Select Committee on European Union Fortieth Report


Letter from Rt Hon Geoff Hoon MP, Minister for Europe, Foreign and Commonwealth Office to the Chairman

  I am writing to inform your Committee of plans to extend the above Common Position freezing the assets of Persons Indicted for War Crimes (PIFWCs) in the former Yugoslavia and to explain that on this occasion it will be necessary to use the scrutiny override.

  The Common Position is scheduled to be renewed at the EU Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) Council on 5 October. However this will mean that there is not enough time for your Committee to scrutinise the Decision.

  In light of the need to maintain financial restrictions on the remaining six fugitive indictees, including the former Bosnian Serb President Radovan Karadzic and his General Ratko Mladic, I hope the Committee will accept my decision to use the scrutiny override on this occasion. I had hoped to let you know of this likely extension before the Parliamentary recess, however since no text was available until a few days ago, we could not be certain of the precise details of the measure.

14 September 2006

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