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98 EN Official Journal of the European Communities C 310/25

Other Member States have transposed Directive 91/439/EEC and have the same approach as the United
Kingdom, namely no compatibility for insulin treated diabetics and only very few ‘exceptional’ cases under strict
medical control. However, the other Member States have not been issuing categories C1 and D1 automatically to
every category B licence holder and their situation is not strictly comparable with that in the United Kingdom.

The provisions of Annex III concerning drivers suffering from diabetes mellitus, and for group 2 in particular,
were specifically discussed at a meeting of the committee of governmental driving licence experts on 15 April
1996 at which national experts on diabetes mellitus were also present. At that meeting, the experts were of the
opinion that there were no grounds for changing the relevant provisions in the Directive.

(98/C 310/27) WRITTEN QUESTION E-0121/98

by Gerardo Fernández-Albor (PPE) to the Commission
(30 January 1998)

Subject: Commemoration by the Commission of the European Union of the Fiftieth Anniversary of the
Universal Declaration of Human Rights

The various signatory states plan to establish national committees to organize commemorative events to
celebrate the forthcoming fiftieth anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

In view the Union’s constant efforts to defend human rights in a world where human rights are continuously
violated and infringed, it is particularly important that the Commission, as an institution representing the
European Union as a whole, should celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the Declaration in a distinctive and
unique manner.

Can the Commission say how it intends to commemorate the fiftieth Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of
Human Rights and in what way it shall be different to the various national committees?

Answer given by Mr Van den Broek on behalf of the Commission

(18 February 1998)

Last year the Commission approved two schemes to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights. They are a master’s degree in human rights and democratisation and an EU human
rights agenda for the new millennium.

The European master’s degree course got under way in October. The intake for the 1997/98 academic year
comprised 53 students from eleven Member States and six students from Central and Eastern Europe. Teaching
is being provided by 44 professors and lecturers and 13 assistant lecturers at ten universities (Padua,
Deusto-Bilbao, Strasbourg III, Bochum, Essex, Maastricht, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Abo-Turku,
Coimbra and Dublin). The first degrees will be awarded in Venice at a ceremony timed to coincide with other
fiftieth anniversary celebrations.

A research and study programme run by the European Institute in Florence will produce a human rights agenda
for the new millennium. The recommendations will be submitted to the Member States’ governments in
November. The text will be the fruit of discussions guided by a committee of human rights figures. Rapporteurs
from the fifteen Member States and a member of Parliament will be invited to make proposals in three subject
areas: human rights in the Community, human rights outside the Community and the institutional aspects of
protecting human rights. These proposals will be presented to academic circles, the non-governmental sector and
regional and international organisations at two conferences in May and June. The committee will then approve
the human rights agenda for official unveiling at December’s closing conference in Vienna.
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In a declaration marking the start of the year of the fiftieth anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human
Rights adopted in Luxembourg on 12 and 13 December, the European Council welcomed the implementation of
academic programmes by the European Commission for the fiftieth anniversary and said that the Member States
would be launching national initiatives to commemorate that anniversary.

The Commission will consider the possibility of other commemorative schemes, in line with the wishes
expressed by Parliament in its commentary on the 1998 budget.

(98/C 310/28) WRITTEN QUESTION E-0122/98

by Gerardo Fernández-Albor (PPE) to the Commission
(30 January 1998)

Subject: European articles of association

The recent call by the Commission for proposals to promote the development of international youth
organizations has once again highlighted the need for a set of European articles of association to govern
associations extending beyond the territory of a Member State.

The growing interdependence of organizations which maintain multiple cooperative links beyond the purely
commercial sector in different Member States, calls for a legal framework in the European Union in order that
such organizations may develop their activities safe in the knowledge that precise regulations exist.

Can the Commission say whether it considers it necessary for such European articles of association to be adopted
at a European level in order to facilitate cooperation between individuals, organizations and bodies from
different Member States and to provide the necessary regulatory framework for their activities?

Answer given by Mr Papoutsis on behalf of the Commission

(6 March 1998)

The Commission would inform the Honourable Member that in order to facilitate cooperation between
organisations that wish to operate at European level through a non-profit body, it has already submitted to the
Council a draft regulation on the statute for a European association (1).

The draft, which was proposed in 1992, was amended in 1993 (2) following the opinions of the Parliament and the
Economic and social committee, but has not so far been adopted by the Council.

(1) OJ C 99, 21.4.1992.

(2) OJ C 236, 31.8.1993.

(98/C 310/29) WRITTEN QUESTION E-0145/98

by Kenneth Coates (GUE/NGL) to the Commission
(2 February 1998)

Subject: Anti-poverty programmes

In 1996, the United Kingdom brought before the European Court of Justice a legal action concerning funding for
the Commission’s anti-poverty and other social programmes to help excluded groups.

What effect is this having on the Commission’s work in the social sphere and on the non-governmental
organizations which engage in it? How are programmes for the elderly and the disabled affected?