HC Deb 02 February 1995 vol 253 cc784-5W
Mr. Spring

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on forthcoming business in the Council of the European Union.

Mr. Goodlad

The following meets are planned:

Date Business
February 6–7 Foreign Affairs Council
February 20 ECOFIN
February 20–21 Agriculture Council

The following subjects are likely to be discussed:

6 to 7 February: Foreign Affairs Council Provisional agenda. Adoption of the agenda Approval of the list of "A" items Resolutions adopted by the European Parliament at its part-session (Strasbourg, 16–20 January 1995) Commission report on the setting up of the WTO, policy debate on the sectoral negotiations (aeronautics, steel, negotiating directives on services) and on new subjects (environment, Social standards) Negotiations under article XXIV-6 of GATT following Enlargement: adoption of negotiating directives Relations with the countries of cEntral and eastern Europe Commission report on the preparation of the White Paper Current state of negotiations with the Baltic Countries Slovenia: Adoption of negotiating directives Stability pact, including submission by the Commission of the report on accompanying measures Former Yugoslavia, in particular: financing the Mostar administration in 1995 Chechnya Ukraine: European Union action programme for nuclear safety progress report Mediterranean policy (poss) Relations with Israel Preparation for the 13th meeting of the EC-Israel cooperation council at ministerial level. Mid term review of the Lomé IV and 8th EDF preparation for the second ministerial conference to renegotiate the fourth ACP-EC convention (Brussels, 16 and 17 February 1995) Rum: discontinuation of the ACP and OCT import quotas and measures to be adopted within the framework of Poseidom (poss) Preparation for the Panama meeting with the San Jose group (23 and 24 February 1995) Adoption in the official languages of the communities of a common position on the directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data.

20 February, ECOFIN Presentation by Commission of work programme within ECOFIN's area of competence Follow up to Essen European Council Fight against money laundering. Examination of Commission report Fight against fraud. Commission work programme for 1995 Preparation for meeting with associated countries of central and Eastern Europe.

20 to 21 February: Agriculture Council Reform of the wine regime Reform of the sugar regime Set-aside (biomass) CAP financing Rules for the recovery of FEOGA securities Amending directive 64/432 (trade in live animals).

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