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26.1.

2001 EN Official Journal of the European Communities C 26 E/111

Reply

(8 June 2000)

The Treaty contains no specific provisions concerning a Member State’s withdrawal, whether it be from
the EU in general or the third phase of EMU.

(2001/C 26 E/137) WRITTEN QUESTION E-0779/00
by Nicholas Clegg (ELDR) to the Commission

(16 March 2000)

Subject: Common commercial policy and the IGC

In the Commission’s opinion on the Intergovernmental Conference it proposed that the provisions of the
common commercial policy, including qualified-majority voting in the Council, should be extended to
agreements on services and intellectual property.

Can the Commission confirm that the extension of the CCP will cover all services without exception,
including those in the cultural field and audiovisual services in particular?

Answer given by Mr Lamy on behalf of the Commission

(7 April 2000)

The Commission’s opinion on the Intergovernmental Conference (IGC) does not make any distinction
between types of services for the purposes of extending the provisions on commercial policy in Article
133 (ex Article 113) EC Treaty.

(2001/C 26 E/138) WRITTEN QUESTION P-0789/00
by Lord Inglewood (PPE-DE) to the Commission

(9 March 2000)

Subject: The Common Agricultural Policy

In response to a Written Question from Lord Inglewood in the House of Lords (PQ 788 written
28 February 2000) Lady Hayman, the Minister of State, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food said
that ‘the Common Agricultural Policy as currently structured does not serve farmers, consumers and
taxpayers well’. Does the Commission agree?

Answer given by Mr Fischler on behalf of the Commission

(29 March 2000)

The common agricultural policy (CAP) is an evolving policy. It has developed ever since its introduction to
improve its contribution to the objectives laid down in Article 33 (ex Article 39) of the EC Treaty. With
the 1992 reforms and the recent Agenda 2000 reforms, fundamental re-orientations of the CAP have been
introduced in order to increase internal and external competitiveness, and the quality orientation of
agricultural production, to ensure a fair standard of living for the farming community, to better integrate
environmental goals into the CAP and to enhance rural development and the creation of complementary
or alternative income and employment opportunities.