A. GENERAL POLICY QUESTIONS
7. COMMISSION COMMUNICATION ON SUPPORT FOR STRUCTURAL
ADJUSTMENT AND DEBT RELIEF IN HEAVILY INDEBTED ACP STATES: A COMMUNITY
RESPONSE TO THE HIPC DEBT INITIATIVE (7158/97)
Letter from Lord Tordoff, Chairman of the Committee,
to Helen Liddell MP, Economic Secretary to the Treasury
Document 7158/97 has been scrutinised by Sub-Committee A
and the Select Committee. We note that your Explanatory Memorandum
of 22 May refers to a number of options for facilitating EU participation
in the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) debt initiative
which will be considered by Ministers in due course.
We think that the HIPC debt initiative raises important issues
about the relationship between the EU and the Lome« countries.
We should be grateful to be kept informed of developments in handling
these issues. This letter does not raise the scrutiny reserve
on document 7158/97.
3 July 1997