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98 EN Official Journal of the European Communities C 304/19

If there are any such exclusive rights as mentioned by the Honourable Member they should be evaluated in the
context of the implementation of the forthcoming directive on common rules for the internal market in gas, on the
basis of the common political position reached by the Council on 8 December 1997.

(98/C 304/27) WRITTEN QUESTION E-0028/98
by Nikitas Kaklamanis (UPE) to the Commission
(29 January 1998)

Subject: Strange arrangements for staffing the European Environment Agency (EEA)

Exercising my right as a full member of Parliament’s Committee on Budgets to raise the question of funding for
and the use of Community resources by the EEA, I return once more to the question of the staffing of the Agency
and would ask for a clear answer in the hope that I shall not be compelled to bring the matter before plenary and
ask the Commissioner herself to make a statement.

1. How many candidates of Greek nationality were invited to interview in competitions EEA/A/97/1,
EEA/A/97/2 and EEA/A/97/3 for the recruitment of staff and who were they?
2. How many candidates of Greek nationality passed the interview and were ultimately recruited by the EEA
and who were they?
3. What is the exact number of Greek officials recruited by the EEA since its inception − a criterion to establish
whether all scientists in the EEA Member States are afforded equal opportunities?

I would also point out that the Commission’s answers hitherto have not been particularly enlightening, in contrast
to the marked clarity of its documents applying to Parliament’s Committee on Budgets for EU funds on behalf of
the EEA.

Answer given by Mrs Bjerregaard on behalf of the Commission
(2 March 1998)

The Honourable Member will be aware that Regulation (EEC) No 1210/90 (1), which governs the European
environment agency (EEA), gives the Agency independent status. The Commission is represented on the
management board of the Agency, but is not involved in the administration, functioning or operations of the
Agency. The Commission, therefore, has no competence in the area of staff recruitment to the Agency but has
instead asked the Agency to provide the information requested.

The European environment agency has passed on the following information on the number of candidates of
Greek nationality who have applied to enter competitions for recruitment to the agency.
Competition EEA/A/97/1 − 11 candidates
Competition EEA/A/97/2 − 12 candidates
Competition EEA/A/97/3 − 7 candidates.

The Agency takes the view that the names of these candidates should rest confidential and should not be
published in answer to this question.

No candidates of Greek nationality were subsequently recruited by the Agency. Since the inception of the EEA,
one official of Greek nationality has been recruited by the Agency.

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