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European Union: Forthcoming Council Business

Volume 597: debated on Thursday 25 February 1999

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asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether they will list the forthcoming business in the Council of the European Union for March; and list the major European Union events for the next six months. [HL1258]

See below.

Monthly Forecast of Business: March 1999
DateLocationEvent
March 1999
4BrusselsPolitical Committee
8–12StrasbourgEuropean Parliament Plenary
9BrusselsSocial Affairs Council

Monthly Forecast of Business: March 1999

Date

Location

Event

11–12BrusselsEnvironment Council
12BrusselsJustice & Home Affairs Council
13–14ReinhartshausenForeign Ministers (Informal)
15BrusselsECOFIN
15–16BrusselsAgriculture Council
22BrusselsPolitical Committee
22–23BrusselsGeneral Affairs Council
24–25BerlinSpecial European Council
26BrusselsK4 Committee
22–23BrusselsEuropean Parliamentary Plenary
29BrusselsTransport Council
29–30BerlinAsia-Europe Foreign Ministers
30BrusselsFisheries Council
The following subjects are likely to be discussed:
4BrusselsPolitical Committee
No agenda yet available
8–12StrasbourgEuropean Parliament Plenary
No agenda yet available
9BrusselsSocial Affairs Council
Dialogue with acceding countries on social issues
Directive on employee involvement in the Société Européen
Political agreement
Decision on the Standing Committee on Employment
Adoption
Code of Conduct on co-operation between authorities in the case of transnational hiring-out of workers and combating benefit fraud and illegal work
Adoption of Resolution
Proposal for Directives on the organisation of working time:
Progress report from the Presidency
11–12BrusselsEnvironment Council
Proposal for a Council Directive on end-of-life vehicles:
Common position
Amended proposal for a Council Directive establishing a framework for Community action in the field of auto policy:
Common position
Community strategy on climate change:
Council conclusions
Preparation of the 7th session of the Commission on Sustainable development (CSD) (19–30 April 1999):
Council conclusions
Proposal for a Council regulation allowing voluntary participation by organisations in a community eco-management and audit system:
Policy debate
Proposal for a Council Directive amending Directive 88/609/EEC:
Policy debate
Incineration Directives:
Policy debate
Commission report on progress in accession negotiations in the environment sector:
Commission report
12BrusselsJustice & Home Affairs Council (Possible)
Adoption of the agenda
Europol, pension fund
Europol activities report 1998
Europol: draft Council act adopting the rules governing the transmission of personal data by Europol to 3rd states and 3rd bodies

Monthly Forecast of Business: March 1999

Date

Location

Event

Europol: draft decision of the Council instructing Europol to deal with forgery of money and means of payments
Europol: preparation of the taking-up of activities EURODAC: draft Council act drawing up a protocol extending the scope ratione personae of the Convention concerning the establishment of "EURODAC" for the comparison of fingerprints of applicants for asylum
Drugs: decision on MBDB
Joint position on the EU-Convention on organised crime
Draft explanatory report on the Second Protocol to the Convention on the protection of the European Communities' financial interests
Convention on Mutual Legal Assistance in criminal matters
Questions relating to the transition from the Maastricht to the Amsterdam treaty with regard to conventions
Revision of the Conventions of Brussels and Lugano
Information on some ongoing activities in the field of internal market and consumer protection Preparation of the meeting with CEECs and Cyprus
Definition and integration of the Schengen Aquis (information by the Presidency)
Any other business
13–14Reinhartshausen Foreign Ministers (Informal) No Formal Agenda
15BrusselsECOFIN
AGENDA 2000
Financial Framework
Institutional agreement
Report on own resources
(Possible) Stability and Growth pack: examination of stability and convergence programmes
Report of the European Court of Auditors for the financial year 1997:
Presentation of report
Recommendation on discharge and statement of assurance
Follow-up to Vienna European Council:
Duty Free Sales
(Possible) Taxes:
Taxation of interest income
Interim report on the discussions with third countries
Energy taxation
Progress report
(Possible) Euro 11
Multilateral monitoring and co-ordination of economic policy
15–16BrusselsAgricultural Council
No agenda yet available
22BrusselsPolitical Committee
22–23BrusselsGeneral Affairs Council
Agenda 2000: Preparation of Special European Council (24 and 25 March, Brussels)
(Possible) Enlargement
Common Strategies
Mediterranean policy:
Situation/Prospect of TEP negotiations
EU-Latin America Summit:
Progress of preparations
EU-ASEAN relations:
Preparation of meeting of Foreign Ministers (25 March)

Monthly Forecast of Business: March 1999

Date

Location

Event

ASEM
Preparation of meeting of Foreign Ministers (30 March)
Western Balkans
European security and defence policy
24–25BerlinSpecial European Council
Agenda not yet available
24–25BrusselsEuropean Parliament Plenary
Agenda not yet available
29BrusselsTransport Council

Land Transport

Proposals for Council Directive amendments:
Policy debate
Proposal for the amendment of: Directive 92/106/EEC & 96/53
Political agreement
Communication on the organisation of working time in the sectors and activities excluded from Directive 93/104/EC
Policy debate
Commission report on the use of buses and coaches of up to 15 metres in length Council conclusions
Possible agreement on the transits of lorries through Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria Political agreement on the draft text

Air Transport

Mandate for the revision of the Warsaw convention on uniform rules on the transport of cargo in international air transport
Agreement on the granting of the mandate to the Commission
Proposal for a regulation amending Regulation 295/91
Adoption of the common position
Commission report on air transport and environment
Debate

All Transport Modes

Report on a proposal for the amendment of Decision 1692/96/EC
Debate
Global navigation satellite system (GNSS)
Commission proposal expected at the beginning of 1999—debate
Negotiations between the EC and Switzerland on land and air transport
Conclusion of the agreement
Political agreement on the implementation of the agreement
29–30BerlinAsia-Europe Foreign Ministers
Agenda not yet available
30BrusselsFisheries Council
Proposal for Council regulation laying down the detailed rules and arrangements regarding community structural assistance in the fisheries sector
Policy debate
Proposal for a Council regulation establishing a list of serious infringements in the context of the control system (Regulation (EEC) 2847/93) applicable to the common fishery policy
Policy debate
Proposals to amend Council regulation (EC) 850/96
Final adoption
Proposals opening and providing for the administration of autonomous community tariff quotas for certain fisheries products

Monthly Forecast of Business: March 1999

Date

Location

Event

Final adoption
Proposal for a Council Regulation on the collection of basic fisheries data
Presentation by the Commission and initial debate

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.

European Calendar: March—August 1999

Date

Location

Event

March 1999

4BrusselsPolitical Committee
8–12StrasbourgEuropean Parliament Plenary
9BrusselsSocial Affairs Council
11–12BrusselsEnvironment Council
12BrusselsJustice & Home Affairs Council
13–14ReinhartshausenForeign Ministers (informal)
15BrusselsECOFIN
15–16BrusselsAgriculture Council
22BrusselsPolitical Committee
22–23BrusselsGeneral Affairs Council
22–23BrusselsEuropean Parliament Plenary
24–25BerlinSpecial European Council
26BrusselsK4 Committee
29BrusselsTransport Council
29–30BerlinAsia-Europe Foreign Ministers
30BrusselsFisheries Council

April 1999

8BrusselsPolitical Committee
12–16StrasbourgEuropean Parliament Plenary
13LuxembourgConsumer Affairs Council
15–16StuttgartEuro-Med Foreign Ministers Conference "Barcelona III"
16–18DresdenECOFIN (informal)
19–20LuxembourgAgriculture Council
20BrusselsPolitical Committee
22LuxembourgTelecommunications Council
23–25MecklenburgEnvironment Ministers (Informal) (TBC)
24–25LuxembourgNATO Summit
26LuxembourgPolitical Committee
26–27LuxembourgGeneral Affairs Council
29LuxembourgIndustry Council
29–30BrusselsK4 Committee

May 1999

3–7StrasbourgEuropean Parliament Plenary
6–7BerlinPolitical Committee
6BrusselsEU-ACP Ministerial meeting
7–9MecklenburgEnvironment Ministers (informal) (TBC)
10BrusselsECOFIN
10BremenWEU Council
10–11BerlinTrade Ministers (informal)
11BrusselsEnergy Council
17BrusselsK4 Committee
17BrusselsPolitical Committee
17–18BrusselsGeneral Affairs Council
17–18BrusselsAgriculture Council
18BrusselsEEA Council
18BrusselsCo-operation Council with Russia
18–19WeimarCulture Ministers (informal)
20BrusselsResearch Council
21BrusselsDevelopment Council

European Calendar: March—August 1999

Date

Location

Event

25BrusselsJoint ECOFIN and Labour & Social Affairs Council
25BrusselsSocial Affairs Council
25BrusselsPolitical Committee
27BrusselsYouth Council
27–28BrusselsJustice & Home Affairs Council
31BrusselsGeneral Affairs Council
30 May–1 JuneDresdenAgriculture Ministers (informal)

June 1999

1DresdenAgriculture Ministers (informal)
3–4CologneEuropean Council
7LuxembourgEducation Council
8LuxembourgHealth Council
10BrusselsPolitical Committee
10LuxembourgFisheries Council
10–13European Parliament Elections
14LuxembourgECOFIN (possible)
14–15LuxembourgAgriculture Council
14–15BrusselsK4 Committee
17BonnEU-Japan Summit
17–18LuxembourgTransport Council
18–20CologneG8
21LuxembourgInternal Market
21BonnEU/USA/Canada Summit
21–22LuxembourgGeneral Affairs Council
22LuxembourgLabour & Social Affairs Council (possible)
24–25LuxembourgEnvironment Council
25–29Rio de JaneiroEU-Latin America/Caribbean Summit
28LuxembourgCulture Council
29BrusselsPolitical Committee (possible)

July 1999

2–3OuluIndustry and Research Ministers (informal)
6–7SavonlinnaCulture Ministers
8HameenlinnaPolitical Committee
9–10OuluLabour/Social Affairs Ministers (informal)
12BrusselsECOFIN
16BrusselsBudget
16–18HelsinkiEnvironment Ministers (informal)
18–20SavonlinnaCulture/Audiovisual Ministers (informal)
19BrusselsPolitical Committee
19–20BrusselsGeneral Affairs Council
20–23StrasbourgEuropean Parliament Plenary
22–23HelsinkiK4 Committee

August 1999

No Council Business