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C 82/136 EN Official Journal of the European Communities 17. 3.

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The Commission is intending to discuss the necessary adjustments of the Habitats Directive and its fulfilment
conditions by the candidate countries as soon as the enlargement negotiations start.

The Commission is not aware of discussions between Cyprus and the British government about the possibility of
an alternative training base for the British forces.

(98/C 82/219) WRITTEN QUESTION E-2748/97


by Glenys Kinnock (PSE) to the Commission
(1 September 1997)

Subject: Rights of employees with disabilities in the EU

Does the Commission hold the view that there are wide discrepancies between the national legislation of Member
States relating to the rights of employees with disabilities?

How has the Commission sought to learn from and transfer best practice in Member States in this field?

Is the Commission aware of the initiatives and the achievements of Remploy Ltd in the United Kingdom and
would it be appropriate to learn from and transfer their experience?

Answer given by Mr Flynn on behalf of the Commission


(2 October 1997)

There are indeed discrepancies between the Member States' legislation relating to the rights of employees with
disabilities.

The Commission has launched initiatives in this field, with the aim of identifying good practice and organising
exchanges between the Member States, specifically through the Helios II programme and the Community
employment initiative, Horizon. Information about the results of these activities has been sent directly to the
Honourable Member and to the Secretariat-General of the Parliament.

The organisation to which the Honourable Member refers did in fact receive Community support under Helios II
and Horizon, and the Community was thus able to benefit from its know-how and experience.

In addition, the Commission's 1997 report on employment in Europe will contain a chapter devoted specifically
to the employment situation of persons with a disability. Finally, a communication aimed at promoting a
coherent employment policy for the disabled is currently being prepared.

(98/C 82/220) WRITTEN QUESTION E-2749/97


by Ludivina Garcı́a Arias (PSE) to the Commission
(1 September 1997)

Subject: Access by Spanish technical engineers to the A category within the European civil service

Can the Commission explain why Spanish candidates with a technical engineer qualification have not been
admitted to competitions for the selection of category A officials? Is it true that candidates with similar
qualifications from other Member States have been admitted?

Answer given by Mr Liikanen on behalf of the Commission


(24 September 1997)

The Commission manages its recruitment policy in accordance with the provisions of the Staff Regulations (in
particular Article 27) which specify that the recruitment system must secure ‘for the institution the services of
officials of the highest standard of ability, efficiency and integrity ...’. In doing so it avoids any discrimination
and takes into account the different educational systems in the Member States.