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Millennium Compliance Information for Businesses

Lord Monkswell asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean): Action 2000 are summarising on their website information which is already publicly available from other countries' official Year 2000 web pages. This is designed to assist businesses by providing the information in one place. In addition the Government are in the process of gathering local information which will be placed on the FCO website.

Ministerial Meetings with KLA

Lord Kennet asked Her Majesty's Government:

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: It is for the KLA to choose its own representatives: this is not a matter for Her Majesty's Government. What matters is ensuring that the KLA fulfils its undertaking to demilitarise. We have no means of quantifying the extent of public support for the KLA. It is one political grouping among many in Kosovo. Ministers have met a wide variety of Kosovo Albanian leaders and opinion formers, most recently when the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (accompanied by his French, German and Italian colleagues) visited Kosovo on 23 June.

Treaty of Lausanne

Lord Hylton asked Her Majesty's Government:

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: We do not consider that there is any scope for widening the provisions of the Treaty of Lausanne of 1923 in the manner proposed.

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Reopening the treaty, which constitutes the peace settlement between Turkey and the Allied Powers after the First World War, would require the co-operation and approval of all signatories to that treaty, including Turkey.

South East Turkey: School Closures

Lord Hylton asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will raise in the Council of Europe the number of primary and secondary schools in the south east region of Turkey that are currently closed, together with the question of appropriate languages for education.[HL3237]

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: We have repeatedly urged the Turkish Government to recognise the cultural and educational aspirations of the Kurdish population of south east Turkey, including the issue of use of the Kurdish language.

We have no plans to raise the issue of school closures in south east Turkey in the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers. We have, however, taken up the issue of social regeneration in south east Turkey with the Turkish authorities on a bilateral level. We understand that the Turkish government attaches a high priority to the reopening of schools in the region.

Council of the European Union: Forthcoming Business

Baroness Thornton asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will list the forthcoming business in the Council of the European Union for July; and whether they will list the major European Union events for the next six months.[HL3472]

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: See attached.

Monthly forecast of business: July 1999

DateLocationEvent
July 1999
2-3OuluIndustry and Research Ministers (Informal)
9-10OuluLabour/Social Affairs Ministers (Informal)
12BrusselsECOFIN
16BrusselsBudget Council
18-20SavonlinnaCulture and Audiovisual Ministers (Informal)
19-20BrusselsGeneral Affairs Council
19-20BrusselsAgriculture Council
20-23StrasbourgEuropean Parliament Plenary
23-25HelsinkiEnvironment Ministers (Informal)
28BrusselsPreparatory Meeting for EU-ACP Ministerial Meeting on 29-30 July
29-30BrusselsEU-ACP Ministerial Meeting

No agendas have yet been circulated for the above meetings.


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This calendar is primarily concerned with European Union matters, but certain other relevant events are also included. Events and dates quoted are based on the information available on the date of issue.

European Calendar: July-December 1999

DateLocationEvent
July 1999
2-3OuluIndustry and Research Ministers (Informal)
9-10OuluLabour/Social Affairs Ministers (Informal)
12BrusselsECOFIN
16BrusselsBudget Council
18-20SavonlinnaCulture and Audiovisual Ministers (Informal)
19-20BrusselsGeneral Affairs Council
19-20BrusselsAgriculture Council
20-23StrasbourgEuropean Parliament Plenary
23-25HelsinkiEnvironment Ministers (Informal)
28BrusselsPreparatory Meeting for EU-ACP Ministerial Meeting on 29-30 July
29-30BrusselsEU-ACP Ministerial Meeting
August 1999
No Council Business
September 1999
4-5SaariselkaForeign Ministers (Informal)
10-11TurkuECOFIN (Informal)
12-14TampereAgriculture Ministers (Informal)
13-14BrusselsGeneral Affairs Council
13-17StrasbourgEuropean Parliament Plenary
16-17TurkuJustice and Home Affairs Ministers (Informal)
24-25TampereEducation Ministers (Informal)
27-28KuopioMinisters of Housing
27-28BrusselsAgriculture Council
30 Sep- 1 OctHelsinkiMinisterial Conference on Equality between Women and Men
October 1999
1FlorenceTrade Ministers (Informal)
4-5LuxembourgJustice and Home Affairs Council
4-5TampereRegional Policy Ministers
4-8StrasbourgEuropean Parliament Plenary
6LuxembourgTransport Council
8LuxembourgECOFIN
11-12LuxembourgGeneral Affairs Council
11-12LuxembourgEnvironment Council
15-16TampereSpecial European Council
18-19LuxembourgAgriculture Council
22LuxembourgLabour/Social Affairs Council
24-25HelsinkiEnergy Ministers Task Force Meeting
25-29StrasbourgEuropean Parliament Plenary
26LuxembourgFisheries Council
28LuxembourgResearch Council
29LuxembourgJustice and Home Affairs Council
November 1999
3-4BrusselsEuropean Parliament Plenary
8BrusselsECOFIN
8BrusselsConsumer Affairs Council
9BrusselsIndustry Council
11BrusselsDevelopment Council
12BrusselsLabour & Social Affairs Council (possible)
11-12HelsinkiMinisterial Conference on the Northern Dimension
15-16BrusselsAgriculture Council
15-16BrusselsGeneral Affairs Council
15-19StrasbourgEuropean Parliament Plenary
18BrusselsHealth Council
19BrusselsYouth Council
22BrusselsFisheries Council (possible)
22-23BrusselsEU-ACP Ministerial Meeting (possible)
23BrusselsCulture and Audiovisual Council
26BrusselsBudget Council
26BrusselsEducation Council
29BrusselsECOFIN
29BrusselsLabour & Social Affairs Council
30BrusselsTelecommunications Council
December 1999
1-2BrusselsEuropean Parliament Plenary
2BrusselsEnergy Council
2-3BrusselsJustice and Home Affairs Council
6-7BrusselsGeneral Affairs Council
7BrusselsInternal Market Council
9-10BrusselsTransport Council
10-11HelsinkiEuropean Council
13-14BrusselsEnvironment Council
13-17StrasbourgEuropean Parliament Plenary
14-15BrusselsAgriculture Council
16-17BrusselsFisheries Council

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Green Top Milk

Lord Lucas asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they are committed to ensuring the continued availability of green top milk.[HL3244]

The Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Lord Donoughue): Following a review of policy, the Government announced on 20 January this year that sales of raw cows' drinking milk would not be stopped but that tighter measures will be introduced to benefit those who choose to drink such milk. The decision reflects consumers' right to choose for themselves and that those who do choose to drink raw milk need to know that there are associated risks.


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