22 November 2007
Preparation of Report: Foreign Policy Aspects of the EU Reform Treaty
The Foreign Affairs Committee today announced its decision to produce a Report on Foreign Policy Aspects of the EU Reform Treaty. The Report forms part of the Committee's ongoing inquiry into Developments in the European Union.
The EU Reform Treaty is expected to be signed by EU Member States on 13 December 2007 in Lisbon. The Committee intends that its Report will help to inform the House before Parliamentary consideration of the Government bill providing for ratification of the Reform Treaty.
Issues to be considered in the Committee's Report will include:
The impact of the Reform Treaty on EU foreign policy-making
The new posts created by the Reform Treaty, of a High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, and a full-time, longer-term President of the European Council
The European External Action Service planned under the Reform Treaty and its possible implications for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office
The Government's foreign policy 'red line' regarding the Reform Treaty
The Committee took oral evidence in September and October 2007 from the Foreign Secretary, the Rt Hon David Miliband MP, and the Minister for Europe, Mr Jim Murphy MP, on the draft Reform Treaty and related matters. The Committee will be taking further oral evidence from the Foreign Secretary on Wednesday 12 December 2007.
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The membership of the Committee is as follows: Mike Gapes (Chairman), Labour, Mr Fabian Hamilton, Labour, Mr David Heathcoat-Amory, Conservative, Mr John Horam, Conservative, Mr Eric Illsley, Labour, Mr Paul Keetch, Liberal Democrats, Andrew Mackinlay, Labour, Mr Malcolm Moss, Conservative, Sandra Osborne, Labour, Mr Greg Pope, Labour, Mr Ken Purchase, Labour, Rt Hon Sir John Stanley, Conservative, Ms Gisela Stuart, Labour, Richard Younger-Ross, Liberal Democrats.
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