The Committee will question Mr Lidington on a range of areas covered at the European Council and issues raised in recent Lords EU Committee reports. Some of the areas the session will cover include:
- Negotiations on the proposal by 11 Member States to introduce a Financial Transaction Tax. The Lords EU Sub-Committee on Economic and Financial Affairs has recently raised significant concerns about the proposals.
- The need for a predictable climate and energy policy at the EU level and whether the government is satisfied that the Council understand the urgency of the issue. The issue was raised in a recent EU Committee report
- When the Government expect to make clear their position regarding the UK’s 2014 opt-out decision on policing protocols. Concern with the government’s position was highlighted recently by the Lords EU Committee.
- The Government’s views on the way ahead for sanctions on Syria given the on-going conflict.
- Whether the Government’s position on the UK’s tax sovereignty make a coordinated EU approach to tackling tax fraud more difficult.
The evidence session will start at 4:05pm on Tuesday 4 June in Committee Room 4 of the House of Lords.