Debate Europe and Communicating Europe in Partnership


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Mr. Francois: Perhaps we can see a copy.
Caroline Flint: I do not think that there is a secret stash somewhere. It is produced every year, and I made it part of my business to pick it up and read it when I saw it. I recommend it to the hon. Gentleman.
We have to be honest about the fact that some of the documentation that we use is not really for public consumption. It is part of our responsibility as representatives to provide people with accessible information, in different forms, with which they can engage. To that end, the debate has been helpful. I have certainly found it enlightening, and I hope the Committee will support these documents as a step forward to communicating what the European Union does in a much more positive and accessible way.
Question put:—
The Committee divided: Ayes 8, Noes 4.
Division No. 1]
AYES
Anderson, Mr. David
Flint, rh Caroline
Goodman, Helen
Hoyle, Mr. Lindsay
Mullin, Mr. Chris
Osborne, Sandra
Purchase, Mr. Ken
Swinson, Jo
NOES
Evennett, Mr. David
Francois, Mr. Mark
Heathcoat-Amory, rh Mr. David
Moss, Mr. Malcolm
Question accordingly agreed to.
Resolved,
That the Committee takes note of Commission documents 13829/07 and Addenda 1 to 3 (Communicating Europe in Partnership) and 8163/08 (Debate Europe); recognises the importance of communicating effectively with European citizens; and welcomes the measures taken to further improve the co-ordination of the European Union’s work on communicating with the public.
Committee rose at six minutes past Six o’clock.
 
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