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amongst the poorest, the total population being 800 000 persons. The territorial axis includes parts of Tarija. The break-down of the 128 projects approved so far under the food security programme is irrigation 23 %; rural roads 35 %; training 18 %; support to agricultural production 14 % and others 10 %. The Prodizavat is a separate agricultural development project aiming at increasing the revenue of farmers in the Tarija region. The project is managed by a project management unit, composed of two directors, a European and a Bolivian. Over the last four years, there have been two European and four Bolivian directors. The Community contribution does not cover the cost of the Bolivian co-directors. The Community budget for European technical assistance is ECU 1,68 million and covers 4 European experts for 4 years (the European director, an agronomist, an engineer and an administrator). The Community budget has also financed the wages of a Bolivian legal counsellor and a Bolivian sociologist (ECU 0,065 million). On the other hand, the Bolivian authorities have financed a local staff of about 60 people (including the Bolivian directors). The project has bought vehicles in Europe, given that the Community tendering rules specify that goods bought for any project under Community financing should be of national or European origin. Since Bolivia does not produce vehicles, they had to be imported in the country. The cost of vehicles is ECU 0,28 million.

(1999/C 142/025)

WRITTEN QUESTION E-2531/98 by Graham Mather (PPE) to the Commission (1 September 1998)

Subject: EU funding for projects designed to benefit orphans in third countries 1. How much funding is available annually from the EU to projects designed to benefit orphans and orphanages in third countries? 2. 3. 4. Through which funding mechanisms is this money channelled? Which third countries are involved and how much does each receive? Which UK-based charities and organisations are involved?

Answer given by Mr Pinheiro on behalf of the Commission (13 November 1998) Projects financed by the Commission in developing countries may occasionally cover the specific needs of orphans, but more often they target children or young people as a whole. Such projects may be financed either from the European Development Fund (EDF) and its counterpart funds, or under specific budget headings, for example chapter B7-70 (the European initiative for democracy and the protection of human rights) and heading B7-6000 (co-financing with non-governmental organisations). Several projects targeting children were supported in 1997 under budget heading B7-7020 (human rights and democracy in the developing countries), amounting to a total of ECU 368 060. These were: rescue and rehabilitation of girls sold into prostitution in Nepal (ECU 86 800); support for girl labourers, single mothers and children in Togo (ECU 150 000), and a programme to prevent child sexual abuse and help abused children in Sri Lanka (ECU 131 260). The latter project was run by the British NGO International Catholic Child Bureau.

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Details of all projects financed under budget heading B7-6000 are given in the Commission’s annual report on cooperation with NGOs.

(1999/C 142/026)

WRITTEN QUESTION E-2533/98 by Graham Mather (PPE) to the Commission (1 September 1998)

Subject: Commission information campaign spending In document COM(98) 39, the Commission states that ECU 21 million is available for the information strategy on the Euro during 1998. 1. What is the breakdown of this figure by the amount spent in each Member State and, in particular, what proportion of it will be spent in the UK? 2. What is the breakdown of this figure by the amount spent in different media?

3. Regarding television advertising, what is the estimated number of viewers that the commercials funded by the Commission will reach, and what is the nature of these commercials? 4. What was the total amount spent by the Commission promoting the EU and its policies in each of the last three years, and what is the breakdown for this amount by Member States and by media?

Answer given by Mr Oreja on behalf of the Commission (4 December 1998) 1. The provisional figures for the 1998 budget total ECU 17,3 million, broken down between Luxembourg, ECU 0,1 million, Ireland, ECU 0,7 million, Austria, Finland, Netherlands, Portugal, ECU 1,0 million, Spain ECU 2,0 million, France, Italy, ECU 3,0 million and Germany, ECU 4,5 million. To this figure can be added the 1997/98 complement of ECU 2,9 million (Belgium, ECU 0,4 million, Netherlands ECU 1,5 million, Spain ECU 1,0 million), making the grand total of ECU 20,2 million to which the Honourable Member refers. These figures represent sums allocated to co-financed joint communication programmes based on conventions signed by the Parliament, the Commission, and the Member States concerned. All Member States were invited to avail themselves of this opportunity. The United Kingdom chose not to, and therefore no proportion of the overall figure will be spent in the United Kingdom. 2. The ECU 20,2 million is combined with national exchequer contributions together amounting to ECU 46,0 million for the joint programmes operated in the eleven Member States. The breakdown of this expenditure is as follows: television and radio, ECU 19,8 million, other actions (brochures, internet sites, exhibitions, etc.), ECU 12,1 million, written press, ECU 7,1 million, information programmes through non governmental organisations, ECU 6,5 million, contribution to national call centres, ECU 5,0 million. 3. No exact figures can yet be given. A full record of estimated viewing figures will be compiled as part of the final activity report to be presented by each participating Member State upon completion of the annual programmes (as foreseen by the conventions). The nature of television activities funded varies considerably, from short ‘spots’ to participation in existing information programmes, to magazine shows, quizzes, infortainment, and so on. 4. Given the decentralised nature of its information activities, the Commission is unable to provide overall statistics of this sort.

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