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C 76/36 EN Official Journal of the European Communities 11. 3.

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Answer
(25 September 1997)

The Council shares the concern expressed by the Honourable Member and has constantly urged the Belarusian
authorities to ensure that humanitarian action in Belarus is not hindered.

Most recently, in April 1997, the EU Heads of Mission in Minsk carried out a demarche with the Minister for
Foreign Affairs Antonovich, underlining doubts about the legal mandate and aims of actions undertaken by the
Belarusion authorities against non-governmental organisations. Furthermore, the Special Representative of the
EU Presidency for Belarus, Mr Kosto, in May 1997 raised with Belarusion officials at the highest level, the
difficulties encountered by non-governmental organizations active in Belarus such as the Soros Foundation and
the Foundation “To the Children of Chernobyl.”

(98/C 76/106) WRITTEN QUESTION E-1493/97


by Karl von Wogau (PPE) to the Council
(30 April 1997)

Subject: Official written usage of the term ‘Euro’

Since the Madrid European Council decided to call the future single currency the ‘Euro’, the term has appeared in
texts in forms which vary both typographically (e.g. EURO, Euro and euro) and grammatically (is it invariable or
does it have a plural form; if so, what is it?).

Would it not be advisable, in particular in view of the Euro’s legal status, for the Commission to clarify the
official written usage of the term ‘Euro’?

Answer
(25 September 1997)

The Madrid European Council in December 1995 decided to call the single currency “euro” and stated “that the
name of the single currency must be the same in all the official languages of the European Union, taking into
account the existence of different alphabets”.

The Council has officially adopted, on the basis of Article 235 of the Treaty, a Regulation on certain provisions
relating to the introduction of the euro.

The Council has also reached political agreement on a Council Regulation on the introduction of the euro (whose
legal basis is Article 109L(4) of the Treaty), which is to be adopted formally later by participating Member
States.

The texts in question, as finalized by the Legal/Linguistic Experts of the Council, observe certain standards and
habits for currency designation in each language; the relevant provisions are contained in the various language
versions of those texts.

(98/C 76/107) WRITTEN QUESTION E-1504/97


by Pervenche Berès (PSE) to the Commission
(30 April 1997)

Subject: Printing of Euro notes

Is it true that invitations to tender will be issued under public procurement procedures for the printing of Euro
notes?
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Does the Commission envisage allowing the notes to be printed in a non-Member State?

If so, how does it think public opinion might react?

Answer given by Mr de Silguy on behalf of the Commission


(10 June 1997)

The production of euro bank notes is the responsibility of the European monetary institute (EMI) and its
successor, the European central bank (ECB), and not the Commission. However, the EMI has provided the
Commission with the following information.

According to EMI legal advice, contracts for the production of euro bank notes will not be subject to tender under
the normal framework for public procurement. Producing bank notes requires special security measures which
means the Council Directive 93/36 on public procurement (1) does not apply.

The EMI is well aware of the importance and sensitivity of public opinion on the place of production of the bank
notes and will take this into account when awarding contracts.

(1) OJ L 199, 9.8.1993.

(98/C 76/108) WRITTEN QUESTION E-1530/97


by Hiltrud Breyer (V) to the Commission
(5 May 1997)

Subject: Information on EC assistance granted to the Rhineland-Palatinate from January to December 1994

In what amounts and for what measures did the Rhineland-Palatinate receive Community resources in 1994
from:
1. the European Social Fund,
2. the Fourth Framework Research Programme,
3. the European Regional Development Fund,
4. the Community environment and energy programmes,
5. the European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund, Guidance and Guarantee Sections,
6. other Community programmes?

(98/C 76/109) WRITTEN QUESTION E-1531/97


by Hiltrud Breyer (V) to the Commission
(5 May 1997)

Subject: Information on EC assistance granted to the Rhineland-Palatinate from January to December 1995

In what amounts and for what measures did the Rhineland-Palatinate receive Community resources in 1995
from:
1. the European Social Fund,
2. the Fourth Framework Research Programme,
3. the European Regional Development Fund,
4. the Community environment and energy programmes,
5. the European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund, Guidance and Guarantee Sections,
6. other Community programmes?