Thursday, 29 January 2004

Ceisteanna (56)

Ciarán Cuffe

Ceist:

47 Mr. Cuffe asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform his plans, through the Irish Presidency, to promote the proposal for an EU framework decision on racism and xenophobia. [2515/04]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform)

The Commission presented a proposal for a Council framework decision on combating racism and xenophobia in November 2001. It was extensively discussed at working party and other levels, including the JHA Council in February 2003. The Council instructed its relevant bodies to further examine the proposal with a view to trying to reach agreement. Subsequent discussions at official level, however, led to the conclusion that agreement was not possible on the measure.

The Irish Presidency, in the light of the outcome of earlier discussions, is exploring whether a basis exists for making progress on the proposal.