Eighth Annual Report



APPENDIX 2

Reports and other documents approved by the Body

The Body agreed to the following Resolutions

Twenty-Sixth Plenary, Kilkenny, 23rd and 24th March 2003

RECENT POLITICAL DEVELOPMENTS

THE CURRENT POLITICAL SITUATION

That the Body reaffirms its support for the Good Friday Agreement, which was democratically endorsed by the people of Ireland, both North and South; believes that the full implementation of the Agreement is necessary to ensure peace, stability and sustainable political institutions in Northern Ireland; welcomes the intensive efforts of the two Governments, in consultation with political parties in Northern Ireland, to secure rapid and full implementation of the Agreement, including the restoration of devolved government in Northern Ireland; calls upon all parties involved to redouble their efforts to achieve a successful outcome to this process; and looks forward to the prospect of the Agreement being fully operational and in place before the Assembly elections on 29 May.

RULES OF THE BODY

That the Amendment to Rules (Questions deadlines [Doc No 91]) be made with immediate effect.

That the Amendment to Rules (New Rule: Powers to appoint sub-committees and rapporteurs [Doc No 92]) be made with immediate effect.

That the Amendment to Rules (Shadow Chairmen [Doc No 93]) be made with immediate effect.

TOURISM

That the Body takes note of the Report of Committee C on Tourism [Doc No 87] and the conclusions and recommendations of the Report, which should be forwarded to both governments and devolved administrations for their observations.

PENALTY POINTS

That the Body takes note of the Interim report of Committee A on Penalty Points [Doc No 90].

SEVENTH ANNUAL REPORT OF THE BODY

That the Body takes note of the Seventh Annual Report of the Body [Doc No 89].



Twenty-Seventh Plenary, Ware, 20th and 21st October 2003

The Body agreed to the following Resolutions:

RECENT ILL-HEALTH OF THE BRITISH PRIME MINISTER

That the Body is very sorry to hear of Tony Blair's ill-health; recognizes the immense contribution which the Prime Minister of the UK has made to try to bring about a lasting peaceful solution in Northern Ireland as well as establishing a close working relationship between our two countries; and wishes him a full recovery.

THE CURRENT POLITICAL SITUATION

That the Body remains fully supportive of the Good Friday Agreement as the only way forward for the people of Northern Ireland; recognizes the political progress brought about by the peace process and the Good Friday Agreement, benefiting all the people of these islands; acknowledges the collective responsibility of all concerned, including the two governments and the pro-Agreement parties, to make the Agreement work; calls upon all parties involved to redouble their efforts to achieve the restoration of the devolved institutions; trust that the elections to the Assembly, postponed from May 2003, will be held before the end of the year; and looks forward to welcoming a full delegation of Assembly Members to its spring plenary in 2004.

THE PROPOSED CONSTITUTION FOR EUROPE

That the Body takes note of the proposed constitution for Europe.

SELLAFIELD: RECENT DEVELOPMENTS

That the Body takes note of the report Committee D on Sellafield: Recent Developments and the conclusions and recommendations of the report, which should be forwarded to both governments and the other administrations represented on the Body for their observations and to the British-Irish Council Secretariat for transmission to members of the environmental sectoral group.

PENALTY POINTS

That the Body takes note of the report of the Committee on Sovereign Matters on mutual recognition of penalty points and agrees that the report should be forwarded to the British and Irish governments and the devolved administrations for their observations.


 
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