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EU Treaties: Reform

Volume 467: debated on Tuesday 13 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs for which policy areas where a common position has already been agreed at EU level the new EU Foreign Affairs representative will play a lead role following ratification of the Treaty of Lisbon. (161926)

The draft Lisbon Treaty specifies that the high representative for foreign affairs and security policy "shall ensure the implementation of the decisions adopted by the European Council and the Council" on common foreign and security policy issues. He or she would therefore have responsibility for taking forward implementation of common positions and other decisions on foreign and security policy issues where member states decide on action at the EU-level in the Council. Common positions currently in force cover a range of issues, including EU policy towards Belarus, Burma, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Iran, Ivory Coast, Somalia, Sudan and Uzbekistan.