HC Deb 15 January 1998 vol 304 cc269-72W
Mr. McWalter

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the forthcoming business in the Council of the European European Union for January; and if he will list the major European Union events for the next six months. [23786]

Mr. Doug Henderson

The following Councils are scheduled:

Monthly forecast of business for January 1998
Venue Event
19 January Brussels Ecofin Council
19–20 January Brussels Agriculture Council
26–27 January Brussels General Affairs Council
29–30 January Birmingham Justice and Home Affairs Council (Informal)

The following subjects are likely to be discussed:

19 January: ECOFIN Council

  • Presidency work programme—Commission work programme: Presentation and debate.
  • Preparation of Stages III of EMU.
  • Reduced VAT on labour-intensive services.
  • 270
  • Council Regulation on allocation of Financial Intermediation Services indirectly measured.

19–20 January: Agriculture Council

  • Statement of Presidency aims.
  • Agri-environment Regulation (2078/92) and Forestry Regulation (2080/92): Commission reports.
  • Amendments to Regulation 404/93 (possible item).
  • Reform of tobacco regime (possible item).
  • Promotion of quality beef and veal.
  • Potato starch quotas.
  • World Trade Organisation dispute on hormones.
  • Veterinary equivalence agreements.
  • Vehicle standards for carriage of livestock.
  • Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (possible item).

26–27 January: General Affairs Council

  • Presidency Programme: Public debate.
  • Enlargement: EU negotiating position for the Central and Eastern European Countries and Cyprus: Outline of European Conference: Pre-Accession Strategy—Presidency Progress report.
  • Switzerland.
  • Transatlantic Relations: Report in EU-US Ministerial.
  • EU-Japan Summit: Presidency Report.
  • Trade issues: China—Silk Agreement: Mongolia—Textile Agreement (possible A point): Russia—Textiles: Vietnam—Textiles Agreement (possible A point): Financial Services.
  • CFSP: Former Yugoslavia—Albania—Great Lakes—TurkeyCyprus (developments post-Luxembourg)—Middle East Peace Process—Overseas Countries and Territories.
  • Third Country meetings in margins: Albania: Russia Co-operation Council.

29–30 January: Justice and Home Affairs Council (Informal)

  • No formal Agenda.

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 Calender: January—June 1998
Venue Event
January 1998
1 UK Presidency commences
8 London Visit of College of Commissioners
12–16 Strasbourg European Parliament Plenary
15 Brussels Political Committee
19 Brussels Ecofin Council
19–20 Brussels Agriculture Council
26–27 Brussels General Affairs Council
28–29 Brussels European Parliament Plenary
29–30 Birmingham Justice and Home Affairs Council (Informal)
February 1998
3 Brussels Political Committee
9–11 Costa Rica EU/San José Group
11–12 Brussels Select Committee on Trade and Industry Visit
12 Brussels Research Council
12–13 Panama EU/Rio Group
12–13 London Political Committee
13–15 Cambridge Internal market (Informal)
16 Brussels Ecofin Council
16–17 Brussels Agriculture Council
16–20 Strasbourg European Parliament Plenary
23–24 Brussels General Affairs Council
26 Brussels Telecom Council
European Calender: January—June 1998
Venue Event
March 1998
3 Brussels Political Committee
9 Brussels ECOFIN Council (t.b.c.)
9–10 Manchester UK Presidency Conference
9–13 Strasbourg European Parliamentary Plenary
12–13 London Joint Social and Education (Informal)
14–15 Edinburgh Foreign Ministers' Informal
15–17 Manchester Seminar for Cultural Ministers
16–17 Brussels Agriculture Council
17 Brussels Transport Council
19 Brussels Political Committee
19 Brussels Justice and Home Affairs Council
20–22 York ECOFIN Informal
23 Brussels Environment Council
24 Brussels Fisheries Council
30 Brussels Internal Market Council
30–31 Brussels General Affairs Council
30–31 Strasbourg European Parliament Plenary
31–1 April Moscow G8 Energy Ministerial
April 1998
1–3 Strasbourg European Parliament Plenary
2–4 London ASEM II
6 Luxembourg Social Affairs Council
7 Brussels Political Committee
16 Brussels Political Committee
20–21 Luxembourg Agriculture Council
21 Luxembourg ECOFIN Council
23 Luxembourg Consumer Affairs Council
24–26 Chester Environment and Transport (Informal)
27–28 Luxembourg General Affairs Council
29–30 Brussels European Parliament
30 Luxembourg Health Council
May 1998
1–3 Brussels Ecofin and Special EMU Council
5 Brussels Political Committee (t.b.c.)
7 Brussels Industry Council
10–12 Newcastle Agriculture (Informal)
11 Brussels Energy Council
11 Brussels Euro-Med Energy Ministerial
12 Brussels Political Committee
11–15 Strasbourg European Parliament Plenary
18 Brussels Development Council
18 Brussels Internal Market
19 Brussels Telecommunications Council
25–26 Brussels General Affairs Council
25–26 Brussels Agriculture Council
27–28 Brussels European Parliament Plenary
28–29 Brussels Justice and Home Affairs Council
June 1998
2 Luxembourg Political Committee
4 Luxembourg Education and Social Affairs Council
8 Luxembourg Fisheries Council
8–9 Luxembourg General Affairs Council (t.b.c.)
15–16 Cardiff European Council
15–19 Strasbourg European Parliament Plenary
16–17 Luxembourg Environment Council
17 Luxembourg Joint Environment and Transport Council
18 Luxembourg Transport Council
European Calender: January—June 1998
Venue Event
22 Luxembourg Research Council
22–23 Luxembourg Agriculture Council
29–30 Luxembourg General Affairs Council (t.b.c.)