European Council, Helsinki, 10th-11th December

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 4:10 pm on 13th December 1999.

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Photo of Lord Tebbit Lord Tebbit Conservative 4:10 pm, 13th December 1999

My Lords, will the Minister agree that it was a piece of great good fortune that the disorders and fighting in Yugoslavia did not spill down through Macedonia and into Greece, as a member state of the Community? Does she further agree that the further the boundaries of the Community are expanded towards the Balkans and the East, the more at risk we become from such disorders? Will she say whether there are any legal barriers, or whether any legal barriers are proposed, to the use of the European defence force internally within the EU in support of the civil power?