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Official Journal of the European Communities WRITTEN QUESTION P-0309/98 by Doeke Eisma (ELDR) to the Commission (10 February 1998)

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Subject: Taxation of aircraft fuel At the Transport Council of 11 March 1997 the Commission was asked to examine the implications of the possible introduction of measures on the taxation of aircraft fuel. When can the findings of the study be expected?

Answer given by Mr Monti on behalf of the Commission (10 March 1998) In May 1997, the Ecofin Council, in response to the Commission’s report (1) under Article 8(6) of Directive 92/81/EEC of 19 October 1992 on the harmonization of the structures of excise duties on mineral oils (2), adopted a resolution requesting the Commission to provide further information on all aspects of the introduction of taxation of aircraft fuel. To meet this request, the Commission has launched a study to examine the various effects of the introduction of taxation within the Community. The consortium carrying out this study is due to produce its final report during the late summer of 1998.
(1) (2) COM(96) 549 final. OJ L 316, 31.10.1992.

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WRITTEN QUESTION P-0313/98 by Luis Campoy Zueco (PPE) to the Commission (10 February 1998)

Subject: URBAN programme Will the Commission give details of the Spanish projects selected for the URBAN programme in 1997 and say whether any of them concern the region of Navarra?

Answer given by Mrs Wulf-Mathies on behalf of the Commission (4 March 1998) As part of the extension of the URBAN initiative, the Spanish national authorities have presented the draft URBAN II operational programme for 1997-99 to the Commission for approval. It covers Cordoba, ´ Aviles-Corvera, Santander, Albacete, Leon, Castellon, Pontevedra, Telde, Murcia, Zaragoza, Santa Coloma de ´ ´ ´ Grammenet and Palma de Mallorca. None of these projects concerns the region of Navarra.

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WRITTEN QUESTION E-0316/98 by Wilmya Zimmermann (PSE) to the Commission (17 February 1998)

Subject: Common European holiday on 9 May The Commission has made it clear, for example in its ‘citizens’ Europe’ programme, that a greater effort is required to persuade the citizens of the European Union to identify with it. The introduction of the common currency will be an important step in this direction, but a common public holiday could also be a great help. The European flag and hymn would be backed up by a unifying symbol which would be of benefit to the entire citizenry of Europe.

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9 May would be a very appropriate day (the day following the anniversary of the end of the Second World War, and the day on which in 1950 Robert Schuman made his declaration which led to the foundation of the Coal and Steel Community). 1. Has the Commission drawn up any proposals to this effect?

2. What is its view of the proposal that the European public holiday be introduced by common action in the Member States on 9 May 2000?

Answer given by Mr Oreja on behalf of the Commission (14 April 1998) Together with Parliament and through its representations and offices in the Member States, the Commission supports and encourages events organised to mark 9 May. In 1997 the Commission supported 4 500 actions and events; in some cases it made a financial contribution. This year 9 May will again be marked in all the Member States by a variety of means − exhibitions, distribution of material to schools, speeches, competitions, advertisements on public transport, cultural events. The Commission is making a special effort to stimulate and encourage initiatives associating young people and their teachers with the commemoration of 9 May, especially in schools. Some Member States will link Schuman Day activities with the euro by organising public exhibitions, lectures, debates, etc. Despite its belief in the importance of commemorating Schuman Day, the Commission cannot propose 9 May as a public holiday at this would be outside its remit.

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WRITTEN QUESTION E-0317/98 by Nikitas Kaklamanis (UPE) to the Council (17 February 1998)

Subject: Commission proposals for third countries’ nationals In July 1997 Mrs Gradin, Member of the Commission, submitted draft proposals on a draft convention for rules of admission for third countries’ nationals. In Europe there are 18 million persons out of work, and the Commissioner’s proposals represent the minimum that needs to be done to free European citizens from the constant fear of unemployment. However, these proposals have not yet been adopted, even though they have been forwarded to the Council of Ministers for scrutiny and immediate decision-taking. Will the Council give the reasons for this delay and say when it intends to adopt a position on this matter which concerns all European citizens?

Answer (28 May 1998) The Honourable Member refers to the Commission’s proposal for a Council Act establishing the Convention on rules for the admission of third-country nationals to the Member States (1). The Council received this proposal on 29 September 1997. It is currently being examined by the Council’s subordinate bodies. The Commission takes a comprehensive approach to the subject of migration, and proposes wide-ranging solutions entailing substantial changes to the existing national provisions which vary considerably from Member State to Member State and which in some cases were adopted only recently. For these reasons, it is expected that work on the proposal will require lengthy discussions.