HC Deb 15 June 1999 vol 333 c115W
Mr. Bercow

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what was the nature of the Government's input into the Council of Europe document, "Europe Under a Single Roof". [86646]

Mr. Tony Lloyd

"Europe Under a Single Roof" was the title of a book commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Council of Europe (CoE). The Council Secretariat had full responsibility for editorial control and publication. Member States Governments' involvement, including that of the UK, was confined to approving the project in principle when it was proposed to the Council of Ministers.

Mr. Bercow

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will define the requirement for furthering European integration, as set out in European Communities budget lines, as a basis to be fulfilled by applicants under those budget lines and determining the value of the award; and what is his policy on the requirement. [86723]

Ms Quin

I assume the hon. Member is referring to budget line A-302 "Grants to organisations advancing the idea of Europe", which has as its particular aim to cover expenditure on the activities and operation of organisations actively working toward European integration. The European Commission's guidelines for operating this budget line set out the objective this budget line contributes to, the eligibility criteria for organisations seeking funding from it, details of the selection criteria, financial conditions and the procedure to be followed when applying for a grant. A copy has been sent to the hon. Member directly, and a copy placed in the House Library. The Government support activities which help increase public awareness of the EU.

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