Discussion of the progress report on the quality and sustainability of public finances.
Discussion of the EPC progress report on the financial and microeconomic impact of ageing.
Preparation for the Nice European Council meeting (poss.) Exchange-rate strategies of countries applying for membership.
Adoption of the agenda.
Approval of the list of "A" items (*).
Community strategy on climate change.
Strategy debate prior to COP6/preparation for COP6.
Draft Council conclusions.
Commission progress report on the European climate change programme.
Other business (*) including in particular the Council conclusions on the negotiations for a legally binding international instrument to apply international measures to certain persistent organic pollutants (POPs).
9 November--Brussels--Education Youth
Adoption of agenda.
(poss.) Approval of the list "A" items
(a) Proposal for a Recommendation of the European Parliament and of the Council on mobility--within the Community for students, persons undergoing training, volunteers, teachers and trainers --Political agreement
5600/00 EDUC 8 SOC 28 JEUN 3 CODEC 59
12020/00 CODEC 736 EDUC 133 SOC 318 JEUN 53
(b) Mobility Action Plan
Adoption of a Resolution
Preliminary draft report on future objectives of education systems
Presentation by the Commission and discussion
Follow-up to the Leiden seminar on open co-ordination and benchmarking as applied to European education systems
Information from the Presidency and the Commission
Contribution to the Luxembourg process
Adoption of a contribution from the Council (Education) to the Council (Employment and Social Policy)
Adoption of a contribution of the Council (Education) to the Council (Employment and Social Policy)
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Follow-up to the meeting of the EU-Latin American Ministers for Higher Education in Paris on 3 November 2000
Information from the Presidency
Memorandum on life-long learning
Presentation by the Commission
Commission information points
(a) Progress reached in the implementation of the European Year of Languages 2001
(b) Renewal of the United States-Canada-EU co-operation agreements in the field of education and training
(c) Celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Eurydice information network and of the 25th anniversary of the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (CEDEFOP)
(d) Information from the Presidency on the outcome of the Blois seminar entitled "Learn the history of Europe" (13 to 15 October 2000)
Young people and Europe: what follow-up measures should be taken following consultations with young people in Europe? (public debate)
Implementation of the YOUTH programme
Information from the Commission and exchange of views
Social inclusion of young people: Resolution of the Council and of the Representatives of the Governments of the Member States meeting within the Council
Protection of the young involved in sport-- Information from the Commission and exchange of views
Measures to combat racism in the young
Contribution by the German delegation.
16 November--Brussels--Research Council
European Space research
Commision communication on the realisation of the European space research programme
Lisbon follow up. Work in progress on:
Benchmarking (indicators), infrastructures and research, science and society, plan of action e-Europe
Exchange of views
Option of council resolution
Commission paper on European space strategy.
Presentation by the Commission.
Exchange of views
Adoption of council resolution.
Negotiating mandate relating to legal entity of the ITER
For Approval (false B points)
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Information from the Commission on "The innovation of a knowledge based economy".
Presidency information on the academy of sciences-- Alpha Galileo report
In addition, there will be the following Council meetings for which agendas are not yet available.
3--Brussels--Social Affairs Council
20-21--Brussels--General Affairs Council.
27-28--Brussels--Labour and Social Affairs Council.
30--Brussels--Justice and Home Affairs Council.
30--Brussels--Internal Market/Consumer/Tourism Council.
The following are the principal events in the EU between 30 November and April 2001 (certain relevant events are also included: the list is based on the information available at the date of issue):
|1||Brussels||Justice and Home Affairs Council
|3||Brussels||IGC Ministerial Conclave
|4-5||Brussels||General Affairs Council
|5||Brussels||Energy and Industry Council
|18||Washington||EU/United States Summit
|12||Brussels||Fisheries Council (Possible)
|22-23||Brussels||General Affairs Council
|29||Brussels||Budget Council (Possible)
|8-9||Brussels||JHA Informal Council
|12||Brussels||Education/Youth Council (Possible)
|15-17||Brussels||Informal Employment/Telecommunications Council
|26-27||Brussels||General Affairs Council
|6||Brussels||Employment and Social Affairs Council
|12||Brussels||Internal Market/Consumer Council
|15||Brussels||Justice and Home Affairs Council
|16||Brussels||Justice and Home Affairs Council
|19||Brussels||General Affairs Council
|20||Brussels||General Affairs Council
|20-21||Brussels||Fisheries Council (possible)
|31-1||Brussels||Meeting of Environment Ministers
|8-10||Brussels||General Affairs Council
|8-10||Brussels||Agriculture Council (Informal)
Cuba: Consular Access to Detained Britons
Lord Moynihan asked Her Majesty's Government:
Whether they have sought an explanation from the Cuban Government for its failure to allow officials from the British Embassy immediate access to the seven detained Britons in Cuba; and, if so, what was the response.[HL4451]
Baroness Scotland of Asthal: My honourable friend Peter Hain MP summoned the Cuban Charge d'Affaires on 25 October and requested an explanation for the lack of consular access. The Charge said that the British Embassy in Havana had applied for access through the normal channels of Protocol Division of the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs but that such applications took time to process. He claimed that it had not been clear that immediate access was sought.
Mr Hain told the Charge that this explanation was not satisfactory and that lack of consular access was in breach of the Vienna Convention.