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C 82/70 EN Official Journal of the European Communities 17. 3.


(98/C 82/119) WRITTEN QUESTION E-2402/97

by José Barros Moura (PSE) to the Commission
(10 July 1997)

Subject: The Pintasilgo report

The 1996 report of the Committee of Wise Men ‘For a Europe of Civic and Social Rights’ is an important
contribution towards the formulation of a European social policy adapted to our times which forms an integral
part of an economic policy based on competitiveness and employment and endows the citizens of Europe with
fundamental social rights.

Prominent among the raft of proposals contained in this report is the idea of a process of jointly drawing up a
modern list of civic and social rights and obligations- an idea that maintains its validity and reforming potential
beyond the contingencies of the IGC that has just been concluded in Amsterdam.

Drawing on budgetary appropriations provided with Parliament’s support, the Commission has sponsored a
series of debates throughout the Member States to publicize the report of the Committee of Wise Men.

Will the Commission provide:

1. detailed and comprehensive information on the debates that have been staged, the venues, the organizing
bodies, the type of association involved, the number of participants and their socio-professional backgrounds, the
typical profile of participants, the conclusions reached, if any, the number of copies of the report distributed and
coverage in the local media;

2. information on the follow-up given to the report, both as regards new dissemination initiatives and any
substantial impact its proposals may have had on EU social policy measures?

Answer given by Mr Flynn on behalf of the Commission

(2 October 1997)

The Commission would inform the Honourable Member that it intends bringing out a publication concerning the
various conferences organised in the Community in the first six months of 1997 to debate the report of the
Comité des Sages.

This publication will contain the conclusions and main results of the debates.

The Commission will disseminate the publication widely.

(98/C 82/120) WRITTEN QUESTION E-2404/97

by Ursula Schleicher (PPE) to the Commission
(10 July 1997)

Subject: Reducing CO2 emissions

In its answer to question E-1218/97 (1), the Commission says that Council Directive 93/76/EEC (2) of
13 September 1993 to limit carbon dioxide emissions by improving energy efficiency contains the following
provision: ‘Member States shall draw up and implement programmes so that new buildings receive effective
thermal insulation, taking a long-term view, on the basis of standards laid down by the Member States, taking
account of climatic conditions or climatic areas and the intended use of the buildings’.

Although the abovementioned answer says that the Commission will shortly be reporting on application of the
directive, I should be grateful if the following question could be answered in advance:

How many Member States have submitted such programmes?

(1) OJ C 45, 10.2.1998.

(2) OJ L 237, 22.9.1993, p. 28.