§ Lord Stoddart of Swindon
asked Her Majesty's Government:
Whether the riots in Poland between January and March 1999 have altered their view that Poland is ready for admission to the European Union. [HL2251]
§ Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean:
Polish farmers blockaded roads throughout the country between January and March this year. These events do not change Her Majesty's Government's view of Poland's preparations for membership. The UK remains committed to a successful and early enlargement of the EU.
Nevertheless, Her Majesty's Government has been concerned by some of the measures taken by the Polish Government to resolve the crisis, including raising import duties on wheat, pork, poultry and dairy products from 1 April. We are working towards resolution of these issues through the Association Agreement procedures.