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Sanctions: EC Action

Volume 461: debated on Thursday 21 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 4 June 2007, Official Report, columns 244-5W, on sanctions: EC Action, which geographical working group reviews and evaluates EU sanctions against Iran; how often the group meets; and to whom the group reports. (143951)

Any evaluation of the impact of sanctions on Iran would be carried out by the geographical working group covering the Middle East, Committee on the Middle East and Gulf (COMEM). COMEM can meet as required and the UK is represented by officials from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office based in Brussels. COMEM also meets every three months when representatives from EU capitals attend, COMEM reports to the Political and Security Council and the Committee of Permanent Representatives, (known as Coreper). Any formal legal review of the sanctions will be undertaken by the Foreign Relations Counsellors Working Party.