Select Committee on European Union Fifteenth Report


25 July 2000

By the Select Committee appointed to consider European Union documents and other matters relating to the European Union.




This Report is the first report from the Sub-Committee of the European Union Select Committee which was established at the end of 1999 to consider the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) of the European Union. The report concerns itself with a number of developments in European security and defence that have gained increased momentum since the Anglo-French St Malo summit of 4-5 December 1998 but whose origins predate that time.

The Sub-Committee, whose members are listed in Appendix 1, met on 19 occasions, taking evidence on 10 of them. We are most grateful to our specialist adviser, Dr Anthony Forster, Director of Research at the Joint Services Command and Staff College at Shrivenham, for his invaluable advice and technical assistance.

We are also grateful to our witnesses, who are listed in Appendix 2, and whose evidence is printed in Volume II of this report. We are grateful in particular to General Klaus Naumann, who came from Germany especially to give evidence.

The Sub-Committee made two visits: first, to the Permanent Joint Forces Headquarters in Northwood; and later to Brussels, where we had private meetings with Sir John Goulden, UK Ambassador to NATO; Lord Robertson of Port Ellen, Secretary-General of NATO; Mr Javier Solana, High Representative for the CFSP; and Mr Christopher Patten, Commissioner for External Relations. We are very grateful to everyone who assisted us with these meetings.

Where witnesses are quoted in the report, "Q" refers to the question number for oral evidence and "p" to the page number for written evidence.

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