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C 310/26 EN Official Journal of the European Communities 9. 10.


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?
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Answer given by Mr Flynn on behalf of the Commission

(6 April 1998)

The action (C-239/96R) which the United Kingdom filed against the Commission challenges the legality of
certain spending on budget line B3-4103.

On 24 September 1996, the President of the Court of Justice granted interim relief to the United Kingdom, which
allowed for commitments to be made but required payments to be frozen until the judgment. Following that
interim order of the President of the Court, applications for funding were evaluated and the selection of projects
deserving support was concluded. Successful applicants were informed of the conditions fixed by the Court of
Justice and invited to sign an agreement on those conditions. No payments have yet been made pursuant to any of
these agreements, since the Court has not yet delivered its final judgment. Having regard to this uncertain
situation, most applicants have delayed implementation of the projects concerned.

As a result of the pending Court of justice case, no new commitment credits were allocated to the concerned
budget line during 1997. The budget line concerning the elderly, although affected by a similar Court case, did
receive fresh commitment credits in 1997 which have also been allocated conditionally until the final judgement
is known. No other budget lines are affected.

(98/C 310/30) WRITTEN QUESTION E-0146/98

by Brian Simpson (PSE) to the Commission
(2 February 1998)

Subject: Dresser-Rand

Is the Commission aware that the Dresser-Rand Company based in Wythenshawe, United Kingdom, is to transfer
its production to Le Havre in France with the loss of 300 jobs from an ERDF Objective 2 area?

Can the Commission investigate whether this move resulted from illegal subsidies or sweeteners paid to the
company by the French authorities?

Supplementary answer
given by Mr Van Miert on behalf of the Commission
(16 April 1998)

After being contacted by the Commission, the French authorities assured it that they were so far unaware of any
plans to grant aid for the transfer by Dresser-Rand of its reciprocating compressor production activities from
Wythenshawe to Le Havre, where production is already carried out.

Moreover, if any aid were envisaged, the French authorities have undertaken to inform the Commission of the

The Commission would then be sure to ascertain whether the Community rules on state aid were being complied
with and to inform the Honourable Member of its conclusions.

(98/C 310/31) WRITTEN QUESTION E-0148/98

by Graham Mather (PPE) to the Commission
(2 February 1998)

Subject: Telecoms liberalization (accounting rates charged by dominant operators)

On 19 December 1997, the Commission announced an investigation into the cost orientation of accounting rates
charged by dominant operators, based on Article 86 of the Treaty and Directive 97/33/EC (1).