HC Deb 14 February 2000 vol 344 cc446-7W
Mr. Jim Murphy

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list those previously planned meetings and their subject, between his Department and its Austrian counterpart which have been cancelled since the formation of the new Austrian Government. [109900]

Miss Melanie Johnson

A joint statement issued by Portugal, the current holder of the EU presidency, on 31 January 2000, stated that Austria's 14 member state partners in the EUwill not promote or accept any bilateral official contacts at political level with an Austrian Government integrating the FPO [Freedom Party].

No bilateral ministerial meetings were scheduled between the Chancellor and Austrian Ministers.

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