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C 89 E/80 Official Journal of the European Communities EN 20.3.


Joint answer
to Written Questions P-1746/00 and P-1823/00
given by Mr Prodi on behalf of the Commission

(3 August 2000)

As the Commission has already stated in reply to several questions by Members of the Parliament, the
bilateral measures taken by the governments of 14 Member States with regard to the government coalition
in Austria are not matters relating to the EU-Treaty or EC-Treaty and do not affect the rights and
obligations of any Member State under Community law.

The Commission also repeatedly stated that it will continue to accomplish its role as the guardian of the
provisions and values set down in the Treaties and on which the Union is founded and that it confirms its
determination to do so.

As the Honourable Member will be aware, a report on the Austrian Government’s compliance with the
European Union’s shared values is being drawn up, at the request of the Member States, by three leading
figures appointed by the President of the European Court of Human Rights.

(2001/C 89 E/081) WRITTEN QUESTION E-1755/00

by Theresa Villiers (PPE-DE) to the Council

(5 June 2000)

Subject: Tax groups

Can the Council please provide details of all formal and informal groups and committees currently active
in the field of taxation and taxation policy at EU level?

Specifically, could the Council please state:

(a) the remit of these groups,

(b) their composition,

(c) the date these groups first met, and

(d) what future meetings are scheduled?


(23 October 2000)

The Council working parties competent in tax matters are the Working Party on Tax Questions and the
Code of Conduct Group (Business Taxation).

The Working Party on Tax Questions is responsible for preparing all the Permanent Representatives
Committee’s and the Council’s proceedings in the tax field, with the exception of those in connection with
the Code of Conduct (Business Taxation). The Working Party consists of national civil servants and a
representative of the Commission who are competent in the areas covered by the Working Party’s

The Code of Conduct Group (Business Taxation) is responsible for assessing tax measures likely to come
within the scope of the code of conduct in the field of business taxation and monitoring the communica-
tion of information on those measures. The Group consists of a high-level representative and an alternate
from each Member State and the Commission. The Member States and the Commission can appoint up to
two alternates who may take the place of the high-level representative or the alternate when one of them
is unable to attend a Group meeting. The Group met for the first time on 8 May 1998.