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Council Of Ministers

Volume 21: debated on Wednesday 31 March 1982

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asked the Lord Privy Seal if he will publish in the Official Report a statement of forthcoming business in the European Community Council of Ministers.

At present five meetings of the Council of Ministers are planned for April. The usual written forecast was deposited in the House on 29 March.The Agricultural Council is expected to meet on 31 March to 2 April to continue discussion of the 1982–83 CAP price fixing proposals and changes in arrangements for Mediterranean agriculture in the context of the enlargement of the Community.The Foreign Affairs Council is expected to meet on 3 April to discuss the 30 May Mandate.The Fisheries Council is expected to meet on 20 April to discuss the outstanding issues of a revised common fisheries policy.The Finance Council is expected to meet on 26 April to resume discussion of the draft non-life insurance services directive and to consider the Community's negotiating position on export credits at the international Consensus meeting in May. The Council may in addition continue discussion of Japanese macro-economic policy.The Foreign Affairs Council is expected to meet again on 26–27 April to consider a new Commission paper on STABEX; simpilifcation of the European Community-European Free Trade Association rules of origin and negotiations for an economic and commercial co-operation agreement between the Community and the countries of the Andean Pact—Venezula, Ecuador, Colombia, Bolivia, Peru. Ministers will also discuss the Commission's proposals for a new regulation for the European regional development fund and the opening of a duty-free quota for charge chrome.