Select Committee on European Union Twenty-Sixth Report

Current Developments in European Foreign Policy

1.  The Committee asked the Minister for Europe, Mr Douglas Alexander MP, to give evidence on the most recent developments in European Foreign Policy. We thank the Minister for his time.

2.  In this Report we make available, for the information of the House, the oral evidence given to Sub-Committee C (Foreign Affairs, Defence and Development Policy) by the Minister for Europe, accompanied by Mr Tim Barrow and Mr Hugh Powell, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, on 2 February 2006.

3.  Key topics in the evidence are:

●  Key developments of the United Kingdom Presidency. (Q 1)

●  Financing of the Common Foreign and Security Policy. (QQ 5-8)

●  Scrutiny of CFSP. (QQ 9-10)

●  The presentation of CFSP. (QQ 37-39)

●  Non-proliferation of WMD and small arms. (QQ 11-16)

●  ESDP missions in Africa. (QQ 17-23)

●  The future of the Western Balkans. (QQ 24-27)

●  The possibility of a visa-free regime with Ukraine. (QQ 2-4)

●  The Middle East Peace Process. (QQ 28-36)

●  The future of the Barcelona Process. (Q 55)

●  EU assistance to Iraq and Afghanistan. (QQ 40-54)

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