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2001 EN Official Journal of the European Communities C 235 E/137

(2001/C 235 E/147) WRITTEN QUESTION E-0160/01

by Salvador Garriga Polledo (PPE-DE) to the Council

(1 February 2001)

Subject: Vacant posts in the professional armies of the Member States

The creation of professional armies is a contemporary aspect of the restructuring of armies in EU Member
States which marks a new departure, with conscription becoming a thing of the past.

However, in some units of the armed forces in the Member States, the number of posts on offer outstrips
the demand from professional soldiers who have opted to pursue a career in the armed forces.

Does the Council see the need to promote access for Community citizens under the CFSP to certain posts
in the armed forces in any EU Member State, regardless of their nationality, by encouraging mobility in the
Member States’ armed forces?


(14 May 2001)

Recruitment policy in the armed forces of the Member States remains subject to national sovereign
measures, as indeed do decisions on the participation of national troops in any EU-led crisis management

The Council has no vocation to debate measures to promote mobility regardless of nationality between the
national armed forces of the different Member States. These remain a national responsibility. Article 39(4)
TEC provides that provisions on the free movement for workers shall not apply to employment in the
public service; this includes the armed forces.

(2001/C 235 E/148) WRITTEN QUESTION E-0161/01

by Salvador Garriga Polledo (PPE-DE) to the Commission

(31 January 2001)

Subject: Preventable infant deaths in the world

According to the report by Unicef for 2001, in 1999 eleven million children under the age of five around
the world died from causes that could have been prevented. Furthermore, the growth of 177 million
children is impaired because their mothers were malnourished during pregnancy.

The report also highlights the fact that some 100 million children have no access to schooling. In poor
countries one child in five does not receive primary education, and approximately 20 million children have
been forced to flee their homes because of war.

Given that our sense of responsibility and empathy towards other human beings prevents us from
remaining impassive to such a desperate state of affairs, does the Commission see the need to put forward
specific suggestions whereby the Member States would reconvert the debt owed to them by poor countries
into investment, with a view to ensuring that debt payments do not prevent the latter from providing basic
social services?