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C 261 E/116

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The Commission is pleased to inform the Honourable Member that on 2 February 2001 the Council adopted a negotiating mandate authorising the Commission to negotiate the setting up of this new Regional Fisheries Organisation.

(2001/C 261 E/123)

WRITTEN QUESTION E-0437/01

by Martin Callanan (PPE-DE) to the Commission

(16 February 2001)

Subject: The BP Trent tragedy in June 1993

In June 1993, nine British sailors were killed when the Panamanian registered vessel the ‘Western Winner’ collided with the British fuel tanker the ‘BP British Trent’ near the Belgian port of Ostend.

Maritime investigations into the accident have shown that the Korean captain and crew of the ‘Western Winner’ were to blame, having failed to comply with essential maritime safety laws. In spite of this, neither the captain and crew of the ship nor its owners, Alpha Beta Investments, have been prosecuted for malpractice.

What measures is the Commission taking to ensure that those responsible are brought to justice?

Answer given by Mrs de Palacio on behalf of the Commission

(20 April 2001)

The Commission takes the view that it has no jurisdiction to prosecute the captain, the crew or the owner of the ship. Nevertheless, the Commission asked the Belgian authorities for information regarding the facts referred to by the Honourable Member. From the information received it appears that the case is still pending before the Criminal Court of Bruges and that the Belgian authorities thus cannot interfere with the judicial process.

(2001/C 261 E/124)

WRITTEN QUESTION E-0441/01

by Michiel van Hulten (PSE) to the Commission

(16 February 2001)

Subject: Recruitment of permanent officials at the European Commission

Can the Commission indicate:

1. How many permanent officials it has recruited since 1 January 1991 through open competitions, broken down by nationality, category and grade?

2. How many of these new officials broken down by nationality, category and grade, have since terminated their employment with the Commission on a permanent basis? How many are presently on unpaid leave (CCP), broken down by nationality, category and grade?

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Answer given by Mr Kinnock on behalf of the Commission

(11 April 2001)

The Commission has recruited 5 119 permanent officials through open competitions from January 1991 until end of February 2001.

Year

Number

1991

316

1992

305

1993

361

1994

543

1995

562

1996

731

1997

565

1998

493

1999

480

2000

627

2001 (two months)

136

Total

5 119

The table comprises the officials recruited on the Operational Budget (budget de fonctionnement) and it includes figures for the Office for Official Publications and the European anti-fraud office (OLAF).

A table concerning the breakdown by nationality, category and grade is being sent direct to the

Honourable Member and to the Parliament’s Secretariat.

Of these officials, 171 (3,34 %) have terminated their employment with the Commission on a permanent

basis since 1991. The main reasons are resignation (94), transfer to another European Institution (54) and invalidity (15). A table concerning the breakdown by nationality, category and grade is being sent direct to the Honourable Member and to the Parliament’s Secretariat.

Currently (as of early March 2001), 194 (3,79 %) of these new officials are on unpaid leave (CCP). A table concerning the breakdown by nationality, category and grade is being sent direct to the Honourable Member and to the Parliament’s Secretariat.

(2001/C 261 E/125)

WRITTEN QUESTION E-0446/01

by Graham Watson (ELDR) to the Commission

(16 February 2001)

Subject: The labelling of animal extracts in medicines

Ingredients of animal origin are essential to the manufacture of a large proportion of medicines. Since this is a matter of concern to some vegetarians, what plans has the EU’s Pharmaceutical Committee to indicate

on the labels of medicinal products whether they contain material extracted from animals?

Answer given by Mr Liikanen on behalf of the Commission

(25 April 2001)

Medicines are products administered to humans to either prevent or treat illnesses or to make a medicinal diagnosis ( 1 ).

The purpose of Community legislation is to guarantee that safe and effective medicines are placed on the market and to provide information for patients.