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Parliamentary questions
17 May 2018
E-001695/2018
Answer given by Ms Malmström on behalf of the Commission

The Commission does not consider that the trade provisions in the Singapore and Japan agreements fall within the scope of the exceptions to the qualified majority rule established in Article 207(4) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU). This is because the agreements in question do not include any provision that require unanimity for the adoption of internal rules, and because they do not risk prejudicing the Union's cultural and linguistic diversity, or disturbing the organisation and delivery of social, education and health services.

Taking into account its answer to the first question, the Commission does not think it is necessary in these circumstances to seek the interpretation of the Court of Justice as regards the article 207(4) exceptions.

Last updated: 17 May 2018Legal notice