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18.9.

2001 EN Official Journal of the European Communities C 261 E/157

(2001/C 261 E/181) WRITTEN QUESTION E-0598/01


by Bart Staes (Verts/ALE) to the Council

(2 March 2001)

Subject: Referendum on independence for the Faeroe Isles

The Danish Government is threatening to suspend the subsidy it pays to the Faeroe Isles with immediate
effect if the Faeroese people support their government’s plan for independence. The Danish Government is
uttering this threat in order to thwart the Faeroese Government’s plan to achieve independence in 2012 or
thereabouts.

On Saturday, 26 May 2001, the Kallsberg Government will be submitting its plan to the Faeroese people
in a referendum. The proposal seeks a gradual transition towards independence, together with a systematic
reduction in the Danish subsidy. A final decision would be taken in 2012 on whether or not the Faeroe
Isles should become independent after 600 years of Danish rule.

1. What is the Council’s view of the Danish Government’s threat to suspend the subsidy it pays to the
Faeroe Isles with immediate effect if the Faeroese people support their government’s plan for indepen-
dence?

2. Does the Council feel that this threat is consistent with the principles of good governance? If so,
what arguments can the Council advance in order to reconcile this threat with the principles of good
governance?

Reply

(30 May 2001)

The Council would inform the Honourable Member that it has no competence to reply to questions
concerning the domestic policy of a Member State of the European Union.

(2001/C 261 E/182) WRITTEN QUESTION E-0604/01


by Juan Naranjo Escobar (PPE-DE) to the Council

(2 March 2001)

Subject: Community police officers whose nationality is not that of the Member State in which they serve

Among the innovations introduced in recent times by various Member States in the area of policing, the
concept of community police officers stands out as one which has resulted in increased security for the
public notably in the urban periphery.

For a variety of reasons, certain urban areas have a large foreign community made up of EU citizens.

Does the Council consider that in the interest of the approachability and empathy which community
police officers should maintain vis-à-vis the community they are supposed to protect, police cooperation
programmes should be initiated between the police forces of different Member States to enable police
officers from the Member States concerned to assist in local community policing in areas with a large
foreign community of EU citizens?

Reply

(30 May 2001)

1. The European Police Chiefs Operational Task Force, at its meeting in Paris on 14 and 15 September
2000, highlighted similarities in approach between the various community policing methods which exist