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Sanctions: EC Action

Volume 461: debated on Monday 4 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the membership and remit is of the sanctions formation of the Foreign Relations Counsellors Working Party; who represents the UK on this body; how often it meets to review EU restrictive measures; and if she will make a statement. (138570)

All EU member states are represented on the sanctions formation of the Foreign Relations Counsellors Working Party which usually meets every six weeks to discuss best practice in the implementation and application of EU restrictive measures. The UK is represented by officials from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, reinforced by experts from other Whitehall Departments as required. I have placed a copy of the Working Party's mandate in the Library of the House. Individual sanctions regimes are reviewed and evaluated by relevant geographical working groups.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs in what form the EU Foreign Relations Counsellors Working Party has reported on its work on the monitoring, implementation and evaluation of EU restrictive measures; and if she will place in the Library copies of its reports from the last two years. (138573)

The EU Foreign Relations Counsellors Working Party makes an annual report on developments in Common Foreign and Security Policy to the European Council. The reports are classified and not intended for release into the public domain. The Foreign Relations Counsellors Working Party has published a number of reports on the effective use and implementation of EU restrictive measures. We will place copies in the Library of the House and I will also arrange for copies of the reports to be sent to the right hon. Member.