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European Communities (Amendment) Bill
     The Bill amends the European Communities Act 1972 by providing that those parts of the Treaty signed at Amsterdam on 2nd October 1997 amending the Treaty on European Union, the Treaties establishing the European Communities and certain related Acts (Cm 3780) which relate to the European Communities are included among the "Community Treaties" listed in section 1 of the Act. It does not provide for those parts which relate to cooperation in the sphere of foreign and security policy or police and judicial cooperation in criminal matters to be so included, because they do not give rise to Community rights and obligationsThe Bill also approves the Treaty of Amsterdam for the purposes of the European Parliamentary Elections Act 1978.
 Financial and public service manpower effects of the Bill
     The amendments to the existing Community Treaties resulting from the Treaty of Amsterdam will modify the objectives and activities of the Communities and thus will have implications for the Community Budget, but there is no commitment to the provision of new resources and no change to the Community's Own Resources arrangements. The Bill will have no direct financial effect in the United Kingdom.
     Public service manpower implications are minimal.
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