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Us-Germany Telecommunications Treaty

Volume 227: debated on Monday 28 June 1993

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To ask the President of the Board of Trade what steps Her Majesty's Government are taking or proposing to take to make representations to the German Government in respect of the US-Germany telecommunications treaty; if he will challenge the legality of the same in the European Court; and if he will make a statement.

[holding answer 25 June 1993]: Like all other member states, Germany is bound by European Community law. The European Commission has indicated that it is considering the legality of the action of the German Government in refusing to apply either article 29 of the Utilities Directive or the recent Council regulation implementing retaliatory sanctions against the United States in the field of Government procurement.