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Charles Tannock MEP: The role of MEPs in EU Foreign policy

The EU has 28 Member States and 24 official languages. The UN, with 193 Member States, operates with just six, and the 47-Member-State Council of Europe has just two official languages. Working towards a more efficient and cost effective interpretation process is of course welcome, but the recommendations do not offer the radical solution which would be the logical step for an expanding supranational institution such as the EU.

Ambassador of Paraguay

The Ambassador of Paraguay, HE Miguel Angel Solano-Lopez Casco, addressed the Conservative Foreign and Commonwealth Council last night in central London.

Ambassador of Costa Rica

The Ambassador of Costa Rica, HE Pilar Saborio de Rocafort, addressed the Conservative Foreign and Commonwealth Council last night in central London. 

Minister Counsellor of the Embassy of Chile

Mr Rodrigo Espinosa, Minister Counsellor for Chile, gave a fascinating wide ranging briefing about UK-Chile links particularly touching on the history and politics of the country. The Cultural Attache, Mr Cristian Leon, and the Commercial Attache, Mr Cristian Lopez, also gave enthusiastic briefings about the unique geography, diverse culture and economy on the rise.

Ambassador of Norway

The Ambassador of Norway, HE MR KIM TRAAVIK, Ambassador of Norway and Sir Michael Craig-Cooper CBE TD DL, spoke on "Norwegian Foreign Policy, with Special Emphasis on EU Relations" at a meeting and reception held at the Ambassador's residence in Kensington, W8. Sir Michael Craig-Cooper, Vice Chairman, was in the Chair and Peter Friedmann gave the vote of thanks.

Problems with British International Aid

Mr Gordon Bridger, formerly of DFID, gave a slide show presentation arguing that aid has been mis-directed. He quoted Lord Lawson: "British aid on balance did more harm than good".

Annual Summer Diplomatic Party 2013

Baroness Chalker of Wallasey, Patron, Conservative Foreign and Commonwealth Council, and Mr Rehman Chishti MP, Deputy Chairman, were the hosts at the annual Diplomatic Party of the Council held yesterday at the House of Commons.

High Commissioner of the Republic of Mozambique

Allow me to begin my deep appreciation to the Council for the kind invitation to come and speak. I wish also to thank you for taking the time to be here and for your interest in my country, Mozambique. We do not take this for granted and we will always seek best ways of keeping this partnership alive.

Albert A Poggio OBE, UK Representative of Gibraltar

Mr Poggio gave a wide-ranging talk about some of the 'theatres' that Gibraltar is involved in as well as the three pillars of the economy: tourism, retail shopping and financial services. "Gibraltar is booming" he said.