Thursday, 5 February 2004

Ceisteanna (60)

Bernard J. Durkan

Ceist:

59 Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for Defence the position in relation to likely requirements arising from PfP; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3534/04]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Defence)

The details of Ireland's participation in PfP to date is set out in our four individual partnership programmes, IPP, copies of which have been lodged in the Oireachtas Library. Activities consist of training courses, seminars, workshops, conferences, staff exercises and table-top exercises. Ireland's fourth IPP, covering the period 2004 to 2005, has been completed in consultation with the Departments of Foreign Affairs, Environment, Heritage and Local Government, Justice, Equality and Law Reform, Health and Children and Communications, Marine and Natural Resources.

As provided for in the presentation document for PfP, Ireland also participates in the PfP planning and review process, known as PARP. In common with the other EU neutrals, Ireland is using the PARP process in connection with planning for the Petersberg tasks. The scope of our involvement in PARP is focused on enhancing interoperability and familiarity with operating procedures in a multinational environment. Participation in PfP activities is entirely voluntary and is based on the principle of self-differentation, that is, a state selects for itself the nature and scope of its participation.

Question No. 60 answered with QuestionNo. 35.