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Baroness Crawley: During the course of 2005, the EU intends to hold human rights sub-committees with all Mediterranean partner countries that have a functioning association agreement: Tunisia, Morocco, Jordan, Israel and Egypt. Once the EU-Lebanon and EU-Algeria association agreements are ratified, similar structures will come into force. During our EU presidency, we will co-chair any sub-committees that fall under our presidency with the Commission. We also look forward to co-hosting with Spain the Euro-Med 10th anniversary event, scheduled to take place in Barcelona in November.
Whether they have assessed the extent to which the principles of equality in geo-strategic relations between the European Union and the United States have been accepted by President Bush on his current visit to the European Union's institutions and heads of government in Brussels. [HL1505]
Baroness Crawley: The visit of President Bush to Europe, so early in his second term, confirmed the importance he attaches to the transatlantic alliance. All leaders agreed on the need for the EU and US to continue to work in partnership on the challenges that face us in the 21st century. As President Bush himself said in his speech in Brussels on 21 February, our strong friendship is essential to peace and prosperity across the globe.
Baroness Crawley: We do not maintain a comprehensive list of countries we think are involved in slavery, either as traditionally understood or in contemporary forms, including people trafficking, child labour and bonded labour. But we do address these issues in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) Annual Report on Human Rights, which highlights a number of countries where we have particular concerns and describes the actions we are taking in response. Copies of the report are laid before the House and are available in the Library of the House, and may also be found on the FCO website, www.fco.gov.uk.
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