HC Deb 23 January 2003 vol 398 c426W
Mr. Stephen O'Brien

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the Government's strategy is for economic reform in the European Union; and if he will make a statement. [91198]

Ruth Kelly

The Government's White Paper on European economic reform (Realising Europe's Potential; economic reform in Europe, February 2002) sets out the Government's strategy for economic reform in the European Union and describes the next steps in this process. These includefurther reform of labour markets to meet EU employment targets and establish employment opportunity for all; less and better targeted state aid; continued improvement of the EU competition regime; work to deliver a genuine single market in services, including financial services, as well as in manufacturing; and the full opening up of gas, electricity and telecoms markets.