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C 304/98 EN Official Journal of the European Communities 2. 10.


(98/C 304/147) WRITTEN QUESTION E-0418/98

by Paul Rübig (PPE) to the Commission
(24 February 1998)

Subject: Permanent EU representation in the ASEAN countries

A delegation from Parliament has formed a comprehensive picture of the financial crisis in Asia following a visit
to Malaysia and Indonesia.

Despite all the activities by the EU and its Member States, not least through the initiatives of the European
Monetary Institute, and the possible effects of this crisis on Europe, there is a need for a more positive official EU
commitment − in the form of tangible action, as well as through the media. It would be particularly useful to
establish permanent representations of the European Union, e.g. in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. This wish was
repeated in Parliament’s debate in plenary in late January.

Does the Commission agree that a greater media presence and additional representation in the ASEAN countries
would have a positive effect on EU activities and the EU’s capacity to influence events in the region as a whole?

Is the Commission planning any concrete measures to establish delegations in the ASEAN region?

Can the Commission give an indication of a date for this, if a timetable has been drawn up?

Answer given by Mr Van den Broek on behalf of the Commission

(17 March 1998)

The Commission would refer the Honourable Member to its answer to written question P-290/98 by Mr
Bertens (1).

(1) See page 72.

(98/C 304/148) WRITTEN QUESTION E-0422/98

by Graham Watson (ELDR) to the Commission
(24 February 1998)

Subject: The Millenium Bug

What studies has the Commission undertaken on the impact of the millenium bug on the EU institutions?

(98/C 304/149) WRITTEN QUESTION E-0425/98

by Graham Watson (ELDR) to the Commission
(24 February 1998)

Subject: The Millenium Bug

How much does the Commission estimate it will cost to ensure millenium bug compliance for all EU

Joint answer
to Written Questions E- 0422/98 and E-0425/98
Answer given by Mr Liikanen on behalf of the Commission
(3 April 1998)

The Commission is concerned about the vulnerability of enterprises, infrastructures, and public administrations
to the year 2000 computer problem as well as about the possible consequences for consumers. The Commission
adopted a communication (1), in order to raise awareness and set out steps to address year 2000 issues. To
complement the activities being undertaken by the private sector and the Member States, the Commission