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Extremist Political Groups

Volume 455: debated on Thursday 18 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) how the Government are helping new EU member states to tackle far-right political extremism; (115757)

(2) if she will make a statement on the impact of extremist parties in (a) the European Parliament and (b) the new EU member states.

The Government oppose extremism in all its forms. It remains to be seen what effect this group will have on European parliamentary decision-making given that it contains only 20 out of a total of 785 Members of the European Parliament.

The EU is founded on the principles set out in Article 6 of the Treaty on EU. These include respect for fundamental rights as guaranteed by the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms. The UK is continuing to support political and economic development in the new member states including through participation in the Commission- funded twinning programme which includes supporting the development of state institutions.