21. The report of the High Level Group on Organised Crime, approved by the Amsterdam Council, recommended that the Naples II Convention be adopted by the end of the year. The Luxembourg Presidency hopes to reach a political agreement by the end of this year. It is therefore possible that it will be submitted to the Council for an agreement in early December. At its last meeting, Subcommittee E decided to conduct a brief investigation into the draft convention on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters, the documents of which repeatedly explicitly refer to the Naples II Convention. The subcommittee will consider the interaction between the two conventions and will not be able to conclude its work until the next meeting of the Justice and Home Affairs Council on 4 and 5 December, when political agreement is expected on the text of the Naples II Convention. I therefore expect you to retain the government`s approval of this proposal until Subcommittee E completes its current investigation. As you indicated in your letter, the Amsterdam European Council approved, earlier this year, the report of the High Level Group on Organised Crime, which contained a recommendation to finalise the text of this convention by the end of the year. The luxembourg Presidency`s efforts have been geared towards this objective and they have recently expressed their desire to sign and sign the convention on 18 December. In essence, the government is eager for this crime and drug measure to be adopted as soon as possible.
This is precisely the area of activity of the EU that the government wants to promote in order to bring the EU closer to its citizens. I understand that, in the various other Member States which apply parliamentary control to the third pillar documents, the speed of the measures taken by the Presidency has forced them to make additional efforts to clarify their monitoring processes more quickly than would normally be the case. It is likely that the United Kingdom, if it is not able to complete its review process before 18 December, will have to block the signing of this convention. Such a bloc would be particularly regrettable if our own EU Presidency were about to start. It is possible to wrongly assume that the United Kingdom deliberately obstructed the agreement to claim loans during its own presidency, which could lead to a loss of goodwill that would complicate our conduct of a successful presidency. The final treaty was signed on 28 March in Florence through Russian General Levaschef, sent by Tsar Paul I at the request of Maria Carolina. The main points of the agreement were: originally, the Naples II Convention aimed to create a new basis for the automated exchange of data between customs administrations and the creation of an EU-wide customs database.