Lords EU Committee to quiz Minister for Europe

31 May 2013

The House of Lords EU Select Committee will next week take evidence from David Lidington MP, Minster for Europe on May’s European Council meeting.

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.

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