HC Deb 11 June 2002 vol 386 cc1180-3W
Kali Mountford

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the(a) forthcoming business in the Council of the European Union for June and (b) major European Union events for the period between 1 July and November. [61249]

Peter Hain

The information is as follows.

4 June—ECOFIN—Brussels

  1. 1. Adoption of the agenda
  2. 2. (poss.) Approval of the list of "A" items
  3. 3. Preparation of the Seville European Council
    • Council report on Broad Economic Policy and Guidelines
    • Council report on administrative co-operation in tax matters
  4. 4. (poss.) Recasting of the Financial Regulation
  5. 5. Macro-financial assistance
    • Policy debate
  6. 6. Directive on prospectuses
    • Policy debate
  7. 7. (poss.) Directive on Institutions for Occupational Retirement Provision
    • Political agreement
  8. 8. Sixth half-yearly Commission report on the Financial Services Action Plan
  9. 9. Tax Matters
    • Tax Package
    • Savings taxation
    • Report on dependent or associated territories
    • Report on negotiations with third States
    • Code of Conduct: progress report
    • (poss.) Taxation of biofuels
    • Political agreement
    • (poss.) Energy taxation
    • Administrative co-operation in tax matters
    • Council conclusions
    • VAT treatment of cross-border motor vehicle leasing
  10. 10. Methods of evaluating output gaps
  11. 11. Advantages of the different types of pension schemes
  12. 12. Other business

6–7 June—Industry and Energy Council—Brussels

  1. 1. Approval of provisional agenda
  2. 2. (poss.) Approval of the list of "A" items
  3. 3. Competitiveness and enterprise policy in the EU
    1. (a) Commission communication "Productivity: the key to competitiveness"—annual Commission report on competitiveness (2002)
      • Presentation by the Commission and discussion
      • Council conclusions
    2. (b) Communication from the Commission on the impact of the e-Economy on European businesses: economic analysis and political implications 14748/01 ECO 367
      • Council conclusions
    3. (c) Report on the European Charter for Small Enterprises: Follow-up to the Barcelona European Council on 15 and 16 March 2002
      • Presidency briefing 6125/02 ECO 38
  4. 4. Sustainable development
    1. (a) Strategy for chemicals
      • Commission briefing
    2. (b) Contribution of enterprise policy to sustainable development
      • Discussion
      • Council conclusions
  5. 5. Steel
    1. (a) Expiry of the ECSC treaty
      • Commission briefing
    2. (b) Situation on the world steel market
      • Commission briefing
  6. 6. (poss.) Shipbuilding
    1. (a) Fifth report from the Commission to the Council on the situation in world shipbuilding
      • Presentation by the Commission 8689/02 RC 6
    2. (b) Proposal for a Council regulation concerning a temporary defensive mechanism inn shipbuilding (LA)(*) (Articles 87(3) and 89 of the treaty) 11335/01 RC 14 WTO 83
  7. 7. Competition
    1. (a) Proposal for a Council regulation on the implementation of the rules on competition laid down in Articles 81 and 82 of the treaty and amending regulations (EEC) No. 1017/68, (EEC) No. 2988/74. (EEC) No. 4056/86 and (EEC) No. 3975/87
      • Progress report
    2. (b) XXXIst Commission report on Competition Policy 2001
      • Presentation by the Commission 8455/02 RC 4
  8. 8. (poss.) Reduction/re-orientation of public aid, State-aid scoreboard-spring 2002 edition
    • Presentation by the Commission
  9. 9. Life sciences and biotechnology—A strategy for Europe
    • Council conclusions 6415/02 RECH 40 ENV 103 CONSOM 14 SAN 24 DEVGEN 15 MI 31 IND 23 AGRI 43 SOC 87 RELEX 27 EDUC 30 AG 6
  10. 10. Euromed—industrial cooperation
    • Presidency briefing on the outcome of the Ministerial Conference in Malaga on 9 and 10 April 2002 7922/02 ECO 116 MED 30
  11. 11. G1O medicinal products
    • Report from the High-Level Working Party on innovation and the supply of medicinal products
    • Commission briefing
    • 1182W
    • Energy (7 June 2002)
  12. 12. Proposal for a Council regulation on state aid to the coal industry after the expiry of the ECSC treaty (LA) (*) (Articles 87 and 89 TEC)
    • Political agreement
  13. 13. Internal market in electricity and gas
    1. (a) Proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directives 96/92/EC and 98/30/EC concerning common rules for the internal market in electricity and natural gas (LA) (*) (Article 95 TEC)
      • Political agreement
    2. (b) Proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on conditions for access to the network for cross-border exchanges in electricity (LA) (Article 95 TEC)
      • Progress report
  14. 14. Proposal for an amendment to the Decision of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Decision 1254/96/EC laying down a series of guidelines for trans-European energy networks (LA) (Article 196 TEC)
    • General approach
  15. 15. Proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the promotion of the use of biofuels for transport (LA) (Article 175 TEC)
    • General approach
  16. 16. Energy Charter
    • Progress report
  17. 17. Proposal for a Decision of the European Parliament and of the Council adopting a multi-annual programme for action in the field of energy: "Intelligent Energy for Europe" Programme (2003–2006) (LA) (Article 175 TEC)
    • Presentation by the Commission
  18. 18. Security of energy supply
    • Commission briefing on follow-up to consultations on the Green Paper on security of supply
    • Other business

Other business

  • 3—Brussels—Employment and Social Affairs Council
  • 3—Brussels—Eurogroup (evening)
  • 4—Brussels—ECOFIN
  • 6–7—Brussels—Convention on the Future of Europe—Plenary Session
  • 6–7—Madrid—EU—ASEM meeting (EU 15)
  • 6–8—Brussels—Foreign Affairs (ASEM Ministers)
  • 10–11—Brussels—General Affairs Council
  • 10–11—Brussels—Agriculture Council
  • 11—Brussels—Fisheries Council
  • 13–14—Brussels—Justice and Home Affairs Council
  • 17–18—Brussels—Transport and Telecommunications Council
  • 17–18—Brussels—General Affairs Council
  • 21–22—Seville—European Council
  • 24–Brussels—General Affairs Council (evening)
  • 24–25—Brussels—Convention on the Future of Europe—Plenary Session
  • 24–25—Brussels—Environment Council
  • 25—Brussels—ECOFIN
  • 26—Brussels—Health Council

The following are the principal events in the EU between 1 July and November 2002. The list is based on the information available at the date of issue.

Date Venue Event
12–13 Kolding Meeting of Employment and Social Policy Ministers (Informal)
15–16 Brussels Agriculture Council
19 Brussels Budget Meeting
19–21 Århus Environment Ministers meeting (Informal)
22–23 Brussels General Affairs Council
31–1 Elsinore Gymnich (Ministerial Informal)
6 Brussels ASEM Economic Ministers Meeting
6–8 Copenhagen ECOFIN (Ministerial Informal)
8–10 Nyborg Agriculture Council (Ministerial Informal)
12–13 Copenhagen Justice and Home Affairs Council (Ministerial Informal)
22–23 Copenhagen ASEM Meeting
23–24 Brussels Agriculture Council
26 Brussels Internal Market, Consumer Affairs and Tourism Council
27 Tent ACP-EU Ministers Meeting
30 Brussels Research Council
30–1 Brussels General Affairs Council
3–4 Brussels Transport and Telecommunications Council
8 Brussels ECOFIN
8 Brussels Employment and Social Policy Council
14 Brussels Fisheries Council
14–15 Brussels Justice and Home Affairs, and Civil Protection Council
15–16 Brussels Agriculture Council
17 Brussels Environment Council
18–19 Aalborg Internal Market, Consumer Affairs and Industry Meeting (Ministerial Informal)
21–22 Brussels General Affairs Council
24–25 Brussels European Council
1 Brussels Culture Council
2 Brussels ECOFIN—Troika meeting on Macro-Economic Dialogue
12 Brussels Education and Youth Council
14–15 Brussels Internal Market, Consumer Affairs and Youth Council
18 Brussels Fisheries Council
18–19 Brussels General Affairs Council
19–20 Brussels Agriculture Council
22 Brussels Development Council
25–26 Brussels Budget [Council]
25–26 Brussels Industry and Energy Council
28–29 Brussels Justice and Home Affairs, and Civil Protection Council

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