HL Deb 07 March 2005 vol 670 cc71-2WA
Lord Avebury

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What plans they have to institutionalise human rights dialogues with partners in the Euro-Mediterranean process during their presidency of the European Union, or otherwise mark the tenth anniversary of the Barcelona declaration. [HL1484]

Baroness Crawley

During the course of 2005, the EU intends to hold human rights sub-committees with all Mediterranean partner countries that have a functioning association agreement: Tunisia, Morocco, Jordan, Israel and Egypt. Once the EU-Lebanon and EU-Algeria association agreements are ratified, similar structures will come into force. During our EU presidency, we will co-chair any sub-committees that fall under our presidency with the Commission. We also look forward to co-hosting with Spain the Euro-Med 10th anniversary event, scheduled to take place in Barcelona in November.