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98 EN Official Journal of the European Communities C 82/137

The Commission requires candidates in category A competitions to hold a degree or equivalent diploma, i.e. a
qualification giving access to doctoral studies. Moreover, notices of competitions contain a ‘guide for
candidates’ which, in the section dealing with education, states that the level of studies completed by the
candidate is checked and assessed by the selection board and, where necessary, by specialists in the education
system of the candidate's country.

The Spanish diploma of ‘technical engineer’, the subject of the Honourable Member's question, is a diploma
obtained on completion of a short university course which does not give access to doctoral studies and for that
reason, candidates holding such a diploma are not admitted to Commission category A competitions. This rule
applies to candidates from all the Member States holding equivalent diplomas, who are thus treated in the same
way with regard to participation in Commission category A competitions.

While fully aware that the Community public service and the Member States' civil services are quite separate and
independent, the Commission would draw the Honourable Member's attention to the fact that the diploma in
question does not give access to category A in the Spanish civil service, for which a degree (licenciatura o
equivalente) is required.

(98/C 82/221) WRITTEN QUESTION E-2755/97

by Hilde Hawlicek (PSE) to the Commission
(1 September 1997)

Subject: Follow-up to European Year Against Racism

With reference to the final declaration of the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ/IFJ), the European
Newspaper Publishers Association and the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) that they would work together
to combat racism, what are the Commission's present thoughts on how to follow up European Year Against
Racism in order to strengthen joint campaigns in the media and other areas?

Answer given by Mr Flynn on behalf of the Commission

(27 September 1997)

As with other areas, the Commission intends to continue its work with the media on anti-racism issues well
beyond 1997.

The Commission welcomes the declaration made by the International federation of journalists (IFJ), the
European newspaper publishers association (ENPA) and the European broadcasting union (EBU), all of which
are playing an active part in the year against racism. The IFJ in particular is running several projects supported by
the Commission, notably the international prize for young journalists and the conferences on ‘prime time for
tolerance’ and ‘media and the challenge of intolerance’. The Commission is also supporting a project entitled
‘saga cities’, which is an exchange of television programmes on the subject of ethnic minorities in cities
throughout Europe, and involves members of the European broadcasting union’s multicultural exchange group.

For the European year, the Commission is working with key media such as MTV, TV 5 and Eurosport and
discussions will be held with them concerning future projects.

Several other pan-European media projects are being supported under the European year against racism budget,
but a great deal of the funding for media actions comes from budget lines B3-4110 and B3-4114 which may
continue after the European year.

The experts group for the European year against racism, of which the chairman of the IFJ is a member, will be
consulted on future action. A representative of the Commission is a member of the board of the IMRAX group, a
Europe-wide coalition of journalists, editors, publishers, broadcasters and media experts dedicated to promoting
high standards of journalism concerned with reporting on matters of race, tolerance and multiculturalism.