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5.12.

2002 EN Official Journal of the European Communities C 301 E/233

(2002/C 301 E/245) WRITTEN QUESTION E-1807/02


by Konstantinos Hatzidakis (PPE-DE) to the Commission

(24 June 2002)

Subject: Ineffective implementation of a supplementary teaching programme in Greece

Funds are being provided under the common support framework for a supplementary teaching
programme for secondary schools. In view of complaints regarding the effectiveness of the programme,
can the Commission say whether it is satisfied with the way in which the secondary school supplementary
teaching programme is being implemented?

Answer given by Mrs Diamantopoulou on behalf of the Commission

(1 August 2002)

The activity referred to by the Honourable Member is part of measure 1.2 ‘Combating school failure and
drop-out and introducing alternative forms of learning’ in the Operational Programme ‘Education and
initial vocational training’ under the Community Support Framework (CSF) 2000-2006 for Greece.

The budget for this measure amounts to EUR 191 395 million for the whole of the period. The activity in
question relates to pupils at under-performing secondary schools and technical colleges (TEEs), who can
profit from supplementary teaching programmes designed to prevent school failure, dropping out and
exclusion from the labour market.

The overall failure rate in pan-Hellenic examinations in the second year of secondary school was nearing
20 %, and in some regions was as high as 50 % of all pupils.

As a result, owing to the extent of the problem, this activity is one of the Operational Programme’s
priorities. The aim is for 35 000 pupils at secondary schools and TEEs to benefit from it each year.

Under the rules in force for the 2000-2006 period, the Member State must report annually to the
Commission on the implementation of each Programme. The Commission is thus provided with an initial
source of information on the OP as a whole and on this activity in particular.

Furthermore, a mid-term evaluation of the programme, which should provide firm indications of the
effectiveness and impact of these activities, is due in 2003, when the Commission, in cooperation with the
national authorities, will examine the effectiveness of the activity on the basis of the results achieved and in
relation to the objectives laid down in the Programme and its programme complement.

(2002/C 301 E/246) WRITTEN QUESTION E-1816/02


by Christopher Huhne (ELDR) to the Commission

(25 June 2002)

Subject: Economic integration

Will the Commission give figures for the most recent available year, for the previous five years and for the
previous ten years, relating to the stock of foreign direct investment in each Member State of the European
Union as a percentage of that Member State’s GDP, and will it also break down that figure into foreign
direct investment from other Member States and from non-member countries?
C 301 E/234 Official Journal of the European Communities EN 5.12.2002

Answer given by Mr Solbes Mira on behalf of the Commission

(26 July 2002)

The data are available for 1992-2001 and are being sent directly to the honourable Member as well as to
the Parliament Secretariat-General.

(2002/C 301 E/247) WRITTEN QUESTION E-1817/02


by Michl Ebner (PPE-DE) to the Commission

(27 June 2002)

Subject: Investigations into the international trade in animals used in experiments

On 31 May 2002 a case of cruelty to animals was uncovered on the Brenner Pass motorway. A small lorry
was carrying 56 beagle puppies under unacceptable conditions  the animals had neither food nor water
and were being transported in cages which were much too small. The puppies came from Reggio Emilia
and were intended for use in experiments to be carried out by a toxicological institute in Hamburg.
Following a wave of public sympathy homes have now been found for the puppies with families.

In Germany and in other countries there are many such institutes which carry out animal experiments,
although it is not always clear whether the laboratories and institutes comply with the relevant legal
provisions.

Could the European Commission please investigate the Hamburg Laboratory of Pharmacology and
Toxicology KG (D-21134 Hamburg) and check that its activities are lawful?

Answer given by Mrs Wallström on behalf of the Commission

(2 August 2002)

According to Council Directive 86/609/EEC of 24 November 1986 on the approximation of the laws,
regulations and administrative provisions of the Member States on the protection of animals used for
experimental and other scientific purposes (1) the control of laboratories carrying out animal experiments is
the responsibility of the national authorities. The Commission has so far not received any indication that
the German authorities do not sufficiently control the laboratory in question. The Commission also has no
indication that the activities of the laboratory do not comply with the requirements of Directive
86/609/EEC.

Therefore, the Commission considers that there is currently no basis for a Commission investigation.
However, the Commission would be grateful for information about possible infringements of the Directive
in above context, which the Honorable Member may have.

(1) OJ L 358, 18.12.1986.

(2002/C 301 E/248) WRITTEN QUESTION E-1820/02


by Brian Simpson (PSE) to the Commission

(27 June 2002)

Subject: Discrimination against European companies by the United States Aviation Security Act (S1447)

Can the Commission indicate what action it intends to take against the United States in regard to the
discrimination that is being practised against European companies by the US Aviation Security Act
(S1447)? Further, what pressure is the Commission exerting on the US Government to reinstate the