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C 137 E/116 Official Journal of the European Union EN 12.6.


(2003/C 137 E/131) WRITTEN QUESTION E-2741/02

by Emmanouil Bakopoulos (GUE/NGL) to the Commission

(30 September 2002)

Subject: Organic farming in the European Union

The Commission estimates that in some Member States, organic farming  which is expanding rapidly as
a whole  has reached a plateau.

What measures will the Commission take to develop and secure the sustainability of organic farming?

Answer given by Mr Fischler on behalf of the Commission

(12 November 2002)

The Commission has stated in its Sustainable Development Strategy that the mid-term review of the
Common Agricultural Policy should reward quality rather than quantity by, for example, encouraging the
organic sector and other environmentally friendly farming systems.

Currently, and as a farming system beneficial for the environment, organic farming is supported by the
Community via its Rural Development Policy, as laid down in Council Regulation (EC) No 1257/1999 (1),
in the frame of agri-environmental schemes. All Member States have currently measures in place to
support the conversion to and/or the maintenance of organic farming.

In addition, the Commission is now developing an Action Plan for organic food and farming. The objective
of the Action Plan is to analyse the existing situation and to develop proposals for action, which will
facilitate continued growth in the sector. A communication on the Action Plan is expected to be presented
to the Council and the Parliament in December 2002.

(1) Council Regulation (EC) No 1257/1999 of 17 May 1999 on support for rural development from the European
Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund (EAGGF) and amending and repealing certain Regulations, OJ L 160,

(2003/C 137 E/132) WRITTEN QUESTION P-2749/02

by Bart Staes (Verts/ALE) to the Council

(24 September 2002)

Subject: Development of the EU quarter in Brussels with a view to enlargement

At the EU summit in Seville in June of this year, the Belgian Prime Minister outlined his government’s
plans to construct a new building for European summits in Brussels. Javier Solana was then instructed to
explain these plans further to the various governments. This approach may have been adopted partly
because Belgium does not want to bear the full cost of funding such a project alone.

What progress has been made on this matter:

 Which Member States have already agreed to participate financially?

 If any Member States have refused to contribute, on what grounds have they done so?

 What steps does Belgium have to take in order to put the works out to tender under EU legislation
once the Member States have given the go-ahead for the construction of this new facility?