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11. 3.

98 EN Official Journal of the European Communities C 76/3

Joint answer
to Written Questions Nos 0505/97 and 0585/97
(25 September 1997)

The Council meeting of Ministers for Tourism scheduled under the Irish Presidency was postponed as there was
no prospect at that time of obtaining the necessary unanimous approval of the Council for the adoption of the
Philoxenia Programme. No meeting of that nature was held under the Netherlands Presidency.

The Council has therefore not yet formally considered the Philoxenia Program.

The draft Treaty of Amsterdam does not contain a separate chapter on tourism.

Finally, it is up to the Commission to undertake appropriate measures in line with the existing budgetary rules
and provisions.

(98/C 76/05) WRITTEN QUESTION E-0604/97


by Alex Smith (PSE) to the Council
(27 February 1997)

Subject: Smuggling of nuclear materials

Further to the reply to Written Question E-1957/96 (1) by Mrs Breyer, on 7 November 1996, has the Council
anything substantive to add on the matter of nuclear materials smuggling through Germany?

(1) OJ C 385, 19.12.1996, p. 67.

Answer
(25 September 1997)

At this stage the Council has nothing substantive to add to its previous replies on the matter, published in the
Official Journals C 112, 17.4.1996, and C 385, 19.12.1996. However, the problem is being constantly monitored
by the competent authorities and bodies at the European Union Level, notably the Europol Drugs Unit (EDU).

(98/C 76/06) WRITTEN QUESTION E-0640/97


by Roberta Angelilli (NI) to the Commission
(6 March 1997)

Subject: Training courses funded by the European Social Fund in the Region of Lazio

Following the call for tenders issued in 1996, the Region of Lazio published the results, during the second half of
January 1997, of its selection procedure for professional training projects, specifically those submitted for the
regional Operational Programmes covered by Objectives 3 and 4.

The results were as follows:


− 52 projects, to a value of more than LIT 5 billion, were awarded to the ACLI ENAIP − the National
Association for Vocational Education and Training run by the Italian Christian Workers’ Association; the
ENAIP is in severe financial difficulties and would not appear to be in a position to guarantee that the
courses will take place;
− LIT 700 million were awarded to the UIL ENFAP − the National Association for Vocational Training and
Education run by the Italian Labour Union − and more than LIT 1 billion were awarded to the Alto Lazio
Consortium; both of these are the subject of legal proceedings brought by the Civitavecchia magistrature,
which has taken some of the leaders of these organizations to court on charges of defrauding the Region of
Lazio as a result of irregularities in the organization of previous courses.
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Does the Commission not agree that the organizations which have been awarded the contracts for the courses
should be able to guarantee that the projects will actually be carried out? This is not so in the case of the ACLI
Association, which is widely known to be in serious financial difficulties which would appear to prejudice its
chances of implementing the projects.

What is the Commission’s position on the allocation of funding to associations which are the subject of legal
proceedings for defrauding the region?

Finally, what is the Commission’s opinion regarding the need to reform the regional regulations governing
vocational training in order to ensure that such cases do not arise in future?

Supplementary answer
given by Mr Flynn on behalf of the Commission
(4 September 1997)

To supplement its answer given on 22 April 1997 (1), the Commission is now able to provide the following
information. According to the Italian authorities, the projects mentioned by the Honourable Member have been
awarded to the Lazio ENAIP (the National Association for Vocational Education and Training), which is a body
legally and geographically separate from the ACLI ENAIP.

It is up to the Lazio regional authorities to gauge the reliability and soundness (financial and otherwise) of this
body. They have carried out on-the-spot checks and found no irregularities.

With reference to the legal proceedings brought against the Alto Lazio Consortium and the IAL ENFAP, these
are still under way. In the Commission's view, we must await the final judgment. In the light of this judgment, the
Italian authorities will have to decide what action to take.
As regards the need to reform the regional regulations governing vocational training, it is up to the national and
regional authorities of the Member State concerned to take the necessary measures.

(1) OJ C 319, 18.10.1997, p. 144.

(98/C 76/07) WRITTEN QUESTION E-0698/97


by Jean-Yves Le Gallou (NI) to the Commission
(10 March 1997)
Subject: Operating appropriations of the European Institutions

With regard to heading B2-600 would the Commission give figures for the total amount of appropriations
allocated in 1996 to expenditure on:
− studies
− meetings of experts
− conferences and congresses
− information and publications.

Can the Commission also give figures for these four types of expenditure expressed as a proportion of the total
appropriations allocated to the heading in question and state whether it considers this to be a reasonable
proportion.

(98/C 76/08) WRITTEN QUESTION E-0699/97


by Jean-Yves Le Gallou (NI) to the Commission
(10 March 1997)

Subject: Operating appropriations of the European Institutions

With regard to heading B2-602 would the Commission give figures for the total amount of appropriations
allocated in 1996 to expenditure on:
− studies
− meetings of experts