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European and External Affairs Committee (June 1999 - April 2003)

The purpose of the Committee on European Affairs is to ensure that the National Assembly takes a coherent strategic approach in relation to Europe. The Committee aims to ensure that there is a consistent approach to the Assembly’s responsibilities in relation to the European Union in each of the subject committees. However, its role is not to take the place of subject committees but to support them and ensure they are not operating in isolation from each other. The Committee considers the implications for Wales of the Annual Work Programme of the European Commission and the priorities of each six-month Presidency of the European Union. To facilitate a free and continuous exchange of information between Assembly members and Welsh representatives in the various European institutions, Welsh MEPs, Welsh representatives on the Economic and Social Committee (ECOSOC), Welsh representatives on the Committee of the Regions, the European Commission Representation in Wales and the Head of the Assembly's Office in Brussels all have standing invitations to attend Committee meetings. To assist in achieving its aims, the Committee has agreed that the Assembly should become a member of the Wales European Centre and has established the Assembly Office in Brussels. It has also established a Wales European Forum which meets twice a year to raise European issues of interest to the business community in Wales. The Committee meets twice a term (six times a year). Information on the dates of meetings can be found be clicking one of the headings on the left-hand side.

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