Can the Commission provide a list of the third countries with which the Community has associationagreements in force which include provision for nationals of those countries being treated on an equalbasis with Community citizens from the viewpoint of conditions of work, including non-discrimination ongrounds of nationality?
Answer given by Mrs Diamantopoulou on behalf of the Commission
(30 October 2000)
Europe agreements between the Communities and their Member States and the countries of association(
)provide that workers from these countries shall be free from any discrimination based on nationality asregards working conditions once they are legally employed in a Member State.This means that workers from candidate countries who are legally employed in a Member State are to betreated in the same way as nationals of that Member State as regards working conditions, remunerationand dismissal.
) List of candidate countries with association agreements: Poland, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Bulgaria,Czech Republic, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia. Co-operation between Turkey and the European Communities is basedon an association agreement, an additional protocol and Decision No 1/80 of the Council of Association on thedevelopment of the Association.
WRITTEN QUESTION P-3176/00by Arlindo Cunha (PPE-DE) to the Commission
(4 October 2000)Subject:
Agenda 2000Following the adoption of the appropriations to allocated to the Structural Funds a year and half ago, atthe Berlin European Council, and the determination of the sums to be allocated to rural developmentpolicy approximately one year ago, it is now necessary to implement, in practice and without delay, thedevelopment measures deriving from these key policy choices of the Union.The author of this question has been informed of cases of unacceptable delay in some cases, because theCommission received Member States’ proposals late, in other cases because of delays attributable to its ownservices.Can the Commission provide information on its decisions adopting the operational programmes foragriculture and rural development in each of the Member States?
Answer given by Mr Fischler on behalf of the Commission
(31 October 2000)
Of the 69 rural development plans in all which Member States submitted in accordance with Article 40(3)and (4) of Council Regulation (EC) No 1257/1999 of 17 May 1999 on support for rural developmentfrom the European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund (EAGGF)(
), 53 had been approved by theCommission as at 11 October 2000.As regards rural development measures financed by the EAGGF Guidance Section which, in accordancewith Article 40(1) of Regulation (EC) No 1257/1999, form part of the programming for Objective 1 of theStructural Funds (including regions receiving transitional support), the Commission has approved 6 Com-munity support frameworks (out of a total of 7 submitted), 11 single programming documents (out of atotal of 18 submitted), and 15 operational programmes (out of a total of 51 submitted) containing suchmeasures.C151E/86 EN 22.5.2001Official Journal of the European Communities