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2003 EN Official Journal of the European Union C 110 E/107

(2003/C 110 E/109) WRITTEN QUESTION E-2802/02

by Miquel Mayol i Raynal (Verts/ALE) to the Commission

(7 October 2002)

Subject: Imprisonment of Leyla Zana and Turkey’s accession to the EU

According to Amnesty International, Mrs Leyla Zana is currently in a Turkish prison for having dared to
speak in Kurdish at her inauguration as a member of the Turkish parliament.

Has the Commission been informed of this situation?

Should these reports prove accurate, does it believe that a State practising repression of this kind can
accede to the European Union?

Answer given by Mr Verheugen on behalf of the Commission

(15 November 2002)

The Commission is fully informed of the case of Ms Leyla Zana. This case was subject to a ruling of the
European Court of Human Rights (1) as well as to an interim resolution of the Committee of Ministers of
the Council of Europe (2). The interim resolution urged the Turkish authorities to respond to the
Committee’s repeated demands that the situation of former Member of Parliament Leyla Zana be remedied.

As a candidate country for membership in the European Union, Turkey should strive to fulfil the
Copenhagen political criteria. The Accession Partnership between the Union and Turkey requires a short-
term priority that Turkey ‘address the situation of those people in prison for expressing non-violent

The Commission raised this issue in the committee on foreign affairs, human rights, common security and
defence policy of the European Parliament in Brussels on 4 November 2002.

This case is raised in the Commission’s Regular Report of 9 October 2002, which states that the situation
of persons imprisoned for having expressed non-violent opinions has not been adequately addressed.

The Commission will continue to monitor the situation closely and to raise it with the Turkish authorities.

(1) Ref. Judgment of 17 July 2001 in the case Sadah, Zana, Diele, Dogan.
(2) Ref. 30.4.2002.

(2003/C 110 E/110) WRITTEN QUESTION E-2803/02

by Bart Staes (Verts/ALE) to the Commission

(7 October 2002)

Subject: Language teaching at the European Schools in Belgium

According to some reports, not all the European Schools in Belgium have Dutch-language sections.
Apparently, the primary sections at the European Schools only offer French, German and English as
second languages. It is only at secondary level that pupils can opt to learn Dutch as a third language. Yet
many Europeans living in Belgium send their children to Dutch-speaking nursery schools.