Examination of Witness (Questions 1112
WEDNESDAY 7 JUNE 2000
1112. It is very good of you to give us time
in what we know is a very busy life.
(Ms Houtman) Particularly now because I am to cover
some of M. Petite's portfolio. It is mind boggling.
1113. We have to get on a coach at ten minutes
A. Okay. So we will be efficient?
1114. Yes. Did we manage to get the questions
A. I got some questions. They were an indication?
1115. Yes, just an indication.
A. I am not sure I have the answers to anything.
1116. It is just to give you a bit of a feel
for what is occupying our minds. Our remit on this exercise has
been to try and have a look at the ways in which the Commission
particularly is formulating policy on e-commerce. How does it
emerge then? How does it co-ordinate or not as the case may be?
We have had some very interesting sessions.
A. Some good examples of co-ordination. Here
is a field where we do co-ordinate.
1117. We have had interesting examples of innovative
approaches to try to bring different issues together and present
some seamless policies. It is a problem which all States are grappling
with, how do you break down the silos and get co-operation across
the different agencies and departments. The same problems have
been even larger here. The e-Europe Action Plan, this has come
together from I think 11 different Commissioners contributions.
It appears to have been given quite a good wind at Lisbon.
A. Not in Lisbon because in Lisbon what we submitted
was only the initiative. The Action Plan is what we have just
1118. It is coming in now.
A. The Action Plan is what the Commission is
taking to Feira. They are slightly different things.
1119. The Lisbon outcome, there was quite a
feeling of optimism that the document had been well received.