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 let your Committee know of plans to adopt a Council Regulation on amending the sanctions measures relating to Liberia. These implements the Council Common Position, on which the FCO deposited an EM on 29 June and that you cleared in the Chairman's sift on 4 July. At the time of deposit we anticipated that the Regulation itself would fall under the category of non-depositable documents, however we now understand that this is not the case. I therefore attach a new EM (not printed) on the Regulation that implements the Council Common Position which you have already scrutinised. Since the original EM was written with implementation of the Common Position in mind, you can be assured that there is no difference in substance or policy in the new document.

  Both the Common Position and Regulation are due to be adopted at the Council of Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) on 24 July. If the Regulation is adopted at that time, this will unfortunately mean that there is insufficient time for your Committee to scrutinise the document. In light of the need to adopt a regulation to implement the UN's measures, and given that you have already cleared the substance of the proposals during scrutiny of the Common Position, I hope the Committee will understand if I decide to support the Regulation before scrutiny has been completed.

20 July 2006

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