§ Mr. Llew Smith
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what matters were discussed, what decisions taken, and which were decided by vote, at the EU Research Council on 29 September in Brussels.
Mr. Robert G. Hughes
The EU Research Council reached political agreement on seven specific programmes under the EU framework programme: information technologies, telematics applications of common interest; marine science and technology; standards, measurements and testing; co-operation with third countries; non-nuclear energy; and agriculture and fisheries, including agro-industry, food technologies, forestry, aquaculture and rural development. These will be formally adopted by the Council when the texts have been finalised. Furthermore, the Council reached a consensus on the controlled thermo-nuclear fusion programme under the Euratom framework programme. Member states also agreed a mandate for the Commission to negotiate a science and technology agreement with Israel.