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French senators to give evidence to Lords inquiry into the Government's EU reform plans


Next week, Tuesday 19 January, two French Senators will give evidence to a Lords investigation into the Government's EU reform proposals.

The House of Lords EU Committee is holding an inquiry into the Prime Minister's long-term vision for the EU. It is examining whether the UK Government's vision for reform is shared by stakeholders both within the UK and in the EU as a whole. 

Giving evidence will be Jean Bizet, chairman of the French Senat European Affairs Committee and Fabienne Keller, vice-chair of the French Senat European Affairs Committee and Rapporteur on a report by the Committee on the UK-EU relationship.

Questions that the Committee is likely to put to them include:

  • Do you feel that the UK Government has presented a clear and coherent vision for EU reform?
  • How confident are you that an agreement can be reached at the February European Council?
  • How would you summarise attitudes in France towards the UK's proposals for EU reform, and the future of the UK's relationship with the EU? 
  • What reforms to the EU would you wish to see?
  • How do you respond to the UK Government's desire to reach a lasting agreement to safeguard the interests of both Eurozone and non-Eurozone states?
  • To what extent are either migration generally, or internal free movement, significant challenges for the EU as a whole—or are they uniquely British preoccupations? 

The evidence session on Tuesday 19 January will take place in Committee Room 4 of the House of Lords at 3pm.

Please note that the use of consecutive interpretation in this meeting means it will not be broadcast. However, it will be open for the media and public to attend, and a full transcript will be available on the Committee's website a few days after the session.

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