HC Deb 01 July 1997 vol 297 cc91-3W
Dr. Naysmith

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the forthcoming business in the Council of the European Union for July; and if he will list the major EU events for the next six months. [6437]

Mr. Doug Henderson

Details are as follows.


The following Councils are scheduled:

  • July 4–5: Labour and Social Affairs Council (Informal)
  • July 7: Ecofin Council
  • July 22–23: General Affairs Council
  • July 22–23: Agriculture Council
  • July 24: Budget Council

The following subjects are likely to be discussed:

  • July 4–5: Labour and Social Affairs Council (Informal)
  • No formal agenda.
  • July 7: ECOFIN Council
  • Approval of the agenda.
  • Approval of the list of A items.
  • Work Programme of Luxembourg Presidency: open debate.
  • Convergence Programme of Italy (possible item).
  • Follow-up to Amsterdam Council (possible item).
  • Technical characteristics of Euro coins.
  • Other Business:
  • Preparation of the ASEM/EU Finance Ministers' meeting;
  • Preparation of the EFTA/EU Finance Ministers' meeting.
  • July 22–23: General Alidirs Council
  • Agenda not yet available.
  • July 22–23: Agriculture Council
  • EU/Third countries veterinary and phytosanitary equivalence agreements (possible item).
  • Hops (possible item).
  • Animal welfare (possible item).
  • BSE (possible item).
  • Set-aside rate for 1998 (possible item).
  • July 24: Rtulget Council
  • EU Budget for 1998.

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: July to December 1997
Venue Event
July 1997
1 Luxembourg Presidency begins
3 Luxembourg Visit by Commission
4–5 Echternach Labour and Social Affairs Council (Informal)
7 Brussels Ecofin Council
10–11 Luxembourg Political Committee
14–18 Strasbourg European Parliament Plenary
22–23 Brussels Agriculture Council
22–23 Brussels General Affairs Council
24 Brussels Budget Council
August 1997
There are no events scheduled for August.
September 1997
4 Brussels Political Committee
7–9 Echternach Agriculture Council (Informal)
12–14 Mondorf Ecofin Council (Informal)
15–16 Brussels General Affairs Council
15–19 Strasbourg European Parliament Plenary
22–25 New York Political Committee
22–23 Brussels Agriculture Council
29 Brussels Political Committee (reserve date—tbc)

European calendar: July to December 1997
Venue Event
October 1997
1–2 Brussels European Parliament Plenary
2 Luxembourg Telecommunications Council
3–4 Echternach Internal Market Council (Informal)
6–7 Luxembourg General Affairs Council
7 Luxembourg Social Affairs Council
9 Luxembourg Transport Council
9–10 Mondorf Justice and Home Affairs Council (Informal)
10–11 Strasbourg Council of Europe Summit
13 Luxembourg Ecofin Council
16 Brussels Political Committee
16 Luxembourg Environment Council
16–17 Luxembourg Possible European Council
20–21 Luxembourg Political Committee
20–21 Luxembourg Agriculture Council
20–24 Strasbourg European Parliament Plenary
24–27 Edinburgh CHOGM
25–26 Mondorf Foreign Ministers (Informal)
30 Luxembourg Fisheries Council
November 1997
3 Brussels Consumer Council
3 Brussels Political Committee
5–6 Brussels European Parliament Plenary
10 Brussels Research Council
10 Brussels General Affairs Council
13 Brussels Industry Council
17 Brussels Ecofin Council
17 Brussels Political Committee
17–18 Brussels Agriculture Council
17–21 Strasbourg European Parliament Plenary
19 Brussels Fisheries Council (tbc)
20 Brussels Education Council
21 Brussels Budget Council
24 Brussels Culture Council
24–25 Brussels General Affairs Council
27 Brussels Internal Market Council
28 Brussels Development Council
December 1997
1 Brussels Econfin Council
1 Brussels Telecommunications Council
2 Brussels Labour and Social Affairs Council
3–4 Brussels European Parliament Plenary
4 Brussels Health Council
4–5 Brussels Justice and Home Affairs Council
8 Brussels Energy Council
8–9 Brussels General Affairs Council
10–11 Brussels Transport Council
12–13 Luxembourg European Council
15–16 Brussels Agriculture Council
15–19 Strasbourg European Parliament Plenary
16–17 Brussels Environment Council
18–19 Copenhagen OSCE Ministerial Council
18–19 Brussels Fisheries Council

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