Priorities of the European Union: evidence from the Ambassador of the Czech Republic and the Minister for Europe - European Union Committee Contents


Priorities of the European Union: evidence from the Ambassador of the Czech Republic and the Minister for Europe


Introduction

1.  In recent years it has been our practice to take evidence regularly from the Ambassador of each incoming EU Presidency country. It has also been our recent practice to take evidence from the Minister for Europe after each European Council.

2.  Accordingly, in this Report we make available for the information of the House the oral evidence given to us by Caroline Flint MP, Minister for Europe, on 11 November 2008 and 3 February 2009, and by His Excellency Mr Jan Winkler, Ambassador of the Czech Republic, on 20 January 2009. We also make available supplementary evidence provided by the Minister for Europe.

3.  The Committee wishes to express its sadness at the untimely death of His Excellency Mr Jan Winkler on 16 February. The Chairman has signed the Czech Embassy's Book of Condolences on behalf of the House.

4.  The key topics in the evidence from the Minister for Europe discussing the European Council of 15-16 October 2008 are:

  •   Climate change (QQ 3-4)
  •   Russia (QQ 5, 7-9, 13-14)
  •   Middle East Quartet (QQ 6, 10-11)
  •   Georgian Situation (Q 12)
  •   Ukraine (Q 15)
  •   Eastern Partnership (Q 16)
  •   Enlargement and the Balkans (Q 17)
  •   Financial crisis (QQ 18-19)
  •   Financial regulation (Q 20)
  •   Stability and Growth Pact (QQ 21-22)
  •   Eurozone membership (QQ 23, 25)
  •   G20 (Q 24)
  •   Communicating the role of the EU (QQ 26-27)

5.  The key topics in the evidence from the Ambassador of the Czech Republic discussing the priorities of the Czech Presidency are:

  •   Regulation of the banking sector (Q 2)
  •   Gaza (Q 3)
  •   Hamas (Q 4)
  •   Energy security (Q 5)
  •   Eastern Partnership (Q 6)
  •   Working Time Directive (Q 7)
  •   EU Social Policy (QQ 8-9)
  •   Copenhagen Climate Change Conference (QQ 10-12, 14)
  •   Kyoto Agreement (Q 13)
  •   Common Agricultural Policy (Q 15)
  •   Better Regulation (QQ 16-17)
  •   Pesticides Directive ( QQ 18-21)

6.  The key topics in the evidence from the Minister for Europe discussing the European Council of 11-12 December 2008 are:

  •   Budgetary Stimulus Measures (Q 1)
  •   European Investment Bank loan package (Q 2)
  •   Doha Development Round (QQ 3-6)
  •   G20 (Q 7)
  •   Northern Rock (QQ 8-10, 14-16)
  •   State Aid Rules (QQ 11-13)
  •   Copenhagen Climate Change Conference (QQ 17, 31-33)
  •   Technological Assistance in tackling Climate Change (Q 18)
  •   30% reduction in carbon emissions (QQ 19-26)
  •   Eastern Partnership (QQ 27-28, 34, 37)
  •   Human rights (QQ 29-30)
  •   Russia (QQ 35-36)
  •   Ukraine (QQ 38-39)
  •   Energy security (Q 40)



 
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