Examination of Witness (Questions 120
MONDAY 25 FEBRUARY 2002
120. On the Commission's executive role in the
White Paper you talk about refocusing executive reresponsibility
in practice, what does that mean?
(Commissioner Barnier) Of course we are talking here
about the Commission's core business, the fundamental sovereign
task that it undertakes in trade competition and internal markets
and how best to refocus these key policy areas. Of course it is
very important and there various priorities, we have our priorities
and the member states have theirs. It is important to sort out
these priorities and that is something which will be done in the
course of the convention, we will have to see how we can best
refocus on what our key areas are for the Commission.
121. Can I thank you very much. I am sorry we
have overrun and kept you, it was as a result of the interest
you created in your responses to our questions, and for that I
thank you very much. I wish you well in your duties as Regional
Policy Commissioner, we well remember a former colleague of ours
Mr Bruce Millan, it is a very, very important job and we in parts
of the United Kingdom appreciate just how important that job is.
We wish you well, especially with your task on the Convention,
which we are all looking very keenly to. Thank you very much,
it has been very worth while having you here.
(Commissioner Barnier) I would just like say I look
forward to having another opportunity to meet the Committee, I
attach great importance to the role of national parliaments and
if I may say so I attach great importance to the role that the
United Kingdom has played and continues to play in the whole process
of European unification, that will be particularly important in
the coming years as we face major new challenges.
Chairman: Thank you.