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C 203 E/170

Official Journal of the European Communities



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)

Subject: Esperanto


by John Cushnahan (PPE-DE) to the Commission

(16 December 1999)

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)


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.