HL Deb 05 December 2001 vol 629 cc141-3WA
Baroness David

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What the forthcoming business is in the Council of the European Union for December; and what the major European Union events are for the period between 31 December and May 2002. [HL1785]

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean

See attached.December 4—ECOFIN Meeting—Brussels

1. Adoption of the Agenda

2. Approval of the list of "A" items

3. Preparation for the Laeken European Council.

Report on Aims and working methods in the field of pensions

Report on structural indicators

Report on progress concerning the fiscal package

4. Fiscal Package

Taxation and savings

= Directive, including main features of a standardised form for exchanging information

= Interim reports by the Member States concerned on discussions with dependent or associated territories

Code of Conduct

= Progress report from Code of Conduct group

5. (Poss.) VAT invoicing (may become "A" item)

6. Financial Services

—(Poss.) Financial Services Action Plan, 5 Progress report from the Commission

—(Poss.) Proposal for a Directive on financial collateral arrangements

= General Approach


= Presidency report on progress

Financial conglomerates

= Presidency report on progress UCTIS

= Adoption

7. Annual report of the Court of Auditors for the financial year 2000

Presentation by the Court of Auditors

8. Galileo

Progress report

9. Economic situation in the air transport sector (insurance)

Report on developments in the situation

10. Preparation for ministerial meeting with the candidate countries

11. Conference on Financing for Development—Common Position

12. Other Business

Other business

3—Brussels—Employment and Social Affairs Council

4—Bruges—Culture Council (Ministerial Informal)

4—Brussels—Energy Council

5—Brussels—Industry Council

6–7—Brussels—Transport and Telecommunications Council

6–7—Brussels—Justice and Home Affairs Council

10—Brussels—Research Council

10–11—Brussels—General Affairs Council

12–13—Brussels—Environment Council


14–15—Laeken—European Council

17–18—Brussels—Fisheries Council

18–19—Brussels—Agriculture Council

No agendas for the above are available yet.

The following are the principle events in the EU between 1 January and May 2002 (certain relevant events are also included: the list is based on the information available at the date of issue).

Date Location Event
10 Brussels Fisheries Council
17 Brussels Budget Council (Ev)
21–22 Brussels Agriculture Council
21 Brussels Eurogroup (Evening)
22 Brussels ECOFIN
25–26 Brussels Meeting of Employment Ministers (Ministerial Informal)
28–29 Brussels General Affairs Council
9–10 Brussels Gymnich (Ministerial Informal)
11 Brussels Eurogroup (Evening)
14 Brussels Education and Youth Council
14–15 Brussels Justice and Home Affairs Council (Ministerial Informal)
18–19 Brussels General Affairs Council
18–19 Brussels Agriculture Council
Date Location Event
22–23 Brussels Telecoms and Information Society Council (Ministerial Informal)
28 Brussels Justice and Home Affairs Council
1 Brussels Justice and Home Affairs Council (Evening)
1 Brussels Internal Market, Consumers and Tourism Council
4 Brussels Eurogroup (Evening)
5 Brussels ECOFIN
7 Brussels Employment and Social Affairs Council
11 Brussels Research Council
11–12 Brussels General Affairs Council
15–16 Barcelona European Council
18–19 Brussels Agriculture Council
21 Brussels Environment Council
23–24 Brussels Defence Meeting (Ministerial Informal)
25–26 Brussels Transport and Telecom Council
5–6 Luxembourg Migrations Council (ASEM Ministerial Informal)
8 Luxembourg Fisheries Council
13–14 Luxembourg ECOFIN (Ministerial Informal)
15–16 Luxembourg General Affairs Council
22–23 Valencia Euromed Conference
22–23 Luxembourg Agriculture Council
25–26 Luxembourg Justice and Home Affairs Council
27–30 Luxembourg Agriculture Council (Ministerial Informal)
3–4 Brussels Tourism Council (Ministerial Informal)
6 Brussels Eurogroup (Evening)
7 Brussels ECOFIN
13 Brussels General Affairs and Defence Council
17–18 Madrid EU-LAC Summit
21 Brussels Internal Market, Consumers and Tourism Council
23 Brussels Culture and Audio-visual Council
24–26 Brussels Environment Council (Ministerial Informal)
27–28 Brussels Agriculture Council
30 Brussels Development Council
30 Brussels Education and Youth Council
31–1 June Brussels Transport Council (Ministerial Informal)