HL Deb 03 November 1995 vol 566 cc177-8WA
Lord Skelmersdale

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they will report on the outcome of the EU Foreign Affairs Council of 30 October.

Baroness Chalker of Wallasey

The A points listed in Document 11057/95 (which will be deposited in the Libraries of the House as soon as it is available) were adopted unanimously.

The Council took note of resolutions in Documents 9914/95 (PE-RE 61) and 10679/95 (PE-RE 67). A copy of these documents will be deposited in the Libraries of the House as soon as they are available.

An Association Council with Turkey took place. The Council decided on the implementation of the EU/Turkey Customs Union agreement.

The Presidency noted Latvia's application to join the EU, lodged in Madrid on 27 October. The Council agreed on a formal acknowledgement referring to the procedure laid down in Article O of the Treaty.

The Council reached agreement on participation in the Euro-Mediterranean Conference at Barcelona on 27 November.

The Council discussed a draft Association Agreement with Morocco. A special Foreign Affairs Council is to be convened on 10 November with the aim of reaching final agreement, preceded by discussion in the Committee of Permanent Representatives.

The Commission presented a Communication on strengthening EU/Latin America relations in the period 1996 to 2000.

The Commission presented draft negotiating directives for a new EU/Mexico Agreement. This was remitted to Coreper for further discussion.

The Commission presented a draft Council Decision for conclusion of the EU/Mercosur Inter-Regional Framework Agreement, which was remitted to Coreper.

The Presidency reported on the Troika visit to the Middle East. The Head of the EU Electoral Unit reported on preparations for election monitoring. The Commission's Communications on relations with the Palestinians was remitted to Coreper for detailed examination.

The Council discussed the setting up of the WTO Appellate Body.

The Council discussed EU/US relations in preparation for the EU/US Summit on 3 December.

The Council adopted a policy paper on former Yugoslavia, covering civilian aspects of implementation of an eventual peace settlement. The Council reaffirmed its support for the EU Mostar Administrator's continuing efforts to unify the city.