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Written Answers

Monday, 30th November 1998.

Yugoslavia: Exceptions to Arms Embargo

Lord Ponsonby of Shulbrede asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will allow the export of armoured vehicles for use by the United States and British Embassies in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and the export of armoured vehicles and other non-lethal military equipment to the Kosovo Diplomatic Observers Mission (KDOM) in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.[HL92]

Baroness Ramsay of Cartvale: The Government have allowed the export to the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY) of eight armoured Land Rovers, for use by the US Embassy in Belgrade, and a further two armoured Land Rovers and an armoured Rover saloon for use by the British Embassy in Belgrade. We attach the highest priority to ensuring the safety of staff and personnel at our Embassy in Belgrade, and we rightly recognise that other diplomatic missions, like the US Embassy in Belgrade, attach high priority to the protection of their staff. We were therefore glad to be able to allow these exports, which are not caught by arms embargoes against the FRY.

In advance of the OSCE's establishment of the Kosovo Verification Mission (KVM), the Government have allowed also the export of up to 30 armoured Land Rovers and other essential and non-lethal military equipment for use by observers at the British Embassy in Belgrade (known as the Kosovo Diplomatic Observers Mission, or KDOM). It is clearly important that British and other staff at KDOM should be protected in the course of their duties, which include monitoring the enforcement of the arms embargo against the FRY. These personnel will, in due course, become members of KVM. The UN Sanctions Committee has raised no objection to these exports.

EU: Forthcoming Council Business

Lord Hughes of Woodside asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will list the forthcoming business in the Council of the European Union for December; and list the major European Union events for the next six months.[HL95]

Baroness Ramsay of Cartvale: See below.

Forecast of Business: December

December 1998
1BrusselsTransport Council (continuation from 30 November)
1BrusselsECOFIN Council
1-2BrusselsSocial Affairs Council
1BrusselsJoint meeting of the ESA and ECOFIN Councils
3-4BrusselsJustice & Home Affairs Council
4BrusselsEducation Council
7BrusselsInternal Market Council
7-8BrusselsGeneral Affairs Council
10BrusselsResearch Council
11-12ViennaEuropean Council
14-16BrusselsAgriculture Council
17-18BrusselsFisheries Council
21BrusselsEnvironment Council

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The following subjects are likely to be discussed: December 1: ECOFIN Council


    Preparation for Stage 3 of EMU

    Follow-up to the declaration of 2 May

    Stability and convergence programmes

    Agenda 2000

    Taxes December 1: Joint Meeting of the Social Affairs and ECOFIN Councils

    Report from the Presidency

    Commission first draft of the 1999 Employment Guidelines (debate)

    Joint report on Employment 1998 (adoption) December 1 and 2: Social Affairs Council

    Report from the Presidency on the preparation of the European Council (Vienna)

    Commission first draft of the 1999 Employment Guidelines

    Joint Report on Employment 1998 (debate)

    Employment Rates Report

    Draft Council Directive on employee involvement within the European Company--political agreement

    Follow-up to the Beijing Conference on Women (The Council will take note of the annual Report)

    Second phase of the Community vocational training programme Leonardo Da Vinci (legal basis: Article 127) (oral report from the Presidency)

    Extension of 1408/71 (students and other insured persons) (political agreement)

    Amended proposal for a Directive on the protection of workers potentially at risk from explosive atmospheres (legal basis: Article 118A) (political agreement)

    Proposal for a Council Decision relating to the Conclusion of an agreement between the EC and the Council of Europe (European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia) (legal basis: Article 7(3) of Council Regulation No. 1035/97) (political agreement)

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    Amended proposal for a Council Directive amending for the second time Directive 90/394/EEC on the protection of workers from the risks related to exposure to carcinogens at work (legal basis: Article 118A TEC) (political agreement)

    Mid-term report on the Community programme concerning safety, hygiene and health at work (1996-2000) (debate)

    Amended proposal for a decision on the promotion of European pathways for work-linked training, including apprenticeships (legal basis: Article 127) (political agreement) December 3 and 4: Justice & Home Affairs Council

    Convention and protocol

    Action plan to create an area of liberty, security and justice

    Preparations for the entry into force of Amsterdam

    Legal action on European solidarity

    European migration strategy

    Regulation on countries subject to visas

    Enlargement: evaluation

    Determination and classification of the Schengen legal situation

    Incorporation of the Schengen information system in the EU legal framework

    Progress report on work on the Convention on the admission of third-country nationals

    Council Decision on monitoring the implementation of the instruments adopted in the field of asylum

    Joint action on the approximation of legislation to combat counterfeiting (adoption)

    Explanatory report on the Second Protocol to the Convention on the protection of financial interests (adoption)

    Joint action on money laundering and confiscation

    Joint action on combating corruption in the private sector (if not adopted in September)

    Convention on mutual assistance in criminal matters

    Revision of the Brussels and Lugano Conventions (progress report)

    Rome II: Convention on the law applicable to non-contractual obligations (progress report)

    Implementation of the CIS Convention

    Driving disqualifications: explanatory report

    Implementation of the joint action on synthetic drugs

    Implementation of the joint action on the approximation of drug laws

    Ratification of previous conventions (appeal to the member states in line with recommendations 13 and 14 of the Action Plan and Cardiff follow-up)

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    Start-up report

    Decision extending the mandate to terrorism

    Document on the threat posed by terrorism

    IRAQ: final report

    Expert working party report on best practice

    Report on measures to combat counterfeiting of the EURO

    Council Resolution on the prevention of organised crime with reference to the establishment of a comprehensive strategy for combating it: adoption

    OC annual report

    Report to the European Council on implementation of the action plan to combat OC

    Report on implementation of the Resolution on hooligans

    Report on implementation of the Resolution of 18 December 1997 on priorities in the fields of justice and home affairs from 1 January 1998 until the entry into force of the Amsterdam Treaty Article 18--Committee meeting (possible) December 4: Education Council

    Proposal for a European Parliament and Council decision establishing the second phase of the Community action programme "Socrates" (possible common position)

    Second phase of the Community vocational training programme Leonardo Da Vinci (legal basis: Article 127) (possible common position)

    Proposal for a Council decision adopting the third phase of the trans-European co-operation scheme for higher education (Tempus III) (possible adoption)

    (Possible.) Action plan for the implementation of the Green Paper "Educational, vocational training, research: obstacles to transnational mobility" (presentation by the Commission) (Possible.) Proposal for a Council recommendation on the statute of mobile students (included the transfer of Scholarships) (presentation by the Commission)

    Report by the Commission on the implementation of pilot projects in the context of the objectives of the White Paper on education and training, "teaching and learning: towards the learning society" (presentation by the Commission and debate)

    1999 National Employment Action Plans (debate) December 7: Internal Market Council

    European Company Statute

    Free Movement of Goods Intervention Mechanism

    Proposal for an amending Directive concerning liability for defective products

    Internal Market and Cardiff process of economic reform--presidency report

    Proposal for a directive on certain legal aspects of electronic commerce (presentation by the Commission)

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    December 7-8: General Affairs Council

    Agenda 2000


    Preparation of Amsterdam Treaty Implementation


    Human Rights: 50th Anniversary Celebration 10 December (possible)

    Preparation of the Vienna European Council

    Asylum and Immigration Task Force

    Council Working Methods

    Western Balkans

    Middle East Peace Process


    South Africa


    Draft Regulation GSP for 1999-2000

    Transatlantic Relations December 10: Research Council

    (Possible.) Fifth EC RTD Framework programme (final adoption)

    (Possible.) Fifth Euratom Research Framework programme (final adoption)

    (Possible.) Fifth EC and Euratom Framework programmes--Specific programmes (final adoption)

    (Possible.) International Co-operation (possible signature/conclusion of agreements with pre-accession CEECs and Cyprus, and other third countries) December 11-12: European Council

    No agenda yet available December 14-16: Agriculture Council

    No agenda yet available December 17-18: Fisheries Council

    Proposal for a Regulation setting TACs and Quotas for 1999 and related legislation (adoption)

    (Possible.) The Future of the Common Fisheries Policy (2002) (oral report by the Commission)

    Council Regulation on the common organisation of the markets in the fisheries sector (presentation by the Commission)

    (Possible.) Funding of the collection of data of the common fisheries policy (presentation by the Commission)

    Modification of Regulation 3699 on Structural Funds for Fisheries (IFOP) (presentation by the Commission) December 21: Environment Council

    (Possible.) Draft proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and the Council amending directive 88/77/EEC on the approximation of the laws of the member states relating to the measures to be taken against the emission of gaseous and particulate pollutants from diesel

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    engines for use in vehicles (heavy goods vehicles) (common position)

    Proposal for a European Parliament and Council Directive amending Directive 90/220/EEC on the deliberate release into the environment of genetically modified organisms (political agreement: EP Opinion expected in February)

    (Possible.) Proposal for a Council Directive on ozone-depleting substances (common position)

    Proposal for a Council Decision on the monitoring of CO2 emissions from passenger cars in the Community (common position)

    Proposal for a Council Directive on the labelling of fuel consumption of passenger cars (common position)

    Community strategy on climate change: follow-up to the Buenos Aires (Council conclusions)

    Proposal for a Council Directive on "end-of-life vehicles" (common position)

This calendar is primarily concerned with European Union matters, but certain other relevant events are also included. Events and dates quoted are based on the information available on the date of issue.

European Calendar: December 1998-May 1999

December 1998
1BrusselsECOFIN Council
1BrusselsTransport Council
1BrusselsSocial Affairs and ECOFIN Council
1ViennaParliamentary Heads
2BrusselsSocial Affairs Council
2-3BrusselsEuropean Parliament Plenary
3-4BrusselsJustice & Home Affairs Council
4BrusselsEducation Council
7BrusselsPolitical Committee
7BrusselsInternal Market Council
7-8BrusselsGeneral Affairs Council
10BrusselsResearch Council
11ViennaPolitical Committee
11-12ViennaEuropean Council
14-16BrusselsAgriculture Council
14-18StrasbourgEuropean Parliament Plenary
17-18BrusselsFisheries Council
21BrusselsEnvironment Council
January 1999
11-15StrasbourgEuropean Parliament Plenary
14BrusselsFisheries Council (possible)
18-19BrusselsAgriculture Council
19BrusselsAgriculture Council
25BrusselsPolitical Committee
25-26BrusselsGeneral Affairs Council
27-28BrusselsEuropean Parliament Plenary
February 1999
4-6BonnMinisters for Labour & Social Affairs (Informal)
8-12StrasbourgEuropean Parliament Plenary
11-12BerlinMinisters for Justice & Home Affairs (Informal)
18BrusselsResearch Council (possible)
22BrusselsPolitical Committee
22-23BrusselsGeneral Affairs Council
22-23BrusselsAgriculture Council
24-25BrusselsEuropean Parliament Plenary
25BrusselsInternal Market
March 1999
9BrusselsSocial Affairs Council
11-12BrusselsEnvironment Council
12BrusselsJustice & Home Affairs Council (possible)
13-14ReinhartshausenForeign Ministers (Informal)
15-16BrusselsAgriculture Council
18BrusselsEducation Council
22BrusselsPolitical Committee
22-23BrusselsGeneral Affairs Council
24-25BrusselsSpecial European Council
24-25FrankfurtAsia-Europe Finance Ministers
25BrusselsFisheries Council
29BrusselsTransport Council
29-30BerlinAsia-Europe Foreign Ministers
April 1999
13LuxembourgConsumer Affairs Council
15-16StuttgartBarcelona III
16-18DresdenECOFIN (Informal)
19-20LuxembourgAgriculture Council
22LuxembourgTelecommunications Council
23-25MecklenburgEnvironment Ministers (Informal)
24-25LuxembourgNATO Summit
26-27LuxembourgGeneral Affairs Council
29LuxembourgIndustry Council
May 1999
6BrusselsEU-ACP Ministerial meeting
10BrusselsSocial Affairs Council
10BremenWEU Council
10-11BerlinTrade Ministers (Informal)
11BrusselsEnergy Council
17-18BrusselsGeneral Affairs Council
17-18BrusselsAgriculture Council
18-19WeimarCulture Ministers (Informal)
20BrusselsResearch Council
21BrusselsDevelopment Council
25BrusselsJoint ECOFIN and Labour & Social Affairs Council
27BrusselsYouth Council
27-28BrusselsJustice & Home Affairs Council
31BrusselsGeneral Affairs Council
30 May-1 JuneDresdenAgriculture Ministers (Informal)

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