Select Committee on Foreign Affairs Minutes of Evidence

Examination of Witness (Questions 280-283)

17 NOVEMBER 2004


  Q280 Mr Maples: On this trade regulation that you are trying to put in place and which is at the moment blocked in the Council, does that require unanimity?

  Mr Mirel: The aid regulation does, trade does not. Trade regulation would be adopted at majority voting.

  Q281 Mr Maples: So it is possible that if Cyprus were the only country that did not want it to happen it could be imposed?

  Mr Mirel: Indeed.

  Q282 Mr Maples: Secondly, suppose the trade regulation is then imposed but Cyprus says, "We are not going to recognise the airport and the ports." Does the European Union have any power at that point to say, "We are going to designate some airports and ports"?

  Mr Mirel: No, we do not have that competence.

  Q283 Chairman: Alas, we are summoned by bells. We would hope to address certain points of detail. May I say that you have been extremely helpful and we are most grateful to you as a Committee.

  Mr Mirel: It was a pleasure for me, Chairman.

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