European Union

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 27th March 2007.

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Photo of Keith Vaz Keith Vaz Labour, Leicester East

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what involvement the UK Government have had on the drafting of the Declaration of Berlin.

Photo of Geoff Hoon Geoff Hoon Minister of State (Europe), Foreign & Commonwealth Office

Chancellor Merkel wrote to Heads of State and Government in January asking each member state to nominate a 'focal point' and accompanying aide to liaise with the Presidency in their consultations in preparation for the 50th Anniversary Declaration. The UK 'focal points' are Mr. Kim Darroch (Head of the Cabinet Office European Secretariat) and Ms Shan Morgan (EU Director in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office).

The German Presidency drafted the Berlin Declaration. During that process they consulted all member states on what they wished to see included in the text.

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