Select Committee on European Union Twenty-Fifth Report

Current Developments in European Foreign Policy


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

2.  In the 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 Ms Jennifer Cole, European Security and Defence Policy & EU External Spend Team Leader, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, on 3 July 2008.

3.  Key topics in the evidence are:

  • Discussions at the June 2008 European Council (Q 1);
  • The Irish vote on the Lisbon Treaty (QQ 1, 5);
  • The Millennium Development Goals and the Agenda for Action (Q 1);
  • Food and fuel prices, the global food market and the potential for EU action, including the need for a radical overhaul of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) (QQ 1, 4, 5);
  • The CAP "health check" and EU budget review and discipline in general (QQ 2-4);
  • The importance of the Doha round of trade negotiations and the potential for progress (Q 5);
  • The problems of the EU police mission in Afghanistan including staffing of the mission and the length of the training packages for the Afghan police (QQ 6-9, p 5).

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