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93/728/CFSP: Council Decision of 20 December 1993 concerning the joint action adopted by the Council on the basis of Article J.3 of the Treaty on European Union on the inaugural conference on the stability pact

Official Journal L 339 , 31/12/1993 P. 0001 - 0002
Finnish special edition: Chapter 11 Volume 24 P. 0203
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COUNCIL DECISION of 20 December 1993 concerning the joint action adopted by the Council on the basis of Article J.3 of the Treaty on European Union on the inaugural conference on the stability pact (93/728/CFSP)

THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION,

Having regard to the Treaty on European Union, and in particular Articles J.3 and J.11 thereof,

Having regard to the conclusions of the European Council on 21 and 22 June 1993 on a pact on stability in Europe and the general approach of the European Council on 29 October 1993 whereby a stability pact to resolve the problem of minorities and to strengthen the inviolability of frontiers will be a staple component of joint action aimed at promoting stability, reinforcing the democratic process and developing regional cooperation in Central and Eastern Europe,

Having regard to the conclusions of the European Council on 10 and 11 December calling upon the Community to implement the initiative on a pact on stability in Europe as a joint action in accordance with the Treaty on European Union,

HAS DECIDED AS FOLLOWS:

Article 1

The European Union will convene an inaugural conference on a pact on stability in Europe, to be held in Paris around April 1994, to which the countries principally concerned by the initiative, the countries immediately neighbouring the countries principally concerned, States likely to make a particular contribution to the initiative, countries with an interest in stability in Europe by virtue of their defence commitments and countries which have association agreements with the Union (Albania, Austria, Belarus, Bulgaria, Canada, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, the Holy See, Hungary, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Moldova, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and the United States) will be invited as participants, and representatives of international organizations concerned by the initiative (CSCE, Council of Europe, WEU, NATO and the United Nations). Those countries and organizations would be prepared to endorse the idea of and arrangements for the conference adopted by the Union at the end of the formal consultations which it is to hold. Any other States participating in the CSCE which accepted that idea and those arrangements would also be invited as observers.

Article 2

The inaugural conference will put into effect preventive diplomacy aimed at fostering good neigbourly relations and encouraging countries, in particular through the conclusion of appropriate agreements, to consolidate their borders and to resolve the problems of national minorities which arise. Those agreements, and the complementary arrangements that accompany them, should constitute the basis for a stability pact which would be intended to be forwarded to the CSCE, which would act as its guardian.

Article 3

The inaugural conference will be preceded by a round of formal consultations held by the Union with all the countries and organizations in the project, with a view to preparing for it.

Article 4

The detailed arrangements which will have to govern the holding of this conference, the negotiation process to be conducted and the stability pact to be concluded are laid down in the reports on the stability pact approved by the European Council on 10 and 11 December 1993.

Article 5

The inaugural conference will be organized by the host country in close coordination with the Presidency. This Decision entails no operational expenditure.

Article 6

This Decision shall enter into force on this day. It covers the first stage of the joint action, which will end with the meeting of the inaugural conference. In due course the Council will take the necessary measures for continuation of the joint action.

Article 7

This Decision shall be published in the Official Journal.

Done at Brussels, 20 December 1993.

For the Council

The President

W. CLAES