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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Baroness Amos): The flying of the EU flag in the UK is controlled under the Town and Country Planning (Control of Advertisements) Regulations 1992 and for this purpose the flag is classified as an "outdoor advertisement".
Baroness Amos: Land communications between the Black Sea and the Adriatic are being improved largely through the Corridor VIII road and rail project to link Burgas (Bulgaria) and Durres (Albania). Some work on the various elements of the corridor is under way but we understand that there are differences between some states of the region over rail routes and prioritisation of component projects. We hope that the parties involved will soon approve a memorandum of understanding to enable the work to accelerate.
A number of projects involving oil pipelines which would bypass the Bosphorus are under consideration. The two most advanced proposals are (a) a pipeline from Burgas via Macedonia to Vlore (Albania) on the Adriatic coast and (b) a pipeline from Burgas with Alexandropoulis (Greece) on the Aegean Sea coast. We understand that no firm decision has been made with regard to construction of either.
Baroness Amos: We cannot confirm the reports cited by the noble Lord; nor have we received other reports suggesting a major incident of that kind. We continue to monitor the situation closely and to raise our concerns where appropriate.
Baroness Amos: The convention recommends that member states organise forums for civil society to discuss the future of Europe. In line with the Government's efforts to bring Europe closer to the people, we are encouraging local and regional governments, think tanks and other public organisations to engage in this debate. There will also be a web-based discussion and direct contact with citizens during ministerial visits across the country.
Baroness Amos: The UK has provided substantial financial assistance of £525,000 and an expert to work with the talks facilitator, former President of Botswana, Sir Ketumile Masire. As a result of the dialogue, for the first time in almost 30 years a large representation of Congolese society have come together to discuss arrangements for a democratic government in the DRC. We welcome the progress that was made during these discussions and continue to work with all the parties to conclude arrangements for an inclusive transitional government which will lead to peace in the country for the first time for many years.
Baroness Amos: In addition to political and financial support, the UK is providing six military personnel to the United Nations Mission in the DRC. The mandated strength of the UN force is 5,537, of which 3,633 are deployed in theatre. There have been six fatalities since the mission was established in November 1999. The force can only be expanded on the recommendation of the Secretary General and with the agreement of the Security Council. There are no plans to do so at present.
|1213||Kolding||Meeting of Employment and Social Policy Ministers (Informal)|
|1921||Arhus||Environment Ministers meeting (Informal)|
|2223||Brussels||General Affairs Council|
|311||Elisnore||Gymnich (Ministerial Informal)|
|6||Brussels||ASEM Economic Ministers Meeting|
|68||Copenhagen||ECOFIN (Ministerial Informal)|
|810||Nyborg||Agriculture Council (Ministerial Informal)|
|1213||Copenhagen||Justice and Home Affairs Council (Ministerial Informal)|
|26||Brussels||Internal Market, Consumer Affairs and Tourism Council|
|27||Tent||ACP-EU Ministers Meeting|
|301||Brussels||General Affairs Council|
|34||Brussels||Transport and Telecommunications Council|
|8||Brussels||Employment and Social Policy Council|
|1415||Brussels||Justice and Home Affairs, and Civil Protection Council|
|1819||Aalborg||Internal Market, Consumer Affairs and Industry Meeting (Ministerial Informal)|
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|2||Brussels||ECOFINTroika meeting on Macro-Economic Dialogue|
|12||Brussels||Education and Youth Council|
|1415||Brussels||Internal Market, Consumer Affairs and Youth Council|
|1819||Brussels||General Affairs Council|
|2526||Brussels||Industry and Energy Council|
|2829||Brussels||Justice and Home Affairs, and Civil Protection Council|
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