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98 EN Official Journal of the European Communities C 304/95

(98/C 304/142) WRITTEN QUESTION E-0403/98
by Lis Jensen (I-EDN) to the Commission
(24 February 1998)

Subject: Number of Council recommendations since 1986

If statistics exist on the number of recommendations put forward by the Council, how many have there been
since 1986, and to what extent have they been implemented by the Member States?

Answer given by Mr Santer on behalf of the Commission
(24 March 1998)

Between 1986 and 1997, the Council adopted 37 recommendations addressed to the Member States.

The Commission has no statistics on their implementation by the Member States.

(98/C 304/143) WRITTEN QUESTION E-0409/98
by Carmen Fraga Estévez (PPE) to the Commission
(24 February 1998)

Subject: Coordination for aid for the development of the fisheries sectors of the ACP States

The European Union shows extremely great interest in the development of the ACP States’ fisheries sectors.
Whilst projects in this area are administered by DG VIII, it is DG XIV that is responsible for fisheries policy.
Increasingly, many of the development projects in third countries are implemented under the protocols to the
commercial fisheries agreements.

In view of this, and taking account of the joint answer given by Commissioner Pinheiro on 23 April 1997 to
written questions nos E-0923/87 to E-0934/97 (1), will the Commission say whether there is any real coordination
between the two Directorates-General involved as regards examination of development projects in the fisheries
sector and, if there is, how they organize such coordination so as to avoid inconsistencies which could lead to
Community development funds being wasted?

What exactly are the respective roles of DG VIII and DG XIV in the decisions taken in the EU concerning the
establishment of fisheries programmes for the ACP States?

(1) OJ C 319, 18.10.1997, p. 197.

Answer given by Mr Pinheiro on behalf of the Commission
(11 March 1998)

As the Honourable Member points out, within the Commission it is Directorate-General XIV which is
responsible for the common fisheries policy, including its external aspects, and Directorate-General VIII which
is responsible for development policy, in particular for countries with which the Community has fisheries
agreements.

The Commission has on a number of occasions pointed to the need to improve the coherence of fisheries
agreements and development policy, i.e. to ensure, pursuant to Articles 130u and 130v of the EC Treaty that the
conclusion and implementation of fisheries agreements are not inconsistent with the strategies set out in national
and regional fisheries development cooperation programmes, to which the Community contributes where
necessary. This concern for coherence and complementarity was underlined by the Council meeting on
development held on 5 June 1997 (resolution on coherence), by the Council meeting on fisheries held on
30 October 1997 and by Parliament itself in its resolution on international fisheries agreements of 15 May 1997
(A4-0149/97).
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An inter-departmental working party on fisheries and development was set up in October 1997 to improve
coordination in this field between the Commission departments concerned. It meets regularly and brings together
representatives from Directorates-General XIV and VIII with the aim not only of avoiding inconsistencies but
also bringing about synergy of Community fisheries and development policies by the communication of
information between those Directorates-General and in-depth exchanges of views on relevant issues in the
fisheries sector. Having regard to these mechanisms and the legal bases of the Community’s various policy
instruments, each Directorate-General administers those of which it is in charge.

One example is the practical collaboration between Directorates-General XII, XIV and VIII in organising three
conferences on the fisheries research initiative between the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries and
the Community which will be held in connection with Expo ‘98 both to promote a coordinated approach to
research by European scientists and scientists from the developing countries (including the exploration of new
concepts for the future of the industry) and to create interfaces between scientists and decision makers.

(98/C 304/144) WRITTEN QUESTION E-0413/98

by Jan Andersson (PSE) to the Commission

(24 February 1998)

Subject: EU support for drugs policy organizations

It has come to my notice that EU financial support was given in both 1996 and 1997 to organizations such as
European Cities on Drug Policy (ECDP), whose aims include the legalization of drugs, the opening of coffee
shops and the legalized prescription of heroin. Yet European Cities Against Drugs (ECAD), an association of 180
European towns and cities opposing liberal drugs policies, received no support whatsoever.

Will the Commission state which organizations active in the drugs policy field have received support, why their
applications were approved and why no support has been given to ECAD? Will it also explain the drugs policy
strategy on which the allocation of funding and the granting of support to organizations which make it difficult
for Member States to abide by the relevant UN conventions are based?

Answer given by Mr Flynn on behalf of the Commission

(3 April 1998)

The Community action plan to combat drugs (1995-1999) (1) constitutes the reference framework for activities
conducted in this field by the Community and its Member States and has no bias in favour of all legalisation
approach towards illegal drugs.

The Commission emphasises that the objectives of the Community action programme for the prevention of drug
dependence incorporate the prevention of associated risks. The activities proposed in this field by the ‘European
Cities on Drug Policy’ network were examined in accordance with the arrangements, criteria and procedures for
selecting and financing projects, and were supported after consultation of the committee established by the
Decision No 102/97/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 December 1996 adopting a
programme of Community action on the prevention of drug dependence within the framework for action in the
field of publlic health (1996-2000) (2) setting up the programme, in view of their tie-in with certain priority
measures under the programme.

The Commission invites all organisations active in the field of drug demand reduction to submit projects of
Community interest, which are examined on the basis of their contribution to the objectives and priorities of the
programme.