Written Answers. - EU Negotiations.

Gay Mitchell

Ceist:

112 Mr. G. Mitchell asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform if he will report on the EU draft negotiation mandate on the Dublin parallel agreement with Norway and Iceland. [25491/99]

There is general consensus that there should be agreement between the member states of the European Union and Norway and Ireland along the lines of the Dublin Convention.

It has not yet been possible to reach agreement among the member states on the precise terms of any agreement, due to a difference of opinion between Spain and the United Kingdom on the territorial scope of an agreement.