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C 235 E/136

Official Journal of the European Communities

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21.8.2001

The CSF was approved by the Commission on 19 October 2000 and the Andalusia OP on 29 December 2000. The other programmes will probably be approved during the first quarter of 2001. The Spanish authorities will have then three months to send the programme complement to the Commission.

After all these documents have been adopted, under Council Regulation (EC) No 1260/1999 of 21 June 1999 laying down general provisions on the Structural Funds ( 1 ), the choice of the projects to be part- financed will be the responsibility of the Spanish authorities, subject to the terms and conditions laid down in the documents approved.

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OJ L 161, 26.6.1999.

(2001/C 235 E/146)

WRITTEN QUESTION E-0159/01

by Jorge Hernández Mollar (PPE-DE) to the Commission

(31 January 2001)

Subject: Oncology unit at the Costa del Sol Hospital in Marbella

The fact that fifty per cent of cancer patients who undergo operations at the Costa del Sol Hospital in the Spanish city of Marbella are obliged to travel to Malaga for post-operative treatment clearly points to the need to establish an oncology unit at the Marbella hospital.

Residents’ associations and political parties have issued repeated calls for an oncology department to be established at this important public hospital, whose many patients from Spain and the Community have to make the journey from Marbella to Malaga on a daily basis in order to receive medical care following cancer operations at the Costa del Sol Hospital.

Will the Commission say whether the EU programme to combat cancer includes Community initiatives for establishing oncology units to provide cancer patients undergoing treatment with the additional post- operative medical care they require?

Answer given by Mr Byrne on behalf of the Commission

(23 March 2001)

The Europe Against Cancer Programme does not deal with issues of treatment for reasons arising from the lack of a relevant legal basis in the EC Treaty. Under Article 152 (ex Article 129) of the EC Treaty, Community programmes of this sort are limited to preventive action.

Andalusia’s integrated operational programme, which was approved by the Commission on 29 December 2000, and the local operational programme, to be approved soon, provide funds to improve health facilities and infrastructure.

According to Council Regulation (EC) No 1260/1999 of 21 June 1999 laying down general provisions on the Structural Funds ( 1 ), it is up to the Member State alone to select the projects eligible for cofinancing from the Funds, in accordance with its own health policy criteria.

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OJ L 161, 26.6.1999.