More power for MEPs, says Fischler

31 August 1999

More power for MEPs, says Fischler

EUROPEAN farm commissioner Franz Fischler has said that the European Parliaments decision-making powers in agricultural policy should be increased.

Mr Fischler made the statement when he appeared before a “confirmation” hearing to approve his re-appointment as Europes Commissioner for agriculture.

Mr Fischler emerged unscathed from the scandal which provoked the mass resignation of the former commission earlier this year.

He said he would speak in favour of giving parliament more “co-decision” authority at the next inter-governmental conference to change the European Treaty.

Mr Fischler also said he would be prepared to resign if a resolution was passed by the Parliament requiring him to do so.

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