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CFSP Working Group Meetings: UK Representation

Lord Pearson of Rannoch asked Her Majesty's Government:

Baroness Scotland of Asthal: The United Kingdom is represented at all working group meetings: usually by one London-based member of staff, and by one member of staff based at the United Kingdom Representation to the European Union.

Nuclear Disarmament

Lord Judd asked Her Majesty's Government:

Baroness Scotland of Asthal: No. But the Government do agree that further early steps need to be taken towards nuclear disarmament and continue to press for progress.

United Nations: Modernisation

Lord Judd asked Her Majesty's Government:

Baroness Scotland of Asthal: We strongly support the efforts of the United Nations Secretary-General to modernise the UN to make it more efficient and effective and better able to meet the needs of all its members. In particular, we want to see the implementation of modern management and budgetary practices. Together with our EU partners, we look forward to a high-level discussion on strengthening the UN at the Millennium Summit in New York in September.

WEU Parliamentary Assembly

Lord Judd asked Her Majesty's Government:

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Baroness Scotland of Asthal: We are committed to parliamentary scrutiny of European defence by national parliaments. Discussions on the future of the WEU Assembly are at an early stage. The WEU Assembly proposal for the creation of a European Security and Defence Assembly is one of the options under consideration.

Zimbabwe: Human Rights

The Earl of Caithness asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will seek to have Zimbabwe's human rights record investigated by the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group.[HL1729]

Baroness Scotland of Asthal: Although deeply worrying, developments in Zimbabwe do not, at this stage, amount to serious or persistent violations of human rights which would trigger an investigation by the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG).

Yugoslavia: Flight Ban Suspension

Lord Hogg of Cumbernauld asked Her Majesty's Government:

    When the European Union flight ban against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia was suspended.[HL1744]

Baroness Scotland of Asthal: I refer to the Written Answer given by the Minister of State for Europe to my honourable friend the member for Gedling on 14 March 2000, Official Report, column 142W. The EC regulation required to give effect to Common Position 2000/176/CFSP suspending the flight ban against the FRY was adopted by the Council of the European Union on 20 March 2000. EC Regulation 607/2000 came into force on 22 March and, in addition to suspending EC Regulation 2151/1999 imposing the flight ban until 28 August 2000, permits, in relation to the suspension of the flight ban, specific exemptions from Regulation 1294/1999 concerning a freeze of funds and a ban on investment and from Regulation 2111/1999 prohibiting the sale and supply of petroleum and petroleum products to certain parts of the FRY.

European Union: Forthcoming Council Business

Baroness Serota asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will list the forthcoming business in the Council of European Union for April and list the major European Union events for the next six months.[HL1745]

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Baroness Scotland of Asthal: See attached.

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. Monthly Forecast of EU Business: April 2000

April

3 to 4--Cairo--EU-Africa Summit

Socio-economic Issues

Prospects for Regional Integration

Integrating Africa into the world economy, including trade, investment, transfer of technology and debt.

Political Issues

Human rights, democratic principles and institutions, good governance and rule of law, including empowering the civil society, terrorism, migration issues and xenophobia.

Peace building, conflict prevention, management and resolution, including refugees and illegal arms trafficking.

Development Issues

Challenges to sustainable development in Africa, including poverty eradication, investment in human resources, education, health and environment.

4--Brussels--Intergovernmental Conference (Preparatory Group)


    No agenda available.

7 to 8--Lisbon--ECOFIN Council (Informal)


    No formal agenda.

10 to 11--Luxembourg--General Affairs Council


    No agenda yet available.

11--Luxembourg--EU/Turkey Assocation Council


    Agenda not yet finalised.

10 to 14--Strasbourg--European Parliament Plenary


    No agenda yet available.

13--Luxembourg--Consumer Affairs Council


    No agenda yet available.

14 to 16--Oporto--Environment Council (Informal)


    No formal agenda.

17 to 18--Luxembourg--Agriculture Council


    No agenda yet available.

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: April to September 2000

DateLocationEvent
April
3-4CairoEU-Africa Summit
4BrusselsIntergovernmental Conference (Preparatory Group)
7-8LisbonECOFIN Council (Informal)
10-11LuxembourgGeneral Affairs Council
11LuxembourgEU/Turkey Association Council
10-14StrasbourgEuropean Parliament Plenary
13LuxembourgConsumer Affairs Council
15-16OportoEnvironment Council (Informal)
17-18LuxembourgAgriculture Council
May
2BrusselsTelecommunications Council
3-4BrusselsEuropean Parliament Plenary
5-7San Miguel, AzoresInformal Meeting of Foreign Ministers
8BrusselsECOFIN Council
8LisbonEU/New Zealand Ministerial
11BrusselsHealth Council
15-16BrusselsAgriculture Council
15-16OportoWEU Council
15-19StrasbourgEuropean Parliament Plenary
16BrusselsCulture Council
18BrusselsIndustry Council
18BrusselsDevelopment Council
22-23BrusselsGeneral Affairs Council
25BrusselsInternal Market Council
25-26LisbonEuroMed Foreign Ministers Meeting (Informal)
28-30EvoraAgriculture Council (Informal)
29-30BrusselsJustice and Home Affairs Council
30BrusselsEnergy Council
June
5LuxembourgECOFIN Council
6LuxembourgSocial Affairs Council
7FijiACP/EU Ministerial
8FijiSigning of post Lome convention
8LuxembourgEducation Council
13-14LuxembourgGeneral Affairs Council
13-16StrasbourgEuropean Parliament Plenary
15LuxembourgResearch Council
16LuxembourgFisheries Council
19-20LuxembourgAgriculture Council
19-20Sta. Maria da FeiraEuropean Council
21-23Cyprus3rd Euro-Mediterranean Conference
22-23LuxembourgEnvironment Council
26-27LuxembourgTransport Council
28LisbonEU/India Summit
July
3-7StrasbourgEuropean Parliament Plenary
6-7LilleCulture Council
7-8ParisSocial Affairs Council (Informal)
10-11BrusselsGeneral Affairs Council
15-16ParisEnvironment Council (Informal)
17BrusselsECOFIN Council
17-18BrusselsAgriculture Council
24BrusselsBudget Council
27BangkokASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) Ministerial
28-29BangkokASEAN Post Ministerial
28-29ArlesJustice & Home Affairs Council (Informal)
August
There are no Councils scheduled for this month.
September
1-2EvianGymnich
3-5BiarritzAgriculture Council (Informal)
6New YorkEU/Ukraine Summit
9-10Paris (tbc)ECOFIN Council (Informal)
18BrusselsTelecommunications Council
18-19BrusselsGeneral Affairs Council
25-26BrusselsAgriculture Council
28BrusselsECOFIN Council
28BrusselsInternal Market Council
28-29MarseillesJustice and Home Affairs Council

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