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the possibility of cultivating the plant as an alternative agricultural crop in Mediterranean regions. As far as
euphorbia is concerned, one promising species, euphorbia lagascae, which has interesting industrial fatty acids,
was investigated in two separate research projects funded in the second and third research and technological
development framework programmes under the specific programmes Eclair and AIR.

The results of the above projects have demonstrated the possibility to grow these crops here in Europe, and oil
from the euphorbia projects was tested by a German chemical company for potential new products. Possible
research for the future in these two crops could concentrate on improving varieties for higher yields, and
different fatty acid profiles.

(98/C 76/242) WRITTEN QUESTION E-2566/97


by Alexandros Alavanos (GUE/NGL) to the Commission
(24 July 1997)

Subject: ‘Second chance’ schools

According to EUROPE magazine, 6988 of 5 June 1997, six ‘second chance’ schools have been set up in various
regions of the European Union, one of them in Attica in Greece.

Will the Commission say:


1. under which programme is this action being funded and what level of funding is involved?
2. what stage has the above project reached in Attica and for whom is it intended?

Answer given by Mrs Cresson on behalf of the Commission


(8 September 1997)

1. The Commission will provide technical assistance to the project leaders in the three municipalities (Athens,
Peristeri, Nikea) through the selection of a consultant who will identify financial resources at local, national and
Community level. As far as the Community level is concerned, objective 1 of the European regional development
fund (ERDF) as well as objective 3 and 4 of the European social fund (ESF) will be targeted, depending on the
type of costs involved. The regular programming cycles and procedures for the structural funds will then be
followed. There is not a specific budget line for these pilot projects.

2. These pilot projects aim to provide a new opportunity for professional and social insertion through
education and training for young people who are unemployed and lack basic skills and paper qualifications.
These are young people who have failed at school but are now beyond the compulsory school attendance age.
The Commission has so far worked on a ‘one project per Member State’ basis and has identified, in close
consultation with the different Member States, projects in France (Marseille), Spain (Bilbao), Finland
(Hämeenlinna), Germany (Halle), Portugal (Seixal), Greece (Attiki), the Netherlands (Heerlen) and Denmark
(Ribe). The Commission is also in the process of setting up a European exchange of information network
between the pilot projects on the one hand and between the pilot projects and other ‘good practice’ initiatives of
Member States on the other hand.

(98/C 76/243) WRITTEN QUESTION E-2571/97


by Pervenche Berès (PSE) to the Commission
(24 July 1997)

Subject: Freedom of movement and access to public service

In the light of the European Court of Justice case law (Scholz ruling in Case C-419/92) and of the application of
the principle of freedom of movement for workers to public service, how does the Commission consider that the
Member States should take account of the previous activities of Community nationals who have worked in the
public service of another Member State?