EC-Canada Joint Committee

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 24th February 2005.

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Photo of Angus Robertson Angus Robertson Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Defence), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch Presidency of the EU the EC-Canada Joint Committee met; when and where these meetings took place; what UK Government expert was present; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Denis MacShane Denis MacShane Minister of State (Europe), Foreign & Commonwealth Office

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The EU-Canada Joint Co-operation Committee met once under the Italian and once under the Dutch presidencies, on 24 November 2003 in Ottawa and 30 November 2004 in Brussels respectively. It did not meet under the Irish presidency. This is a Commission led group, which the Presidency of the day attends as an observer only. As such there were no British officials present at these meetings. Further information may be found at www.fco.gov.uk/commandpapers.

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