Concise Minutes - External Affairs and Additional Legislation Committee

Meeting Venue:

Committee Room 5 - Tŷ Hywel

Meeting date: Monday, 21 October 2019

Meeting time: 13.34 - 16.56
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Assembly Members:

David Rees AM (Chair)

Alun Davies AM

Huw Irranca-Davies AM

Mandy Jones AM

David Melding AM


Dr Rachel Minto, Cardiff University

Dr Elin Royles, Aberystwyth University

Dr Kirsty Hughes, Scottish Centre on European Relations

Susie Ventris-Field, Welsh Centre for International Affairs

His Excellency Markku Keinänen, Ambassador of Finland to the United Kingdom

Minttu Tajaamo, Embassy of Finland

Committee Staff:

Alun Davidson (Clerk)

Rhys Morgan (Second Clerk)

Claire Fiddes (Deputy Clerk)

Aled Evans (Legal Adviser)

Nia Moss (Researcher)

Hannah Johnson (Researcher)

Rhun Davies (Researcher)



1       Introductions, apologies, substitutions and declarations of interest

1.1        The Chair welcomed Members to the meeting.

1.2        Apologies were received from Delyth Jewell.

1.3        Apologies were received from Professor Kevin Morgan, Cardiff University.



2       The Finnish Presidency of the EU Council

2.1     His Excellency the Ambassador responded to questions from Members.



3       Round table discussion with academics on the Welsh Government's draft international strategy

3.1     Members discussed the Welsh Government’s draft international strategy with the panel.



4       Paper(s) to note



4.1   Paper to note 1: Performance Report on the Welsh Government Overseas Network

4.1.1  The paper was noted.



4.2   Paper to note 2: Correspondence from the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster to the Chair regarding common frameworks - 14 October 2019

4.2.1  The paper was noted.



4.3   Paper to note 3: Correspondence from the First Minister to the Chair regarding questions not reached during the Committee meeting of 16 September 2019 - 15 October 2019

4.3.1  The paper was noted.



5       Motion under Standing Order 17.42(vi) and (ix) to resolve to exclude the public from the remainder of the meeting

5.1     The motion was agreed.



6       Changes to freedom of movement after Brexit - consideration of draft report

6.1     Members agreed to publish the report subject to amendments.



7       Scrutiny of international agreements

7.1     The Committee considered the UK/Korea: Free Trade Agreement and the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons who are Blind, Visually Impaired, or Otherwise Print Disabled.

7.1.1  The Committee agreed to report on the UK/Korea: Free Trade Agreement.

7.1.2  The Committee agreed to note the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons who are Blind, Visually Impaired, or Otherwise Print Disabled.



8       Forward work programme

8.1     The Committee considered and agreed the forward work programme.





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