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C 219 E/126 Official Journal of the European Communities EN 1.8.

2000

3. In the interests of transparency, will the Council provide Parliament with summary reports of these
meetings and with any documents on which discussions have been based?

4. With regard to the proposed directive on the taxation on savings income (‘withholding tax’), press
reports have recently indicated that Commissioner Bolkestein appears to be softening his approach be
permitting exemptions for eurobond trading from the withholding tax. What is the prospect of such an
exemption being agreed? What are the most likely terms of such an exemption?

5. Will the Final Report of the Working Group on the Code of Conduct for Business Taxation be
completed on time? Will this report be made public? What measures, and in which Member States, are
included in the report?

Reply

(14 February 2000)

One of the main priorities of the Presidency in the last months was to bring to a conclusion the three
elements of the so-called Tax package before the Helsinki European Council. With that aim, intensive
discussions concerning both technical questions and basic features have taken place within the Council
itself and its competent bodies (at technical and high level). The Council will continue to inform Parliament
in the usual way on these developments.

With regard to the proposal for a Directive on the taxation of savings, it emerged from the discussions
held so far, that the views of Member States still not have converged on some of the key issues.

The Code of Conduct Group on business taxation brought its discussions on the assessment of potentially
harmful measures to a conclusion. A report on its work has been forwarded to the Ecofin Council of
29 November 1999. According to paragraph H of the Code of Conduct, the reports of the Code of
Conduct Group will be published, if the Council so decides.

(2000/C 219 E/157) WRITTEN QUESTION E-2221/99

by Christopher Huhne (ELDR) to the Commission

(1 December 1999)

Subject: Promotions in the Commission and in the Member States

Would the Commission please indicate the proportion of employees of the Commission who have been
promoted by one grade, two grades and three grades in the last five-year period and provide comparisons
for the civil services of the five largest Member States?

Answer given by Mr Kinnock on behalf of the Commission

(9 December 1999)

A table with the details of the total number and proportion of Commission employees who have been
promoted by one grade, two grades and three grades in the five year period from 1994-1998 is being sent
directly to the Honourable Member and to Parliament’s Secretariat.

The Commission does not have comparable figures for the civil services of Member States or the legal
authority to require provision of such statistics.