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Convention on the Future of Europe

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 16th May 2002.

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Photo of Richard Spring Richard Spring Conservative, West Suffolk

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what position the Government will be taking on the proposal in the Convention on the Future of Europe that the European Union should be given full legal personality; what discussions he has had on the matter with other member states and other institutions; what assessment the Government have made of the effects of giving the European Union full legal personality; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Peter Hain Peter Hain Minister of State (Europe)

Although legal personality has not yet been discussed in the Convention on the Future of Europe, it will be on the agenda of one of a preliminary round of six working groups to commence in June.

As with other issues discussed in the Convention, the Government will both set out their ideas on legal personality, and hear the views of the other members at the Convention.

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