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2001 EN Official Journal of the European Communities C 350 E/211

on youth policies. At the last Council of Ministers for Youth, held in Brussels on 28 May 2001, the
Member States advocated an ambitious White Paper which would aim high. Nonetheless, Commissioner
Reding, while stopping short of announcing that there would be no White Paper, has warned that the final
text could prove to be a document ‘devoid of content’.

Can the Commission explain the nature of the problems encountered or the reasons which have led it to
consider that the final text could be a document ‘devoid of content’?

What action does the Commission intend to take to meet its original goal of submitting the White Paper
by November 2001?

Joint answer
to Written Questions E-1694/01, E-1733/01, E-1903/01, E-1904/01 and E-2050/01
given by Mrs Reding on behalf of the Commission

(2 August 2001)

The Commission believes that the policy of European co-operation in the youth field should be
strengthened. This is why, at the end of 1999, the Commission began to draw up a White Paper on this
subject at the instigation of the Member of the Commission with responsibility for Education and Culture.

The Commission wanted a hitherto unprecedented consultation process to take place beforehand:
consultations with young people in each Member State in 2000, in connection with which a European-
level meeting was held in Paris in October 2000; consultations with civil society organisations and
academics; discussions with the Member States. This process was completed in March 2001 in Umeå,
Sweden.

The Commission, now sure of the support of young people and the Member States, has since then been in
the process of drawing up the White Paper, which should be published before the end of the year.

(2001/C 350 E/235) WRITTEN QUESTION E-1698/01


by Alexandros Alavanos (GUE/NGL) to the Commission

(14 June 2001)

Subject: Postponement of new cotton regulation

Although it is the end of May and the cotton crop has long since passed the planting stage, the new cotton
regulation has not yet been published. According to reports from the Council of Agriculture Ministers held
on 24 April 2001, a decision was taken to introduce provisions for increasing the coresponsibility levy on
surplus production, which are different and less favourable than both the current provisions and the
Commission’s proposal and were unknown to cotton-growers at the time of planting their crops.

In view of the fact that the Commission has repeatedly in the past adopted legislation on the basis of
farmers’ ‘need to be informed in good time of the provisions which will apply to the crops they grow’
(COM 576/1999 (1), amending the regulation on flax and hemp), will it postpone implementation of the
new cotton regulation since cotton growers were unaware at the time of planting their crops of the
differences from the Commission’s proposal and of the higher ‘fines’ laid down by the new cotton
regulation?

(1) OJ C 56 E, 29.2.2000, p. 17.