in foreign and security policy
411. We recommend that Article III - 201(2)(b) be
amended by deleting the words "or that of the Minister"
so that it clearly states that any implementing decision based
on a proposal coming from the Minister must be preceded by a unanimous
European Council request for such a proposal. This is particularly
important since the Minister will have formal right of initiative
across the whole area of CFSP, including defence (paragraph 302)
412. We wholly resist the inclusion of a catch-all
passerelle clause in the draft Treaty. Having a passerelle clause
for CFSP, with the safeguards we set out in paragraph 178, could
be of value in the interests of some flexibility. (paragraph 303)
413. We are satisfied that Article III-201 (4) provides
a sufficient safeguard against any extension of QMV into defence,
provided that the Article also catches any attempt to extend QMV
to defence issues under the provisions of Articles 39 and 40.
414. We strongly support the inclusion of the right
of any Member State to require a vote not to be taken by citing
reasons of national policy (as set out in the final paragraph
in Article III - 201 (2)). (paragraph 305)
415. We recognise that there may be considerable
value in having the Union's Minister speaking in the Security
Council but this should not be a mandatory requirement. The word
"may" should therefore replace the word "shall".
416. We recommend that there should be a parliamentary
Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Union. This should be
composed of both national parliamentarians and European parliamentarians.
It should be an advisory body and thus not have decision making
powers. (paragraph 310)
417. In the CFSP field, the draft Treaty consolidates
the EU as union of Member States. CFSP will continue to be intergovernmental,
and, as a rule, decided by unanimity. (paragraph 311)
418. The final Treaty may come to increase the effectiveness
of how the CFSP is run. Much will depend on the detail of the
proposed Minister for Foreign Affairs' role. We are not convinced
that enhanced military co-operation between some Member States
is the answer to a more effective security policy. (paragraph
419. We remain unconvinced that the draft Treaty
goes far enough in ensuring proper parliamentary scrutiny of CFSP.
More could be done to increase the openness and accountability
of the way the Union conducts CFSP. (paragraph 313)
to the House
420. We make this report to the House for debate.
We encourage the House to find an opportunity for such a debate
during the IGC. (paragraph 21)