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C 386/112 Official Journal of the European Communities EN 11.12.


FTF, the trade union which represents men and women employed as cabin attendants by Maersk Air, has brought
the matter before the court of justice in Denmark. A hearing is scheduled for 12 June 1998.

1. What is the Commission’s reaction to a make-up requirement as part of the working conditions for women?

2. Does it not think that it conflicts with the EU directive on equal treatment?

Answer given by Mr Flynn on behalf of the Commission

(11 June 1998)

The Commission firstly notes that the union representing Maersk Air crew members has referred the obligation to
wear make-up imposed on the airline’s female employees to the relevant courts.

As a rule, the Commission does not comment on disputes brought before national courts. The Commission
therefore considers that it is not for it to answer the first part of the Honourable Member’s question. On the second
part, the Commission considers that it is for the court hearing the case to determine whether the obligation to wear
make-up falls within the scope of Council Directive 76/207/EEC of 9 February 1976 on the implementation of the
principle of equal treatment for men and women as regards access to employment, vocational training and
promotion, and working conditions (1) and, if soe, whether this obligation creates direct or indirect discrimination
against female employees. In case of doubt, this court may stay the proceedings and submit one or more requests
for a preliminary ruling to the European Court of Justice.

(1 ) OJ L 39, 14.2.1976.

(98/C 386/152) WRITTEN QUESTION E-1323/98

by Jean-Antoine Giansily (UPE) to the Commission
(29 April 1998)

Subject: European Union policy on tourism

In a few years tourism will be the most dynamic sector of the EU economy. Tourism not only helps to promote
international understanding, it also creates many jobs for small and medium-sized businesses and is a sustainable
long-term activity.

Does the Commission not therefore consider that it is vital and urgent to introduce a real Community policy on
tourism and what measures does it think are appropriate, given that, as yet, there does not really seem to be a legal
basis for tourism?

As part of an effective European policy on tourism, is it not essential to set up a European Tourism Office in one
of the countries which is a major tourist destination?

Answer given by Mr Papoutsis on behalf of the Commission

(12 June 1998)

The Commission is aware of the economic, social and cultural importance of tourism, especially because of its
contribution to employment in Europe.

The Commission shares the Honourable Member’s opinion concerning the urgent need for a formal Community
policy on tourism, on condition that it is based on the principle of subsidiarity and does not intrude upon the
responsibilities of the Member States. With a view to establishing a legal basis which ensures the continuity and
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effectiveness of Community measures in this area, the Commission will continue its efforts to obtain a Council
Decision on a Multiannual Programme to assist European tourism, such as the one put forward in the 1996
proposal for a Council Decision on a First Multiannual Programme to assist European tourism − Philoxenia
(1997-2000) (1) and the subsequent amended proposal (2).

Given its existing responsibilities, however, the Commission does not consider the creation of a European
Tourism Office appropriate.

(1 ) OJ C 222, 31.7.1996.
( 2) OJ C 13, 14.1.1997.

(98/C 386/153) WRITTEN QUESTION E-1324/98

by Jean-Antoine Giansily (UPE) to the Commission

(29 April 1998)

Subject: Establishment of a European climate agency

Following the position adopted by the European Parliament on the Commission’s strategy paper on reducing
methane emissions, what is the Commission’s response to the suggestion from the Environment Committee that a
European climate agency should be set up and when is such an agency likely to see the light of day?

Answer given by Mrs Bjerregaard on behalf of the Commission

(19 June 1998)

The question of creating a European climate agency was raised in the Parliament’s resolution on the
Commission’s communication ‘A strategy for reducing methane’ (1).

In reply to this specific question during the debate on the above communication, the Commission said that the
idea of creating a European climate agency was an interesting idea and deserved consideration. However, before
the Commission could take a position, such a step would require further careful examination since it raises a large
number of practical and institutional questions concerning the role of such an agency. The Commission is not at
the moment pursuing this issue as it is concentrating its efforts on following up the Kyoto conference which is a
top priority.

(1 ) COM(96) 557 final.

(98/C 386/154) WRITTEN QUESTION E-1328/98

by Graham Mather (PPE) to the Commission

(29 April 1998)

Subject: Compulsory competitive tendering: case of Oldham Metropolitan District Council (UK)

Is the Commission aware of a recent case in the UK involving a building maintenance contract awarded by
Oldham Metropolitan District Council to its own Direct Services Organization without the due competitive
tendering process taking place? This case was subject to the issuance of a notice under Section 14 of the 1988
Local Government Act on Compulsory Competitive Tendering in August 1995, which was subsequently
overruled (early in 1998) by the incoming UK administration.