HC Deb 15 June 1999 vol 333 c91W
Mr. Mitchell

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his answer of 20 May 1999,Official Report, columns 445–46, when, and by whom, the agenda for the additional European Council Meeting due in October at Tampere, Finland, concerning judicial and home affairs in the European Union will be published; what principal documents will be available to the public and national Parliaments prior to that meeting; and when it is planned that they will be available. [86232]

Mr. Straw

There is normally no formal agenda for European Councils. The German Presidency and the incoming Finnish Presidency have proposed that the Tampere special European Council should focus on three main issues: immigration and asylum, the fight against cross-border crime and the establishment of a European judicial area, including citizens' access to justice. A list of documents to be submitted to the European Council is unlikely to be finalised until shortly before the meeting. Appropriate documents will be made available to the public and Parliament in accordance with the normal procedures.

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