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C 203 E/170 Official Journal of the European Communities EN 18.7.

2000

The Commission is also committing M€ 10 to the new trust fund of the United Nations transitory
administration in East Timor (Untaet), offering basic administrative and logistical support for future
transitional administration and humanitarian assistance.

From a development perspective, a coherent rehabilitation and reconstruction strategy for the relatively
small territory of East Timor will require extensive co-ordination among all parties. The recent joint
assessment mission led by the World Bank  in which the Commission participated actively  will
provide a basis for developing a blueprint for concrete long-term action that will be discussed at a donors’
meeting in Tokyo on 17 December 1999. The Commission is currently evaluating the joint mission’s
summary report with a view to identifying areas where the Community can best contribute in order to
maximise the efficiency and effectiveness of its aid.

(2000/C 203 E/219) WRITTEN QUESTION E-2376/99
by John Cushnahan (PPE-DE) to the Commission

(16 December 1999)

Subject: Esperanto

Would the Commission give consideration to the inclusion of Esperanto as one of the EU working
languages?

Answer given by Mr Prodi on behalf of the Commission

(6 January 2000)

In accordance with Article 290 of the EC Treaty, ‘The rules governing the languages of the institutions of
the Community shall […] be determined by the Council, acting unanimously.’ That Article does not
provide for any proposal on the part of the Commission.

(2000/C 203 E/220) WRITTEN QUESTION P-2389/99
by Gorka Knörr Borràs (Verts/ALE) to the Commission

(1 December 1999)

Subject: Threats to European investments in Cuba

According to information from official sources, the Spanish undertaking Sol-Meliá has recently been
subjected to pressure from the US authorities over its investments in Cuba.

Is the Commission aware of this pressure? Does it share the view that pressure of any kind on
undertakings from a Member State amounts to a clear gesture of hostility to the European Union as a
whole?

Has the Commission taken steps to examine the matter?

Should the existence of this pressure be confirmed, does the Commission intend to take any form of action
in the framework of the agreements subscribed between the EU and the US?

Answer given by Mr Patten on behalf of the Commission

(16 December 1999)

The Commission is aware that the American authorities have been conducting enquiries under the Helms-
Burton Act into the activities in Cuba of certain Community companies, including Sol-Meliá.