asked Her Majesty's Government:
Whether they will take steps to ensure that the European neighbourhood policy increases its emphasis on helping the development of civil society and fuller participation by women, especially in the Middle East and North Africa. [HL1046]
The Commission's non-paper (http://ec.europa.eu/world/enp/pdf/non-paper_civil-society-dimension_en.pdf) on “Strengthening the Civil Society Dimension of the European Neighbourhood Policy” of 4 December 2006 sets out proposals on developing civil society and promoting women's rights. These include strengthening EU dialogue with civil society and supporting civil society capacity building. The UK supports the Commission's proposals.