Select Committee on European Union Fortieth Report


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

  Thank you for your Explanatory Memorandum dated 29 June which Sub-Committee C considered at its meeting on 6 July. The Sub-Committee agreed to clear the document from scrutiny.

  We strongly support the values of democracy and human rights contained within the Action Plan and hope that the Plan, with its emphasis on political dialogue, will enable the EU to encourage further democratic reform within Egypt.

  As with previous Action Plans under the European Neighbourhood Policy, such as that agreed with Syria, the success of the new relationship between the EU and Egypt will depend largely on implementation of the commitments made within the Plan. We therefore urge both yourselves and the Commission to closely monitor Egypt's progress towards further democratic reform.

6 July 2006

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