§ Mr. Nigel Evans
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will publish a statement on the forthcoming business in the European Community's Council of Ministers.789W
§ Mr. Heathcoat-Amory
The information is as follows:
Council of Ministers' business for December 19931. The following meetings are planned.2 December: Special Foreign Affairs Council.2 December: Development Council.2-3 December: Environment Council.5 December: Special ECOFIN Council.6 December: Research Council.6-7 December: Foreign Affairs Council.7 December: Telecommunications Council.10 December: Energy Council.10-11 December: European Council.13-16 December: Agriculture Council.13-14 December: ECOFIN Council.13 December: Health Council.16 December: Internal Market Council.17 December: Industry Council.20-21 December: Foreign Affairs Council.20-21 December: Fisheries Council.22 December: Social Affairs Council.
2. The following subjects are likely to be discussed.
(a) 2 December. Foreign Affairs CouncilUruguay RoundGATTCommercial Defence Instruments
(b) 2-3 December: Development CouncilDevelopment Co-operation policy in the run-up to 2000Rehabilitation AidMid-term review of Lomé IVDemocracy, human rights and developmentFollow-up to UNCEDRelations with South AfricaProjects concerning tropical forests
(c) 2-3 December: Environment CouncilCar emissionsPackagingOzone Layer RegulationCopenhagen Amendment Ratification DecisionAmendment to Hazardous Waste DirectiveAmendment to Birds DirectiveClimate change (including Convention Ratification Decision) LandfillPCBS/PCTSCivil liability Green PaperUNCED follow-upImplementation and enforcement of EC law
(d) 5 December: Special ECOFIN CouncilPreparation for European Council 10-11 DecemberBroad economic guidelines (article 103(2) of Treaty on European Union)
(e) 6 December: Research CouncilFourth Framework Programme—adoption of common position (Poss)Council Resolution on Material Test Reactors—adoption (Poss) Negotiate Mandate for ITER Protocol 2—adoption (Poss) Sprint—extension—adoption.
(f)6-7 December: Foreign Affairs CouncilPreparation of 10-11 December European CouncilPublication of votes (Poss)Access to informationRevision of Council Rules of ProcedureRight to vote and stand in EP elections (Poss)Accession negotiationsInstitutional aspects of enlargementRelations with Morocco (Poss)Negotiating mandate for new agreementRelations with Tunisia (Poss)Negotiating mandate for new agreementRelations with Israel (Poss)Negotiating mandate for new agreementRelations with Russia (Poss)PCAUruguay roundMember State participation in MTODual-use Goods (Poss)790WEx-YugoslaviaSouth Africa: joint action (Poss)Middle East: joint action (Poss)Appointment of European Observer for Cyprus problemEuropean Energy CharterAnti-dumping (Poss)Dead-burned magnesite from China
(g) 7 December: Telecommunications CouncilAgenda available.
(h) 10 December: Energy CouncilHydrocarbons Licensing DirectiveCoal State Aids DecisionInternal Energy MarketCommission Communications onThermieEnergy Objectives to the year 2005Trans-European Energy NetworksEnergy Charter TreatyEnergy Safety in Eastern Europe/FSU
(i) 10-11 December: European CouncilWhite Book on Growth, Competitiveness and Employment Article 103 broad economic policy guidelinesGATTEnlargement, including institutional issuesSubsidiarityBallardur Stability PactFormer YugoslaviaJustice/Home Affairs Co-operation
(j) 13-16 December: Agriculture CouncilSet-asideOilseedsAgrimoneySugarNew Zealand butterNew Zealand sheepmeatPesticidesPlant breeders rightsAnimal feeding stuffs (enzymes)Inspection feesWelfare at slaughterWelfare in transportPoultry/poultry meatBeef market (poss)Sheep market (poss)
(k) 13-14 December: ECOFIN CouncilFollow-up to European Council 10-11 December 1993 (adoption of Council recommendation on broad economic policy guidelines).Report on progress with economic and monetary convergence and with the implementation of Community law concerning the Single Market.Interest rate subsidies for EIB loans to small and medium-sized enterprises.Progress with ratification of the European Investment Fund.Preparation of the second stage of EMU.Listing particulars directive (document 4199/93, COM (92)566).(Poss) Amending directive on the co-ordination of laws, regulations and administrative provisions relating to the Undertakings for Collective Investment in Transferable Securities (UCITS) (document 4901/93. COM(93)226)(Poss) Withholding tax on savings.Carbon/Energy Tax (document 7018/92, COM(92)226) 7th VAT directive.(Poss) Excise duties on mineral oils.(Poss) Interest and Royalties Directive.Portuguese Convergence ProgrammeTaxation of Savings(Poss) Interest and Royalties Directive
(l) 13 December: Health CouncilDraft Resolution on Europe Against Cancer Programme (4832/93)Draft Resolution on the Extension of Europe against AIDS Programme into 1994 (9397/93)Draft Conclusions on Blood and Blood Products (4593/93)Draft Conclusions on a European Epidemiological Network (9400/93)791WDraft Council Directive on Tobacco Advertising (COM(92)196 final).Any other business.
(m) 16 December: Internal Market Council(Poss) Data Protection(Poss) Recreational Craft(poss) Motor Cycle Power(poss) Economie Sociale(poss) Trademarks(poss) European Pharmacopoeia(poss) Legal Protection of Biotechnological Inventions(poss) Pension Funds(poss) 14th amendment to Marketing and Use of Dangerous Substances Directive(poss) Food Labelling(poss) Additives other than sweeteners and colours
(n) 17 December: Industry Councilagenda unavailable
(o) 20/21 December: Foreign Affairs CouncilEnlargement negotiations in the margins.
(p) 20/21 December: Fisheries CouncilTACS and Quotas (all elements)StructuresSpain and PortugalThird country landings licensingRestructuring of fishing fleets
(q) 22 December: Social Affairs Councilagenda unavailable