PN111006EA

Embargo: Immediate Wednesday 11th October 2006

Contact: Owen Williams 020 7219 8659

LORDS COMMITTEE TO QUESTION EU COMMISSION OFFICIALS ON ECONOMIC SANCTIONS AGAINST NORTH KOREA

The House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee, which is undertaking an inquiry into the effects of economic sanctions, will next week hold an evidence session with Karel Kovanda and Albert Straver of the European Commission.

Mr Kovada, who is Deputy Director General in the EU's External Relations Directorate and Mr Straver who is an administrator in that department, will answer questions on the EU's approach to economic sanctions and how effective they feel EU sanctions have been both against individuals and states.

The Committee will also question the witnesses on the effect of the EU's decision to suspend aid to the Palestinian Authority following the election of the Hammas-led government.

Other questions are likely to focus on the EU's approach to North Korea following its recent nuclear weapons test, and whether the Commission support calls for tough economic sanctions or prefer an approach based on negotiations and economic engagement.

The evidence session will take place on Tuesday 17 October at 3.30pm in Committee Room 3 of the House of Lords.

Notes to Editors

1. The House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee has since June 2006 been conducting an inquiry into The Impact of Economic Sanctions. The call for evidence was issued on 14 June 2006 and can be found here:

http://www.parliament.uk/parliamentary_committees/lords_economic_affairs.cfm

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