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2003 EN Official Journal of the European Union C 110 E/189

collaboration by all the actors of the sector: national and local public administrations, mostly, but also the
industry and the representatives of the other stakeholders, such as consumers. This Commission
communication defines the needed actions and the appropriate level at which to implement them.

(1) COM(2002) 511 final.

(2003/C 110 E/208) WRITTEN QUESTION E-3241/02

by Alexandros Alavanos (GUE/NGL) to the Commission

(15 November 2002)

Subject: Drama schools and training programmes under the European Social Fund

There is a demand from young people in Greece for training programmes in the dramatic arts. In the light
of such demand and in order to create greater awareness of the training programmes available, can the
Commission confirm whether such programmes are already running or will do so under the Third CSF for
Greece? If so, can the Commission explain who is eligible to take part in the training programmes? What
are their financial obligations, if any, towards the drama schools? In particular, which drama schools have
undertaken to carry out the relevant programmes in Greece?

Answer given by Mrs Diamantopoulou on behalf of the Commission

(6 January 2003)

The Commission can inform the Honourable Member that up to now no European Social Fund (ESF) co-
financing of drama schools has taken place under the 3rd Community Support Framework for Greece.

Following the modernisation of vocational training in Greece, a labour market study is always necessary
before including a particular sector in the calls for tender of the cofinanced training actions.

If a future study reveals that there is a labour market need in the field of dramatic arts, it may be decided
to finance training actions under one of the Operational Programmes.

(2003/C 110 E/209) WRITTEN QUESTION E-3242/02

by Mihail Papayannakis (GUE/NGL) to the Commission

(15 November 2002)

Subject: Level of EU appropriations for the funding of programmes for Roma in Greece

On 4 March 2002, the Greek government announced an ‘Integrated action programme for the social
integration of Greek gypsies’ with a budget of EUR 373,5 million for the period 2005-2008, which makes
provision for measures in respect of housing, education, employment and social welfare for Roma and
others. According to government announcements, the necessary resources will come from the Third CSF
(approximately EUR 206 million) and national sources (EUR 166 million). The Greek branch of Helsinki
Watch has complained that, at the beginning of June 2002, during a visit to Greece by the Council of
Europe’s Commissioner for Human Rights, Alvaro Gil Robles, the programme appeared to have a budget
of only EUR 308 million.

In the light of the above, can the Commission state the actual overall level of appropriations allocated
under the Second and Third CSF in Greece to programmes relating to Roma?