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European Union: Six-Monthly Business Forecast

Volume 576: debated on Sunday 18 February 1996

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asked Her Majesty's Government:What is the forthcoming business in the Council of the European Union for January, and to list major EU events for the next six months.

Monthly forecast of business for January 1997

The following Councils are scheduled:

  • January 7th: Fisheries Council
  • January 20th: General Affairs Council
  • January 20th: Agriculture Council
  • January 21st: General Affairs Council
  • January 27th: Ecofin Council
  • January 31st: Transport Council (Informal)

The following subjects are likely to be discussed:

January 7th: Fisheries Council

This Council will only take place if the December Council fails to agree on the following item:

TACs and quotas.

January 20th/21st: General Affairs Council

Agenda not yet available.

January 20th/21st: Agriculture Council

Identification and registration of bovine animals (possible item).

Durum wheat (possible item).

Honey (possible item).

Flax (possible item).

BSE (possible item).

Veterinary and phytosanitary equivalence agreement (possible item).

January 27th: ECOFIN Council

Presentation of the Dutch Presidency


Programme of the Commission.

Structured dialogue with Ministers from the CEECs and the Baltics.

Follow-up to the Dublin European Council:

Preparation of Stage 3 of EMU;


SEM 2000 (possible item).

Macrofinancial assistance to Ukraine (possible item).

Georgia, Armenia and Tadjikstan (possible item).

Renewal of EIB lending envelopes (possible item).

Taxation (possible item).

Appointment of EC Jury for coin competition (possible item).

Other Business:

Lunch: With Minister of Finance of the CEECs and the Baltics;

Coffee: Briefing on IGC.

January 31st: Transport Council (Informal)

No formal agenda.

European Calendar: December 1996–May 1997

This calendar is primarily concerned with European Union matters, but certain other relevant events are also

included. Events and dates quoted are based on the information available on the date of issue.




January 1997

1stDutch Presidency begins
7thBrusselsFisheries Council
9th-10thThe HaguePolitical Committee
13th-17thStrasbourgEuropean Parliament Plenary
20th-21stBrusselsGeneral Affairs Council
20th-21stBrusselsAgriculture Council
23rd-25thAmsterdamConference on Social Policy
27thBrusselsEcofin Council (tbc)
29th-30thBrusselsEuropean Parliament Plenary
30th-31stThe HagueOpening of "European Year Against Racism"
31stAmsterdamTransport Council (Informal)

February 1997

1stAmsterdamTransport Council (Informal)
1st-2ndThe HagueEconomic Affairs Council (Informal)
5th-6thNoordwijkJustice & Home Affairs Council (Informal)
6thBrusselsPolitical Committee
17thBrusselsPolitical Committee
17thBrusselsEcofin Council
17thQatarEU/GCC Conference
17th-18thBrusselsAgriculture Council
17th-21stStrasbourgEuropean Parliament Plenary
24th-25thBrusselsGeneral Affairs Council
26thBrusselsEU/San Jos Conference
28thAmsterdamDevelopment Council (Informal)

March 1997

1st-2ndAmsterdamDevelopment Council (Informal)
3rdAmsterdamEducation Council (Informal)
3rd-4thBrusselsEnvironment Council
6thBrusselsTelecommunications Council
10thBrusselsInternal Market Council
10th-14thStrasbourgEuropean Parliament Plenary
11th-12thBrusselsTransport Council
13thBrusselsPolitical Committee
14th-15thRotterdamSocial Affairs Council (Informal)
15th-16thApeldoornGymnich (Informal)
17thBrusselsEcofin Council
17th-19thBrusselsAgriculture Council
18th-19thBrusselsJustice & Home Affairs Council
24th-25thBrusselsGeneral Affairs Council
25thRomeInformal IGC Ministerial

April 1997

4th-6thNoordwijkEcofin Council (Informal)
6th-8thMaastrichtCulture Council (Informal)
7th-8thNoordwijkEU/Rio Group
7th-10thStrasbourgEuropean Parliament Plenary
9th-11thThe HagueSocial Integration Conference
10thBrusselsPolitical Committee
10thLuxembourgConsumer Council
14th-15thLuxembourgFisheries Council
17thLuxembourgSocial Affairs Council
17th-18thMaastrichtMinisterial Conference on EC aid to African. Caribbean and Pacific Countries post-Lomé IV
18th-20thAmsterdamEnvironment Council (Informal)
21st-22ndThe NetherlandsPolitical Committee
21st-22ndLuxembourgAgriculture Council




23rdBrusselsEuropean Parliament Plenary
24thLuxembourgIndustry Council
24th-25thLuxembourgACP/EU Ministerial Conference
25thBrusselsEuropean Parliament Plenary
29th-30thLuxembourgGeneral Affairs Council

May 1997

5thBrusselsGeneral Affairs Council (tbc)
6th-7thStrasbourgCouncil of Europe Ministerial
12thBrusselsEcofin Council
12th-13thBrusselsAgriculture Council
12th-13thParisWEU Ministerial
12th-16thStrasbourgEuropean Parliament Plenary
14th-15thBrusselsResearch Council
15thBrusselsPolitical Committee
20thBrusselsInternal Market Council
22ndBrusselsPolitical Committee
25th-27thMiddelburgAgriculture Council (Informal)
26thBrusselsEnergy Council
27th-28thBrusselsJustice & Home Affairs Council
28th-29thBrusselsEuropean Parliament Plenary
29thBrusselsTelecommunications Council

June 1997

2nd-3rdLuxembourgGeneral Affairs Council
5thLuxembourgHealth Council
5thLuxembourgDevelopment Council
8th-10thNoordwijkEnvironmental Planning Conference
9thLuxembourgEcofin Council
9th-10thLuxembourgAgriculture Council
9th-13thStrasbourgEuropean Parliament Plenary
10thLuxembourgGeneral Affairs Council (tbc)
12thLuxembourgSocial Affairs Council
16th-17thAmsterdamEuropean Council
17th-18thLuxembourgTransport Council
19thBrusselsPolitical Committee
19thLuxembourgFisheries Council
23rdLuxembourgEcofin Council (tbc)
23rd-24thLuxembourgEnvironment Council
25th-26thBrusselsEuropean Parliament Plenary
26thLuxembourgEducation Council
30thLuxembourgGeneral Affairs Council
30thLuxembourgCulture Council