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19. 11.

98 EN Official Journal of the European Communities C 354/83

Answer given by Mr Fischler on behalf of the Commission

(18 May 1998)

According to Article 6(5) of Commission Regulation (EEC) no 3887/92 of 23 December 1992 (1) laying down the
implementing rules on the administration and control of Community aid schemes, advance warning of
on-the-spot checks should be limited to the strict minimum necessary although as a general rule this should not
exceed 48 hours.

In principle, once announced, on-the-spot checks should be conducted to conclusion. In this context it is pointed
out that, in making an application for Community livestock aids, applicants declare themselves as having taken
note of scheme requirements, one of which is the obligation on Member States to carry out on-the-spot checks.
Article 13 of Commission Regulation (EEC) No 3887/92 provides that, except in cases of force majeure, an aid
application is rejected if an on-the-spot check cannot be conducted due to reasons attributable to the applicant.

(1) OJ L 391, 31.12.1992.

(98/C 354/133) WRITTEN QUESTION E-1250/98

by Iñigo Méndez de Vigo (PPE) to the Commission
(29 April 1998)

Subject: PHARE-TACIS Democracy Programme

Non-governmental organizations play a major role in helping to secure the objectives of the PHARE and TACIS
programmes by means of the PHARE-TACIS Democracy Programme (PTDP). The impressive results obtained
demonstrate the success of the NGOs’ involvement in a process of such major importance to the EU as its own

Does the Commission agree with the conclusions of the assessment report produced by the University of Sussex?
Is the Commission going to follow the latter’s recommendation and increase the funding for the PTDP?

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

(15 May 1998)

The Commission agrees that the PHARE and TACIS democracy programme has achieved good results through
the participation of many non-governmental organisations.

The report on the evaluation of the programme by ISA Consult and the Sussex European institute has made a
valuable contribution to the Commission’s reflections on how best to support the development of democracy and
the promotion of human rights in Central and Eastern Europe and the New independent states (NIS).

The Commission is obliged to consider the resources available to specific budget lines in the light of the overall
priorities for the use of Community resources.

(98/C 354/134) WRITTEN QUESTION E-1251/98

by Odile Leperre-Verrier (ARE) to the Commission
(29 April 1998)

Subject: Food aid in the EU

Now that winter is coming to an end, can the Commission provide details of the food aid granted directly or
indirectly to approved non-governmental organizations?

What steps will it take to reduce poverty and malnutrition, which are on the increase in the Member States of the
European Union?
C 354/84 EN Official Journal of the European Communities 19. 11. 98

Answer given by Mr Fischler on behalf of the Commission

(3 June 1998)

The Commission is collecting the information it needs to answer the question. It will communicate its findings as
soon as possible.

(98/C 354/135) WRITTEN QUESTION E-1252/98

by Odile Leperre-Verrier (ARE) to the Commission
(29 April 1998)

Subject: Health of young people

As many studies now indicate that young people in Europe are not looking after themselves properly, what action
will the Commission be taking to develop health services for young people (health services at school and
university, preventive medicine, etc.)?

Are there not grounds for launching a specific public health programme?

Does the Commission envisage specific measures in this area?

Answer given by Mr Flynn on behalf of the Commission

(5 June 1998)

The Commission is well aware that investing in the health of young people is a cornerstone of European public
health policies.

This perception is reflected in the European public health action programmes, be it in the fields of cancer, aids,
drugs, or health promotion, where youth is among the main target groups. Many projects are supported by these
programmes, for example the European network of health promoting schools, a joint initiative of the
Commission, the Council of Europe and the World health organisation (WHO) Europe. This network now
comprises 38 countries in Europe, and involves over one million pupils. The health promoting school aims to
achieve healthy lifestyles for the whole school population by developing supportive environments conductive to
the promotion of health. It offers opportunities for the provision of a safe and health-enhancing social and
physical environment.

Through active collaboration between pupils, staff, parents and community the health promoting school offers a
number of benefits, including the promotion of pupils’ self esteem enabling them to fulfil their physical,
psychological and social potential.

Some countries have successfully disseminated the concept throughout the school system. Others still have to
face the challenges of implementation with the blessing of decision-makers in educational and political

The Commission is also working on a report on the state of health of young people in the Community, which will
be published in due course.

(98/C 354/136) WRITTEN QUESTION E-1254/98

by Odile Leperre-Verrier (ARE) to the Commission
(29 April 1998)

Subject: Twinning arrangements with towns in the CEECs

What progress has been made with the twinning arrangements between the European Union and certain
municipalities in the countries of central and eastern Europe?

Can the Commission give details of the activities that have taken place under the twinning programmes and the
countries most involved?