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The  Governments of the  Member States  and the European  Commission were
represented as follows:

Mr Frank VANDENBROUCKE       Deputy Prime Minister,  Minister for Foreign
Mr Robert URBAIN             Minister for Foreign Trade and European 

Mr Niels HELVEG PETERSEN     Minister for Foreign Affairs
Mr Jorgen ØRSTRØM MØLLER     State Secretary for Foreign Affairs

Mr Klaus KINKEL              Minister for Foreign Affairs
Mr Werner HOYER              Minister of State, Foreign Affairs

Mr Georges Alexandre MANGAKIS      Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs
Mr Athanassios THEODORAKIS   State Secretary for Community Affairs

Mr Javier SOLANA             Minister for Foreign Affairs
Mr Carlos WESTENDORP         State Secretary for Relations with the
                             European Communities

Mr Alain JUPPE               Minister for Foreign Affairs
Mr Alain LAMASSOURE          Minister with special responsibility for
                             European Affairs

Mr Dick SPRING               Minister for Foreign Affairs
Mr Gay MITCHELL              Minister    of     State    with     special
                             responsibility for European Affairs
Ms Joan BURTON               Minister    of     State    with     special
                             responsibility for Overseas Development Aid

Mr Emanuele SCAMMACCA        State Secretary for Foreign Affairs
Mr Mario D'URSO              State Secretary for Foreign Trade

Mr Jacques POOS              Minister for Foreign Affairs

Mr H. van MIERLO             Minister for Foreign Affairs
Ms Anneke van DOK van WEELE  State Secretary for Economic Affairs
Mr M. PATIJN                 State Secretary for Foreign Affairs

Ms Brigitte EDERER           State Secretary for European Affairs

Mr José Manuel DURÃO BARROSO       Minister for Foreign Affairs

Mr Paavo RANTANEN            Minister for Foreign Affairs
Mr Pertti SALOLAINEN         Deputy Prime Minister,
                             Minister for Foreign Trade
Mr Veli SUNDBÄCK             State Secretary for Foreign Affairs

Ms Lena HJELM-WALLÉN         Minister for Foreign Affairs
Mr Mats HELLSTROM            Minister  for  Foreign  Trade  and  European

United Kingdom:
Baroness Lynda CHALKER       Minister for Overseas Development
Mr David DAVIS               Minister of State, Foreign and  Commonwealth
Mr Ian TAYLOR                Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, 
                             Department of Trade and Industry

Mr Jacques SANTER            President
Sir Leon BRITTAN             Vice-President
Mr Manuel MARIN              Vice-President
Mr João de Deus PINHEIRO     Member
Mr Hans VAN DEN BROEK        Member


In preparation for the next  ministerial negotiating session scheduled to
take  place in Brussels on 16 and 17 February,  the Council agreed on the
Community position for

- trade cooperation and related issues, including  market access for  ACP
  agricultural  products, rules of origin, bananas,  tropical forests and

- questions  concerning  development  finance cooperation  (including aid
  procedures  and  programming,  financial  aid  for  maritime transport,
  industrial cooperation and EIB intervention).

The Council discussed the amount of the 8th EDF in  detail, and agreed to
return to the question at  an additional meeting at 18.OO  on 15 February

The Council  took note  of three Commission  reports on the  abolition of
tariff quotas  on ACP  and OCT  rum imports  and measures  to be  adopted
under POSEIDOM.   In  its reports  the Commission  reached the  following

- Community rum:  the Commission will propose giving France the option of
  applying reduced  taxes on its territory to traditional rum produced in
  the OCT; 

- ACP rum: abolition  of the tariff quota  for light rum  from 1  January
  1996 and maintenance  of a tariff quota  of 20 000 HPA (hectolitres  of
  pure alcohol)  for traditional  rum in 1996,  to be increased by  2 OOO
  HPA each  year until  the  quota is  finally abolished  from 1  January

- OCT rum: abolition of the tariff quota from 1 January 1996.

The   Council  instructed  the  Permanent  Representatives  Committee  to
continue examining  the  issue  in  the light  of  delegations'  comments
during the discussion, with a view to adoption of the  new rules for rum,
if possible on 6 March 1995.

At the  same time, the  Council requested the Commission  to continue its
consultations on the issue with the ACP States.


On the  basis of a Commission  report on the setting  up of the WTO,  the
Council held a  broad policy  debate on the  sectoral negotiations to  be
held in the WTO, and on the new subjects covered.

At the  close of  the debate,  the President  emphasized the  fundamental
importance  which the European Union attached  to  setting up the WTO and
getting it to work effectively.

He  reaffirmed  the  objective of  concluding  the  sectoral negotiations
which  were still not finished within the  deadlines set in the Marrakesh

On  this  basis he  proposed  further consideration  of the  new subjects
(trade/investment,  trade/environment,  trade/currency  and  trade/social
legislation),  and on the  other subjects listed  by the  Chairman of the
Trade Negotiating  Committee in Marrakesh, with a view to consultation at
the WTO,  the OECD and the ILO.   The President accordingly called on the
Commission to submit discussion  papers and  to define its priorities  in
close consultation with the Article 113 Committee.

The Council also  instructed the Article 113 Committee and the  Permanent
Representatives   Committee  to  submit  the  text   of  the  negotiating
directives on services for appraisal at its next meeting on 6 March.

The  Council expressed its determination to have  the Director-General of
the WTO appointed quickly and, with that in mind, to  take fresh steps to
support and promote Mr Ruggiero's candidature.


The Council  approved the  directives to  be followed  by the  Commission
when negotiating under GATT Article XXIV-6.

Following  the enlargement of the Community, negotiations  with the other
GATT contracting  parties should start as soon as possible, in accordance
with  GATT  Article XXIV-6,   to  make  arrangements   for  cases   where
application  of the CCT by  the new Member States would  mean changing or
withdrawing concessions that they had granted previously.  


The  Council  took  note  of  the  Presidency's  work  programme (annexed
hereto) for the months as regards relations with the  CCEEs following the
conclusions of the Essen European Council.


The Council  took note  of recent developments  concerning the  Stability
Pact process.

It  heard  a  presentation  by  the  Commission  on  the  list  of  draft
accompanying measures  to be annexed to  the final document  of the Pact,
which will be  adopted at the final conference scheduled to take place in
Paris on 2O and 21 March 1995.

The  Council also noted that the Commission would shortly be submitting a
report to  the Council on  the implementation  of the new  instrument for
regional  cooperation and  good  neighbourliness in  accordance  with the
conclusions of the Essen European Council.

Lastly, it called on  the Commission  actively to pursue its  discussions
on the preparations  for implementation of the accompanying measures  for
the Stability Pact.


The European  Union reiterates  its attachment  to the  conclusion of  an
overall resolution  of the  conflicts in  former Yugoslavia  guaranteeing
the  sovereignty and  territorial integrity  of  all States  within their
internationally recognized borders.

Stressing  in this  connection  the  importance which  it  places on  the
mutual  recognition  of the  States  which have  emerged from  the former
Yugoslavia, the European  Union endorses the  plan to  hold a meeting  to
that end between  Presidents Tudjman, Izetbegovic and  Milosevic.  Such a
summit could  pave the way  to an international  conference to deal  with
all  matters relating to  the conflict in former  Yugoslavia in line with
the Peace Plan.

The European Union recalls that  its representatives at the international
conference  on the  former  Yugoslavia  put forward,  together  with  the
United States  of  America  and  the Russian  Federation, a  plan  for  a
political   solution   in   Croatian   territory   under   United Nations
protection.   The Union  supports this  plan and  calls upon  the parties
concerned to  begin negotiations as quickly  as possible on  the basis of
this reasonable and balanced plan.

Lastly,  the European  Union reaffirms  its  conviction that  the ongoing
presence of UNPROFOR  in Croatia is  of capital importance for  peace and
security in the region.


The European  Union continues  to follow  with concern  the situation  in
Chechnya.  It  has noted with disquiet  that fighting is  still going  on
and that serious human rights  violations are still taking place,  as was
established by the OSCE mission which went to Chechnya.

The European  Union refers  to its  Declaration of  23 January 1995.   It
intends to maintain  its vigilance  and keep up  its endeavours with  the
Russian authorities for them to:

. conclude a humanitarian  ceasefire immediately with  the assistance  of
  the ICRC;

. keep to  the letter of the provisions  of the OSCE  Code of Conduct and
  of Additional Protocol No 2 to the 1949 Geneva Convention;

. take  the   required  steps  to  guarantee  free  movement  of  aid  to
  populations in need;

. open a local office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

The  European Union  urges  the parties  to begin  talks  on  declaring a
lasting ceasefire and negotiations for a political solution.

The European  Union expresses its appreciation of the mission to Chechnya
by  the representative of  the OSCE  Presidency and confirms  its support
for the efforts made in that  connection, particularly with regard to the
dispatch of further missions - which  must be in a position to  carry out
their mandate in full - on  questions involving human rights, restoration
of  constitutional order  in  accordance with  international  obligations
concerning human rights  and preparations for free  and fair elections in


(a)       On the  basis  of  an  oral  report from  the  Commission,  the
          Council assessed the progress  of the current negotiations with
          Israel,  Morocco  and  Tunisia  and  the  prospects  for  their
          conclusion.    It  expressed the  hope  that  negotiations with
          Israel  and  Tunisia  could  be  concluded  soon and  that  the
          substantive stage of the  negotiations with Morocco could begin

     The  Council welcomed the recent opening of  negotiations with Egypt
     and noted with great  interest that  the Commission was planning  to
     submit proposals  in the  near future for opening  negotiations with

(b)       The   Council  noted  that  there  was   agreement  subject  to
          confirmation  on the general political framework for developing
          future  relations  between   the  European  Union  and   Turkey
          (creation of  a customs union  and other  areas of cooperation)
          and  with  Cyprus   (message  on  the   opening  of   accession

(c)       The Commission submitted  the report of  the European  observer
          for Cyprus.

(d)       With  more specific  reference to  Turkey, the Council  noted a
          very  broad  measure  of  agreement  on  the  various  specific
          questions concerning the  position to be taken by the Community
          at the next EC-Turkey  Association Council meeting  to be  held
          at  the time of the Council  meeting on 6 and 7  March 1995, at
          which  the  aim was  to  conclude discussions  on setting  up a
          customs  union with  Turkey  and  on the  development  of other
          areas of cooperation, political  dialogue and the resumption of
          financial cooperation.


The  Council  discussed EU  relations  with Ukraine  and decided  to make
high-level representations to  the Ukrainian authorities to urge them  to
step up their  efforts to close Chernobyl  and to implement the  security
measures  already   decided  on,   which   would  be   financed  by   the
international community.


In  view of  the  deteriorating  situation  in Burundi,  particularly  as
regards refugees,  the Council decided to send a special  EU envoy to the
country to press the need for moderation and reconciliation.


The Council raised the problem of the situation in East Timor  and agreed
to continue the  Union's action on  the matter, especially within  the UN
Commission for Human Rights in Geneva.


The Council  noted that  there  was agreement,  with  the United  Kingdom
delegation  abstaining, a scrutiny reservation by Sweden and a linguistic
reservation by Finland,  on the common  position on the Directive  on the
protection of individuals with regard  to the processing of personal data
and on  the free  movement of  such data.   The common  position will  be
adopted  finally  after the  text has  been checked  in the  new official
languages of the  Union.  The  Directive is to be adopted  by the Council
and the European  Parliament under the co-decision procedure. The  Member
States will  then have  three years in  which to  put the  legislation on
their statute books.

The Directive forms part of moves to create a European  information area,
in which  there will probably be a substantial increase in the processing
of  personal data However,  the emergence of "information super-highways"
and of  "multi-media" will  create the potential  for data  processing to
intrude increasingly on people's privacy.

The  Directive  is  designed  to  establish  a  clear  and  stable  legal
framework, which is essential for the  information society to develop  in
a manner acceptable to the European citizen.

It will  ensure  that  personal  data  can  move  freely  throughout  the
Community,  but  prevent the  distortions  of  competition and  risks  of
relocation of  undertakings that  might ensue, by securing  an equivalent
high level  of protection  for individuals with  regard to  processing of
such data in all Member States.

The  Directive places  obligations on  the  users  of data  (individuals,
public authorities, undertakings or associations) and  establishes rights
for data  subjects,  while  leaving  the  Member  States  some  room  for
manoeuvre as regards transposition into national legislation.

The principles laid down by the Directive concern, in particular:

- the   conditions  under   which  the   processing   of  personal   data
  (collection, alteration, use, alignment or combination,  erasure, etc.)
  is legitimate;

- the rights  of the  data  subject  (right to  be informed,  in  various
  circumstances, when  data is to be  processed, to be  able to  find out
  what  the  data  is  and  to  have  it  corrected  if  it  should prove
  inaccurate, or to object to processing);

- data  quality (it  must  be  accurate, collected  fairly  and lawfully,
  recorded for specified, legitimate purposes, etc.);

- confidentiality and security of processing;

- appointment  by the  Member  States of  public authorities  to  monitor
  implementation of the Directive.

The Directive will cover the private  as well as the public sector, apart
from  activities which  do not  come under  Community law  (such as those
stipulated in  the provisions of the Treaty on European Union on the CFSP
and cooperation in the fields of  justice and home affairs).  It will not
apply either to processing for the  purposes of public security,  defence
and national security.

As regards  the processing  of data carried  out solely  for journalistic
purposes or the  purpose of artistic or  literary expression,  the common
position stipulates that  the Member States  should provide the necessary
exemptions to  reconcile the  right to privacy  with the  rules governing
freedom of expression.



1. Bilateral dialogue:  The following are planned in this context:
  -  Association Councils  (on the  occasion of  General Affairs  Council

     . April   :    Romania, Czech Republic

     . May     :    Bulgaria, Slovak Republic 

  -  Parliamentary Association Committees:

     . Poland (30 January to 1 February, Warsaw)
     . Slovak Republic (16 and 17 March, Strasbourg)
     . Bulgaria (6 and 7 April, Strasbourg)
     . Romania (19 and 20 April, Bucharest)
     . Hungary (22 to 24 May, Budapest)
     . Czech Republic (29 to 31 May, Prague)

   - Joint Committees and Association Committees:

     . Joint Committee with Slovakia (16 February)
     . Association Committees with Poland and Hungary (May)
     . Other States: to be decided.

2. Multilateral or "structured" dialogue:

  -  Six joint meetings of the Council  with the Central European  States
     linked to  the European Union by an  Association Agreement which  is
     in force or  has been  signed will be  organized on the occasion  of
     the following meetings:

     Economic and Financial Questions: 20 March
  Culture: 3  and  4 April  (and  invitation  of  the  Ministers  of  the
  associated States to the informal meeting on 14 February)
       General Affairs: 10 and 11 April
       Internal Market: 6 June
       Research: 9 June
       Justice and Home Affairs: 20 June.

  The future Spanish Presidency has,  moreover, announced that it planned
  to hold  the following  meetings (included in  this note  in accordance
  with the  report on  the  strategy for  preparing  accession which  was
  approved by the latest European Council):
       Justice and Home Affairs: 25 September
       Transport: 28 September
       Agriculture: 16 October
       Education: 23 October
       General Affairs: 30 October.

  -  In  the  context  of  the  CFSP  and  the  political  dialogue,  the
     following are planned  at three levels, in  addition to  the Council
     meeting on 10 and 11 April:

       Political Committee: 3 and 4 April
     . European Correspondents' Group: 7 February and 3 April
  Working   parties:  12 working   parties   will  have   meetings   with
  experts from the Associated States.

  -  In  the context  of Justice  and Home  Affairs, in  addition  to the
     Council  meeting on  20 June, a  meeting between  the K.4  Committee
     Troika  and   the  CCEE  Coordinators  was   held  in  Brussels   on
     19 January. 

3. The White  Paper  on  alignment  with  the  internal  market  will  be
   prepared in accordance with the following timetable:

  -  March: discussion at the informal internal market meeting
  -  Early April:  discussion at  the General Affairs  Council on  10 and
     11 April on the  basis of a Commission  report, and  discussion with
     the Ministers for Foreign Affairs of  the associated States (10  and
     11 April) on the main lines of the White Paper.

  -  Late April: forwarding of the White Paper to the Council
  -  6 June:  meeting with the  associated States'  Ministers responsible
     for the internal market
  -  General  Affairs   Council  on   12  and   13 June:  discussion   in
     preparation for the European Council.

4. The following will result from the Stability Pact:

  -  General Affairs Council  on 6 February: submission by the Commission
     of  the Annex on  accompanying measures  and the  report on  the new
     programme  devoted to  regional  co-operation and  good  neighbourly

  -  General Affairs Council  on 6 March:  discussion of those  documents
     and preparation of the concluding Conference.
     The  concluding Conference on the Stability  Pact will be held on 20
     and 21 March.
5. With  regard   to  PHARE,  a  Commission   report  on  improving   the
   transparency and effectiveness of the programme is expected in April.

6. Agricultural questions will be addressed from several angles:

   - The Association Agreements  must be adapted to  take account  of the
     impact of enlargement  and the Uruguay Round.   The  Presidency will
     ensure that the negotiations will be conducted with this aim.

   - Commission  reports (use  of tariff  quotas,  effects of  subsidized
     exports)  should  be   forwarded  before  the  end  of  the   French

7. With regard  to cumulation  of  rules of  origin,  the Council  should
   discuss implementation of the first stage  of the strategy decided  on
   by  the  Essen  European  Council  in this  field,  on  the  basis  of
   proposals to be forwarded by the Commission.

(adopted without debate)


Following  the  enlargement  of the  Community  on  1  January  1995, the
Council as now  constituted confirmed the Decision  taken on  15 December
1994 on  the signing  of the Partnership  and Cooperation  Agreement with
Kyrgyzstan, including  the  three  new  Member  States  in  the  list  of
signatories  and Swedish  and Finnish  among the  languages in  which the
Agreement  is drawn  up.   The  Agreement is  scheduled to  be signed  on
9 February 1995.

Former Yugoslavia

The  Council supplemented its  Decision of 12 December  on a joint action
on continued  support for  European Union administration  of the  town of
Mostar.   The  new  Decision  brings  the  total  budget  needed  for  EU
administration  of Mostar  for the  period up  to 31 December  1995 to  a
maximum of ECU 80 million.

Quorum: Amendment of the Council's rules of procedure 

following the enlargement of the Union  on 1 January 1995, the  number of
members of the  Council required  to be present in  order for it  to vote
has risen  from six to eight. The  Council amended Article 7 of its Rules
of procedure accordingly.

Non-preferential rules of origin - negotiations in the WTO

The  Council  authorized the  Commission to  conduct negotiations  in the
World Trade Organization and the World  Customs Organization with a  view
to harmonizing non-preferential rules of origin.

The  negotiations   to  be  conducted   by  the   Commission  will  cover
disciplines,  definition of the  concept of  "wholly obtained  goods" and
"minimal  operations  or  processes"  and  the  concept  of  "substantial


The Council adopted Regulations

- amending Regulation (EEC)  No 1873/84 authorizing the offer or disposal
  for direct human consumption of certain  imported wines which may  have
  undergone oenological processes  not provided  for in Regulation  (EEC)
  No 822/87.
  The aim is  to extend  the derogation granted  to wines originating  in
  the United States until 31 December 1995;

- amending Regulation (EEC) No 2390/89  laying down general rules for the
  import of wines, grape juice and grape must.
  The aim  is to extend until 31 December 1995 the derogations allowing a
  certain  degree of flexibility  as regards  the certificates  of origin
  and  the  analysis  reports to  be  provided by  the  United  States on
  condition that that country offers specific guarantees  accepted by the

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