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EU Expenditure

Volume 455: debated on Friday 26 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the legal base is for budgeted EU expenditure of €14,000,000 in 2007 for European Union special representatives. (111300)

Article 18(5) of the Treaty on European Union provides the legal base for the appointment of EU Special Representatives by the Council. Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) Joint Actions (Articles 14,18(5) and 23, Treaty on European Union) provide the legal base for the mandates of the EU Special Representatives themselves and their expenditure against the CFSP Budget.

The Council, the European Commission and the European Parliament agreed in December 2006 that €14,000,000 should be committed to the EU Special Representatives sub-heading of the 2007 European Community Budget.