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EU Committees

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 29th June 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 (i) Joint Committee (EEC-Vietnam), (ii) Joint Committee (EEC-Central America) and (iii) Joint Committee (EEC-Mexico) met; when and where these meetings took place; what UK Government expert was present; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Douglas Alexander Douglas Alexander Minister of State (Europe)

The EEC-Vietnam Joint Committee met once during the Italian presidency on 21 November 2003 in Brussels. This is a Commission led group, which the presidency of the day attends as observer only, representing other member states. As such there were no British officials present at these meetings. It did not meet under the Irish or Dutch presidencies of the EU. The EEC-Central America Joint Committee met once during the Italian presidency on 3 October 2003 in Brussels. The UK was represented by staff from the UK representation in Brussels. It did not meet under the Irish or Dutch presidencies. The EEC-Mexico Joint Committee met twice, once under the Italian presidency on 11 November 2003 in Brussels and once during the Dutch presidency on 10 November 2004 in Mexico. The UK was represented at the 2003 meeting by staff from the UK representation in Brussels and at the 2004 meeting by staff from the British embassy in Mexico City. It did not meet during the Irish presidency.

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