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C 289/104 Official Journal of the European Communities EN 11.10.


In 1998 the Commission received 78 funding applications for youth guidance worker training or youth
exchanges with Latin America and Central America, of which 31 were approved. Implementation of the
European Voluntary Service pilot initiative in 1996 and of the programme proper as from 1998 has also led to
the placing of 55 young European voluntary workers in projects located in Latin America and Central

As the cooperation agreements between the Community and these countries now include a strand on
‘cooperation in the field of education, vocational training and youth’, the Commission is examining the
possibilities of strengthening cooperation in the youth field, particularly with local players responsible for
youth work and development of the associative fabric in the context of regional cooperation agreements
between the Mercosur, Andean Pact and Central American countries.

(1999/C 289/137) WRITTEN QUESTION P-3912/98

by Sir Jack Stewart-Clark (PPE) to the Commission

(11 December 1998)

Subject: EU actions for the 1999 International Year of Older People

What types of actions in favour of older people does the Commission propose to fund from the available
budget lines during 1999 to celebrate the International Year of Older People? When will the Commission
publish guidelines for applications for the funding of these actions?

Answer given by Mr Flynn on behalf of the Commission

(14 January 1999)

In line with the budget commentary for budget line B3-4111 (Preparatory measures combating and preventing
discrimination), the Commission proposes to support in 1999 measures in favour of older people (a) to
encourage co-operation, improve knowledge, develop exchanges of information and best practices, promote
innovative approaches and evaluate experiences in order to combat discrimination based on age; (b) to support
and promote the role of non-governmental organisations (NGOs), associations and networks working for
older people and participating in the implementation of these objectives; (c) to promote full citizenship,
participation and equal opportunities for older people; and (d) to encourage co-operation, improve knowl-
edge, develop exchanges of information and best practices, promote innovative approaches and evaluate
experiences to be implemented in the framework of the United Nations international year for older people on
the themes of the situation of older people on the labour market, their role in society, improving their quality
of life, and ensuring respect and non-discrimination. The Commission intends to publish a call for proposals
and accompanying guidelines for potential applicants in spring 1999.

The call for proposals for preparatory actions in the field of social exclusion covering budget lines B3-4101,
B3-4102 and B3-4116, which was published in October 1998, also made provision for exchanging experience
and disseminating information on current approaches in Member States to combat social exclusion including
aspects relating to the promotion of a society for all ages. Around 10 projects on this theme have been
shortlisted for support out of the 1998 budget.

(1999/C 289/138) WRITTEN QUESTION E-3921/98

by Marie-Paule Kestelijn-Sierens (ELDR) to the Commission

(4 January 1999)

Subject: Mutual recognition of certificates providing evidence of formal training in medicine

Does a Member State have the right to refuse to recognise a diploma providing evidence of formal training in
medicine A which a person resident in the European Union has obtained in another Member State and which
provides evidence, in a certificate complying with Directive 93/16/EEC (1), that the person has undergone the
requisite practical training (with reference to Article 3 of the said Directive) and that he/she has the right to
practise medicine A purely and simply because he/she undertook part of his/her training in a third country A
i.e. outside the European Union?