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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Baroness Scotland of Asthal): The Britain Russia Centre's budget for FY2000-01 is £236,621, all of which is funded by Foreign and Commonwealth Office grant-in-aid. Grant-in-aid is not generally used to fund projects directly; the Britain Russia Centre bids separately for project funding from a number of sources, including the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's command programme budgets and the EU TACIS programme.
Baroness Scotland of Asthal: In March 1999 the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs announced a £5 million budget for nuclear clean-up work in north-west Russia. We are currently discussing with the Russian Government how this assistance should be structured and expect to begin practical projects soon.
Baroness Scotland of Asthal: The agenda for recent meetings of the NATO/Russia Permanent Joint Council (PJC) have included dialogue and exchange of information on the situation in the former Yugoslavia, arms control issues and Russian and NATO approaches to security and military doctrine. NATO allies have also used meetings of the Permanent Joint Council, most recently at foreign ministerial level in Florence on 24 May, to express deep concern at the human cost of Russia's action in Chechnya and to urge Russia to pursue political resolution of the conflict.
Baroness Scotland of Asthal: Enlargement presents a substantial challenge for the EU. We welcome debate on how the institutions can remain effective after enlargement. That is why we welcome this year's IGC and have a positive agenda for reform. The longer-term issues in Joschka Fischer's speech are not for this IGC, as he makes very clear. They are about how a Union of 30 or more member states might function.
On the substance of his ideas, he makes it clear that he is speaking in a personal capacity, not as a Foreign Minister, nor as a representative of the German Government. We welcome his contribution to the debate. Our own views are set out in the White Paper IGC: Reform for Enlargement.
Baroness Scotland of Asthal: We have recently issued, as an exception to the national arms embargo on Iran, an export licence for the export of night vision equipment for the use of Iranian drug enforcement personnel. This equipment has been procured by a private company on behalf of the UN Drugs Control Programme (UNDCP) as a contribution to the UNDCP in Iran. These goods require a UK export licence as they are transiting the UK en route to Iran.
The UK fully supports assistance for the considerable efforts being made by the Iranian authorities to stem the trafficking of drugs through Iran. Since early 1999 the UK has contributed £1.5 million to support Iranian counter drugs activity.
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.
|6||Luxembourg||Social Affairs Council|
|13-14||Luxembourg||General Affairs Council|
|13-16||Strasbourg||European Parliament Plenary|
|19-20||Sta. Maria da Feira||European Council|
|21-23||Cyprus||3rd Euro-Mediterranean Conference of the Ministers of Industry|
|3-7||Strasbourg||European Parliament Plenary|
|15-16||Paris||Environment Council (Informal)|
|20-21||Lille||Culture Council (Informal)|
|27||Bangkok||ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) Ministerial|
|28-29||Bangkok||ASEAN Post Ministerial|
|28-29||Marseilles||Justice & Home Affairs Council (Informal)|
|August There are no Councils scheduled for this month. September|
|3-5||Biarritz||Agriculture Council (Informal) 15|
|9-10||Versailles||ECOFIN Council (Informal)|
|18-19||Brussels||General Affairs Council|
|28||Brussels||Internal Market/Consumer Council|
|28||Marseilles||Justice and Home Affairs Council|
|9-10||Luxembourg||General Affairs Council|
|16 (tbc)||Paris||EU/US Ministerial Meeting|
|16-17||Luxembourg||Labour and Social Affairs Council|
|30 (tbc)||Paris||EU-Russia Summit|
|3 (tbc)||Paris||EU/Canada Summit|
|14||Marseilles||Euro Mediterranean Summit|
|20-21||Brussels||General Affairs Council|
|23||Montbeliard||European Conference Ministerial|
|27-28||Brussels||Labour and Social Affairs Council|
|30||Brussels||Justice and Home Affairs Council|
|30||Brussels||Internal Market/Consumers Council|
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. June 5--Luxembourg--Ecofin Council
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