But insisted the only two options if talks fail would be to call another Assembly election or convene the British-Irish Inter-Governmental Conference
It will have to be adopted by the Council and confirmed by the European Council in order to hold the first Inter-Governmental Conference
on Serbia's accession negotiations in January 2014 at the very latest.The Stabilisation and Association Agreement has entered into force on 1 September and Serbia has now a comprehensive framework in place to move closer to the EU and to prepare for its future participation in the Single Market, with all the benefits it offers to business and citizens.In this new phase of relations between the EU and Serbia, the Serbian government will have the crucial task to coordinate and further develop efforts made across the administration on the EU agenda of reforms.
Shortly before Lithuania assumed the presidency, the EU General Affairs Council (GAC) agreed to open accession talks with Turkey on Chapter 22 but delayed an inter-governmental conference
that is supposed to mark the actual start of the talks by at least four months.
The meeting will be preceded by an Extraordinary Meeting of the Arab League Council, which will be chaired by Lebanon and discuss the latest developments in Syria, the Palestinian cause, Israel's bombing of the Yarmouk Military Factory in Khartoum, the 2012 Inter-Governmental Conference
on a Middle East Zone Free of Nuclear and other Weapons of Mass Destruction in Helsinki and the ongoing preparations for the second joint meeting for Arab foreign ministers and their European counterparts.
A spokesman for Mr Clegg said: "It is far too early to speculate on the Government's negotiating position in a future inter-governmental conference
which may well not happen and to which many countries would object.
The environment chapter is set to open on December 21 during a inter-governmental conference
Regarding the EU Constitution, he proposed to clarify the draft on the question of enlargement, to distinguish in the existing text between that which applies to the institutions and that which applies to the Treaties, and to present the text, resulting from the inter-governmental conference
, in 2009 to the French people "with the support of the president of the republic".
Having long been faced with the chop by the Inter-Governmental Conference
, the proposal concocted by the Convention on the Future of Europe for a new legal basis for energy policy, under which the Council of Ministers would take decisions by qualified majority voting in tandem with the European Parliament, was resurrected at the last minute by heads of state and government, albeit with a few safeguards, notably on the question of access to natural resources.
Would an application of this type require a renegotiation of the treaties at an inter-governmental conference
and the unanimous agreement of the 25 member states?
Political Correspondent The European Union is drawing to the end of an inter-governmental conference
intended to finalise the text of the EU constitution.
The PM's spokesman said: ``The Prime Minister and the Chancellor are on exactly the same page on the issue of taxation and the Inter-governmental Conference