European Council

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 1:08 pm on 24th March 2005.

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Photo of Keith Vaz Keith Vaz Labour, Leicester East 1:08 pm, 24th March 2005

Recognising that the process of enlargement may have had an effect on progress on the Lisbon agenda, the Kok report is clear that Britain has done better than its EU partners in meeting the Lisbon benchmarks. My right hon. Friend will know that this spring marks the third anniversary of the initiative that he started with Chancellor Schröder on the wider reform of the EU. Will he confirm that substantial progress has been made since his letter of 25 February 2002, and that the wider reform agenda will be a theme of the presidency?