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4. How much money was allocated to the aid projects?

5. Does the Commission know whether the aid reached its destination and the objective of the aid measures
was attained?

6. Was any pressure applied to entrust an EU aid project for Bosnia to the aid organisation ‘World Vision’,
and if so by whom?

7. Which Austrian NGOs does the Commission work with in carrying out aid projects?

8. What is the level of EU funds thus allocated to people in need?

Answer given by Ms Bonino on behalf of the Commission

(20 January 1999)

The Commission has taken the matter referred to by the Honourable Member in hand. At present it does not
have sufficient information to confirm or refute the allegations.

Between 1996 and 1998, the Commission concluded three humanitarian aid contracts with World Vision
Austria accounting for a total of ECU 1 022 000, all for emergency rehabilitation projects in former
Yugoslavia, enabling minority groups to return to the canton of Zenica-Doboj. The projects benefited some
228 families whose homes were rehabilitated and 150 pupils of the primary school in Cobe. All three were
completed satisfactorily.

The other Austrian non-governmental organisations with which the Commission works in the field of
humanitarian aid are the Austrian Help Program, Care Osterreich, Caritas Austria, Osterreichisches Hilfswerk
International, the Austrian Red Cross and SOS Kinderdorf.

The budget allocated by the budgetary authority to humanitarian aid under Chapter B7-21 for 1998, including
additions, is ECU 475 million.

(1999/C 207/192) WRITTEN QUESTION E-3883/98


by Michl Ebner (PPE) to the Council

(4 January 1999)

Subject: European Civilian Service

Most Member States of the Union acknowledge civilian service, but some, like Greece, do not. Accordingly, in
the latter instance, people who refuse to undertake military service on religious or conscientious grounds are
persecuted by national authorities.

On 22 September 1995, the European Parliament adopted a resolution (B4-1127/95) (1) on the establishment
of a European Civilian Service in which it called on the Commission to submit a proposal for the establishment
of a European Civilian Service.

Does the Council intend:

@ as part of the process for the harmonisation of the legal system in the European Union, to put in hand an
approximation of the relevant laws of the various Member States, and

@ does it intend, in connection with the mobility of the inhabitants of the European Union, to devise a
system which would permit the establishment of a genuine European Civilian Service or enable
individuals to serve in a Civilian Service in a Member State of the Union other their own?

(1) OJ C 269, 16.10.1995, p. 232.


C 207/142 Official Journal of the European Communities EN 21.7.1999

Reply

(9 March 1999)

The Honourable Member suggests devising a system that would permit the establishment of a European
Civilian Service; however, the Treaties do not give the European Union any powers to harmonise Member
States’ legal systems in this regard.

(1999/C 207/193) WRITTEN QUESTION E-3889/98


by Graham Watson (ELDR) to the Commission

(4 January 1999)

Subject: EU tropical forestry sourcebook

In November 1998, Members of the European Parliament received from the Commission a copy of a 400-page
sourcebook on EU aid to tropical forestry printed on art paper in A4 format.

Can the Commission confirm that the EU tropical forestry sourcebook was produced with recycled paper?

Does the Commission know how many trees were used to produce the entire edition of this publication?

Answer given by Mr Pinheiro on behalf of the Commission

(21 January 1999)

The ‘EU Tropical Forestry Sourcebook’, a joint publication of the Commission and the Overseas development
institute, was produced entirely from sylvan coat @ a recycled paper.

It is not possible to calculate how many trees were used as recycled paper uses pulp in a way which makes it
very difficult to measure.

(1999/C 207/194) WRITTEN QUESTION E-3890/98


by Odile Leperre-Verrier (ARE) to the Commission

(4 January 1999)

Subject: Action aimed at young people in the Mediterranean area

In its reply to Written Question E-1253/98 (1), which was put to it in April 1998, the Commission stated that,
in connection with the Barcelona Conference, ‘a Euro-Mediterranean youth exchange programme should be
established’ and that ‘specific initiatives for youth will be put forward shortly.’

Would the Commission say what measures it has launched thus far, given its statement to the effect that such
activities might be introduced in 1998?

(1) OJ C 386, 11.12.1998, p. 100.

Answer given by Mr Marín on behalf of the Commission

(8 February 1999)

On 27 October 1998 the Commission approved the setting-up of the Euro-Mediterranean youth action
programme. This programme will receive EUR 6 million in MEDA funds over two years to finance youth
exchanges, the integration of young people in social and professional life and the democratisation of civil
society in the Mediterranean partner countries. It is also aimed at fostering citizenship among young people in
their local communities and actively involving young people and their organisations in enhancing the
employability of the young people concerned.