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2000 EN Official Journal of the European Communities C 374 E/111

Answer given by Mr Fischler on behalf of the Commission

(15 March 2000)

As the Honourable Member states, the Community helps finance promotional programmes for certain
agricultural products originating in its territory. At present these include olive oil, milk and milk products,
quality beef and veal, apples and citrus fruits, nuts, table olives, raisins, grape juice, quality products from
the outermost regions, live flowers and plants and fibre flax. The legal basis for the Community part-
financing of these programmes is provided by the Council Regulation on each individual product.

In order to extend the possibility of supporting such promotional programmes for agricultural products,
the Commission intends soon to submit to the Council a draft regulation to harmonise and simplify the
system for promoting agricultural products in the Community. To that end, the list of products included in
this system will not be a closed one, and any product will then be able to seek to be the subject of a
promotional campaign part-financed by the Community.

(2000/C 374 E/129) WRITTEN QUESTION E-0580/00
by Mark Watts (PSE) to the Commission

(29 February 2000)

Subject: European sustainable transport policy

Can traditional EU institutional allies, especially the Parliament and the Commission, themeselves maintain
a sense of unity in disseminating notions of a ‘European Interest’ to a wider audience?

Answer given by Mr Prodi on behalf of the Commission

(15 June 2000)

The Commission regrets that it does not have sufficient information to be able to answer the question.

(2000/C 374 E/130) WRITTEN QUESTION E-0581/00
by Mark Watts (PSE) to the Commission

(29 February 2000)

Subject: European sustainable transport policy

To what extent have traditional conflicting relations between national and local levels of governments, in
EU Member States, created difficulties for T-TEN project development?

Answer given by Mrs de Palacio on behalf of the Commission

(10 April 2000)

In accordance with the principle of subsidiarity, Member States are responsible for the implementation of
the network within their own territory. The respective roles of national, regional and local government in
infrastructure project development vary between Member States, but in each case negotiations between the
different national actors take place within the Member State concerned, without direct involvement from
the Commission.