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EU Foreign Policy

Volume 447: debated on Thursday 22 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what response her Department has made to the concept paper on EU foreign policy published by the President of the EU Commission. (77670)

Although the Government do not agree with all of the proposals in the Commission communication (‘Europe in the World—Some Practical Proposals for Greater Coherence, Effectiveness and Visibility’), it welcomes the paper as a helpful contribution to an important workstream. It is right that the EU should be considering ways of making its external policies more co-ordinated and effective, within the framework of existing treaties. And we agree that better strategic planning, and better co-operation between the EU institutions and the member states can help this.

We therefore look forward to further discussions on the Commission communication and the external coherence workstream more generally during the Finnish presidency.