§ Mr. Russell Brown
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the forthcoming business in the Council of the European Union for December; and if he will list the major European Union events for the next six months. 
§ Mr. Vaz
The information is as followsMonthly forecast of EU business: January 2000No agendas for any of the January Councils are available yet.European calendar: January-June 2000This 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.
Date Venue Event January 14 Brussels Fisheries Council 17–21 Strasbourg European Parliament Plenary 18 Brussels Budget Council 24–25 Brussels General Affairs Council 24–25 Brussels Agriculture Council 28–29 Lisbon Development Ministers (Informal) 31 Brussels ECOFIN Council February 2–3 Brussels European Parliament Plenary 11–12 Lisbon Social Affairs Council (Informal) 14–15 Brussels General Affairs Council 14–18 Strasbourg European Parliament Plenary 21–22 Brussels Agriculture Council 21–22 Vilamoura EU/San Jose Ministerial 23–24 Vilamoura EU/Rio Group Ministerial 28 Brussels ECOFIN Council March 1–2 Brussels European Parliament Plenary 3–4 Lisbon Justice and Home Affairs Council (Informal) 13 Brussels Joint Social Affairs and ECOFIN Council 13–17 Strasbourg European Parliament Plenary 16 Brussels Internal Market Council 20–21 Brussels General Affairs Council 20–21 Brussels Agriculture Council 23–24 Lisbon Special European Council 27 Brussels Justice and Home Affairs Council 28 Brussels Transport Council 29–30 Brussels European Parliament Plenary 30 Brussels Environment Council April 3 Luxembourg Fisheries Council 4 Luxembourg Social Affairs Council 7–8 Lisbon ECOFIN Council (Informal) 10–11 Luxembourg General Affairs Council 10–14 Strasbourg European Parliament Plenary 13 Luxembourg Consumer Affairs Council 15–16 Oporto Environment Council (Informal) 17–18 Luxembourg Agriculture Council
Date Venue Event May 2000 2 Brussels ECOFIN Council 2 Brussels Telecommunications Council 3–4 Brussels European Parliament Plenary 5–7 Sao Miguel, Azores Informal Meeting of Foreign Ministers 11 Brussels Health Council 15–16 Brussels Agriculture Council 15–19 Strasbourg European Parliament Plenary 16 Brussels Culture Council 18 Brussels Industry Council 18 Brussels Development Council 22–23 Brussels General Affairs Council 25 Brussels Internal Market Council 25–26 Lisbon Euromed Foreign Ministers (Informal) May 28–30 Evora Agriculture Council (Informal) 29–30 Brussels Justice and Home Affairs Council 30 Brussels Energy Council June 5 Luxembourg ECOFIN Council 6 Luxembourg Social Affairs Council 8 Luxembourg Education Council 13–14 Luxembourg General Affairs Council 13–16 Strasbourg European Parliament Plenary 15 Luxembourg Research Council 16 Luxembourg Fisheries Council 19–20 Luxembourg Agriculture Council 19–20 Sta. Maria da Feira European Council 22–23 Luxembourg Environment Council 26–27 Luxembourg Transport Council