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C 261 E/46 Official Journal of the European Communities EN 18.9.

2001

The table comprises the officials and temporary staff in active employment, all budgets mixed (Adminis-
tration, Research and Technological Development, Office for Official Publications and OLAF).

(2001/C 261 E/046) WRITTEN QUESTION E-0140/01


by Christopher Huhne (ELDR) to the Council
(1 February 2001)

Subject: Legislative discussions

Does the Council see any problem in separating the items of a legislative and those of an executive nature
discussed within the Council?

(2001/C 261 E/047) WRITTEN QUESTION E-0141/01


by Christopher Huhne (ELDR) to the Council
(1 February 2001)

Subject: Open debates

What is the Council’s objection to the opening up of its meetings to the public and the press whenever
items of a legislative nature are discussed and put to the vote?

(2001/C 261 E/048) WRITTEN QUESTION E-0142/01


by Christopher Huhne (ELDR) to the Council
(1 February 2001)

Subject: Secrecy of national legislatures

Is the Council aware of any EU Member State which has a chamber of its legislature that meets in secret
when discussing legislation?

(2001/C 261 E/049) WRITTEN QUESTION E-0143/01


by Christopher Huhne (ELDR) to the Council
(1 February 2001)

Subject: Democratic criteria

If a Member State decided that its national legislature should henceforth meet in secret, would the Council
believe that such a Member State continued to meet the criteria set out in Article 6 of the Treaty on
European Union?

(2001/C 261 E/050) WRITTEN QUESTION E-0144/01


by Christopher Huhne (ELDR) to the Council
(1 February 2001)

Subject: Council secrecy

Will the Council seek the advice of its Legal Service so as to ascertain whether the continued practice of
meeting in secret, even when discussing legislation, is consistent with:
(a) the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, and
(b) the constitutional traditions common to the Member States?