proposal for a Decision of the European Parliament and the Council establishing a general framework for Community activities in favour of consumers: Presentation by the Commission and (possible) exchange of views.
Proposal for a European Parliament and Council Directive on the distance selling of financial services. Presentation by the Commission.
(possible) Evaluation report by the Commission on priorities for consumer policy: Presentation by the Commission.
Commission Action Plan on the extrajudicial settlement of consumer disputes: Presentation by the Commission of the state of work.
April 24-26: Environment and Transport (Informal)
No formal agenda.
April 27-28: General Affairs Council
Agenda 2000 (possible item).
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|1-3||Strasbourg||European Parliament Plenary|
|3-5||Leeds Castle||G8 Environment Ministerial|
|6-7||London||DTI Enterprising Europe Conference|
|7||Luxembourg||Social Affairs Council|
|23||Luxembourg||Consumer Affairs Council|
|24-26||Chester||Environment & Transport (Informal)|
|27-28||Luxembourg||General Affairs Council|
|1-3||Brussels||Ecofin & Special EMU Council|
|5||Brussels||Political Committee (t.b.c.)|
|5-6||Belfast||EU Ministers Womens Forum (Informal)|
|8-9||London||G8 Foreign & Finance Ministerial|
|11||Brussels||Energy Council (t.b.c.)|
|11||Brussels||Euro-Med Energy Ministerial|
|11-15||Strasbourg||European Parliament Plenary|
|14-15||London||Innovative Partnerships for Competitiveness Conference|
|14-16||London||Conference on Culture and Employment|
|18||Brussels||Internal Market Council|
|18-20||Northern Ireland||Regional Affairs Committee|
|20||London||EU Public Administration Ministers meeting|
|25-26||Brussels||General Affairs Council|
|27-28||Brussels||European Parliament Plenary|
|28||Brussels||Culture and Audiovisual Council|
|28-29||Brussels||Justice & Home Affairs Council|
|4||Luxembourg||Education & Social Affairs Council|
|8-9||Luxembourg||General Affairs Council (t.b.c.)|
|8-9||Glasgow||Regional Policy/Spatial Planning Ministers' informal|
|15-19||Strasbourg||European Parliament Plenary|
|17||Luxembourg||Joint Environment & Transport Council|
|19||Glasgow||Energy & Environment Conference|
|25||Brussels||Presidency Biotechnology Round Table|
|29-30||Luxembourg||General Affairs Council (t.b.c.)|
|1-2||Brussels||European Parliament Plenary|
|8-10||Innsbruck||Employment/Social Affairs/Women (Informal)|
|13-14||Luxembourg||General Affairs Council|
|17-19||Luxembourg||Environment Council (Informal)|
|5-6||Salzburg||Foreign Ministers (Informal)|
|7-8||Brussels||Special Committee on Agriculture|
|14-15||Brussels||Special Committee on Agriculture|
|19-22||St. Wolfgang, Austria||Agriculture Council (Informal)|
|24||Brussels||Justice & Home Affairs|
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