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8 May 2002


for Question Time at the part-session in July 2002

pursuant to Rule 43 of the Rules of Procedure

by Dirk Sterckx

to the Council

  Subject: Inadequacy of the ‘strawberry regulation' in the event of serious obstruction of the free movement of goods

 Answer in plenary 

Since November 2001, the movement of goods by rail between France and the United Kingdom through the Channel Tunnel has been seriously obstructed. The Commission has taken all the measures it can under the ‘strawberry regulation’[1]. If one considers the present situation, it is clear that the Commission’s powers under this regulation are inadequate. The free movement of goods through the Channel Tunnel continues to be seriously obstructed. Why has the Council rejected the Commission’s proposal to increase and improve the scope of this regulation, and what measures have Member States taken to implement the resolution of the Internal Market Council of 27 September 2001?



Tabled: 08.05.2002


[1]  Council Regulation (EC) 2679/98, OJ L 337, 12.12.1998.

Original language of question: NL 
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