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Iraq (22 Jul 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: ...conference in Istanbul on 2 and 3 November, was part of the process of trying to bring greater stability to the region. It is also important that within the region in which we operate—the European Union—and with our role in the United Nations we work supportively together to tackle some of the issues that the noble Lord rightly refers to. That will be incredibly important in next few...

Written Ministerial Statements — House of Lords: Council of Europe and Western European Union (22 Jul 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: ...Minister (Gordon Brown) has made the following Statement in the House of Commons. The United Kingdom delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and the Assembly of the Western European Union is as follows: Leader: Rt. Hon John Prescott MP Full representatives Substitute representatives John Austin MP Rt. Hon Lord Anderson of Swansea Mr Christopher Chope...

Written Answers — House of Lords: European Union Committee: Letters to Ministers (21 Jul 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: Mr Byrne apologises for the delay in responding to the chairman of the European Union Select Committee and he has now responded to the Lord Grenfell. The Government value the important work done by Select Committees, and I am working with ministerial colleagues to ensure that delays of this kind do not occur in the future.

G8: 2008 Summit (10 Jul 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: ...which are relevant and important when it comes to any of the issues debated at the G8. When any group of countries comes together that tension always exists. That is the case even within the European Union. When its 27 nations are discussing, for example, migration, countries on the border of the European Union have just as much input and are relevant. We should accept the limitations of...

G8: 2008 Summit (10 Jul 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: ...and the formal sessions. Speaking more humbly, I have not even been a spear carrier at these events but I have, as noble Lords know, attended the Peru summit on behalf of the Prime Minister and the European Union Justice and Home Affairs Council. There was never a meeting that I went to, and sometimes I went tired and reluctant, where I did not benefit from the ability to talk face-to-face...

G8: 2008 Summit (10 Jul 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: ...15 per cent and energy-related carbon emissions by 20 per cent, equivalent to all the emissions of the USA and Japan combined. "As I told the summit, these standards include Britain pressing in the European Union for an average fuel efficiency target of 100 grams of CO2 per kilometre by 2020. My right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Transport is today publishing a consultation...

EU: Public Understanding (24 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, the Government take their role in promoting greater understanding of the work of the European Union seriously and continue to develop and review their activities in this area. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office informs the public about the role of the European Union in various ways, including a website, publications and activities to raise awareness and debate of European Union...

EU: Public Understanding (24 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: ...better than they would what some of those issues might be, though I am sure we will speculate. It is important for this country that we make as clear as possible the benefits of being part of the European Union in all its aspects.

EU: Public Understanding (24 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: ...thoughts at the October Council. In the spirit of what noble Lords have said about not bullying the Irish in any way, we should wait for them to come forward with proposals. As we are part of the European Union, education is important so that people understand what that means and what benefits and opportunities it brings for them.

EU: Public Understanding (24 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: ...the work, which has been continued since then, was to make sure that young people in education establishments in particular had the opportunity to debate the pros and the cons of being part of the European Union. I do not disagree at all with the noble Lord in that context. Noble Lords might suggest that a referendum is a way of doing that, but we have been through this issue many times....

European Council: 19-20 June 2008 (23 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: ...to complete negotiations in 2009; that target has been acknowledged by Commission President Barroso. I think—it is also the Government's view—that enlargement is the greatest success of the European Union. We all know that it is an effective lever for peace and prosperity in the western Balkans and for a Turkey that is a partner in reform and positive regional influence. I hope that...

European Council: 19-20 June 2008 (23 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: ...the point that he thinks that the greatest bulk of scientific evidence is in one direction, although there may be evidence or views in another direction. Part of the purpose of working across the European Union is to keep a careful watch on what is happening to the planet and to make judgments on what we do about climate change in that context.

European Council: 19-20 June 2008 (23 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: ...at great length in your Lordships' House. It remains exactly the same as it was last Wednesday night, Thursday morning, over the weekend and today. We believe that the treaty is a good deal for the European Union and a good deal for this country. The noble Lord may not like what he describes as the self-amending provisions or the passerelle—the footbridge. There are other noble Lords...

European Council: 19-20 June 2008 (23 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: ...data sharing and its relevance and importance to tackling serious organised crime, people trafficking, terrorism and so on, and I will not repeat them. I will say, however, that it is right that the European Union should continue to discuss with its member states how best to ensure that we share information appropriately and with safeguards—this concerns the noble Lord, Lord Strathclyde,...

European Council: 19-20 June 2008 (23 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: ...s urging, the Council also agreed to explore the scope to accelerate the introduction of commercially viable electric vehicles, and the infrastructure that their widespread use would require, in the European Union. Generating the electricity needed for electric cars is significantly less carbon- intensive than using oil. With almost all major car manufacturers, including UK-based ones, now...

European Union (Amendment) Bill (18 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: ...will be resisting the amendment because we do more and the position is clear. The point that the noble Lord, Lord Hunt of Wirral, began with warmed my heart as I know that he is well regarded in the European Union—I may be killing his career now—for his pro-European stance. I know that he has made some extraordinarily well received speeches about Europe and that he is not easily taken...

European Union (Amendment) Bill (18 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: ...me be very clear so that it is on the record and everyone understands exactly what I mean. When I read out the Foreign Secretary's Statement on Monday night, I said: "The rules of the treaty and the European Union are clear. All 27 member states must ratify the treaty for it to come into force".—[ Official Report, 16/6/08; col. 853.] That is clearly set out in the treaty. It is...

European Union (Amendment) Bill (18 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: ...does the Commission. How much money is spent has featured in discussions, as far as I can remember, over the past 20 to 30 years. The treaty also gives national Parliaments a greater say in making European Union laws. That is an important aspect of our deliberations in the past 24 days across your Lordships' House and another place. It is important to recognise that that makes a...

European Union (Amendment) Bill (18 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, I have it in command from Her Majesty the Queen to acquaint the House that she, having been informed of the purport of the European Union (Amendment) Bill, has consented to place her Prerogative and Interest, so far as they are affected by the Bill, at the disposal of Parliament for the purposes of the Bill. I beg to move that this Bill be now read a third time. Moved, That the Bill...

EU: Lisbon Treaty (18 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, in operating within a European Union, it is important that member states retain their sovereignty in making their own determinations on issues. We have talked long, and will talk later this afternoon, about the importance of respecting what the Irish people have decided. Equally, it is important that we continue our deliberations as this Parliament and come to our own conclusions.


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