Examination of Witness (Questions 1197
WEDNESDAY 7 JUNE 2000
1197. Thank you for coming. What a fascinating
name and a different accent.
(Mr Bergevin) Yes. As you can probably hear it is
South London actually. My grandfather was French and emigrated
to London. He was one of the first Europeans! They were chefs
actually. In those days you used to make very good money in the
London hotels, the beginning of the century.
1198. They still do.
A. I cannot cook for my life.
1199. Do you want to say a few words first of
A. Just to explain, so that you know, I work
in the Internal Market Directorate-General and more specifically
in the unit which is entitled Media, Commercial Communications
which is our wording for advertising and unfair competition. Probably
of greatest interest to you is the fact that unit was responsible
for the drafting of the so-called E-Commerce Directive that, as
you know, has been recently adopted by the European Parliament.
So that is the state where I am. I have looked at your questions.
First of all, I would like to apologise on behalf of my director
and head of unit. My director is currently in COREPER talking
about issues such as copyright, which I notice is an issue of
interest to you. My head of unit is actually in Paris with my
Commissioner regarding a certain French law on advertising, which
I am quite happy to go into detail on but maybe not for the record.
All of your questions are covered by the work of the Directorate-General
where I work. Some of the ones on financial services I am afraid
I will have to give you the stock line as I know it from the background
that I have taken. As regards e-commerce and also what we know
the French Presidency, or we suspect the French Presidency to
be looking for, I shall do my best on that.