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It is estimated that a fully operational programme could attract between two and three hundred applications annually, thus swelling government coffers in years to come. Does the Commission intend to take action so that Malta, while adhering to the principle of subsidiarity, tightens its regulations for the granting of citizenship? What is the Commission's opinion on the fact that the names of the new citizens are not made public? Iran is one of 33 countries which apply the death penalty for drug-related crimes, including trafficking, cultivation, manufacturing and possession of illicit drugs.

Arrests made under these EU-funded programmes, which include technical assistance in border controls, financial aid and staff training, are likely to result in death sentences and executions. The resolution also stressed that the abolition of the death penalty for drug-related offences should be a pre-condition for financial assistance. Can the Commission specify the amount of funding Iran receives for law enforcement activities related to drug trafficking through earmarked grants to the UNODC, the Economic Cooperation Organisation and other channels?

Has the Commission developed guidelines as called for in the above resolution? If not, when does it plan to do so? The EU has a strong position against the death penalty DP. The EU consistently calls on Iran to halt pending executions and introduce a moratorium on DP in all cases, also related to drug offences.

Aimed at regional capacity building and info exchange on drug trafficking, it was partly suspended in Iran, also due to HR concerns. However, the latter is not operational and all related activities have been suspended. Iran is one of the retentionist states that received international drug enforcement aid. Deelt zij de mening dat dit tegenstrijdig is? Om welke eisen gaat het hier concreet? Tijdens deze vergadering zijn geen bezwaren geuit. Alle antwoorden op de vraag van het geachte Parlementslid zijn te vinden in dit rapport.

De conclusies van de Raad van december over de evaluatie van de EDEO weerspiegelen de steun van de lidstaten voor het werk dat de dienst verrricht. De EDEO is volledig verantwoordingsplichtig aan de begrotingsautoriteit met betrekking tot de toegevoegde waarde van zijn activiteiten. Does she agree that this is contradictory? What requirements, exactly, are at issue? Why, and to perform what tasks, are more staff evidently needed there? No objection was raised during that meeting.

All the answers to the parliamentary question are included in this report. Rafforzamento del radicalismo islamico tra i cittadini europei. Grazie alla Turchia, che permette a chiunque di unirsi ai ribelli attraverso i suoi confini, in Siria ci sono 50 mila combattenti identificabili come estremisti islamici, di questi, 10 mila sono jihadisti collegati ai terroristi di Al Qaeda e vengono dall'Europa.

The Mujahidin force in Syria is the third largest in history, and the director of the national counter-terrorism centre has repeatedly emphasised the fact that many Europeans are travelling to Syria, being trained, and then returning home as members of a global jihadist movement whose targets are Western Europe and the United States. How does it intend to deal with the threat of increased Islamic fundamentalism in Europe?

The EU is alarmed by the increased Islamist radicalism among European citizens and that many Europeans are travelling to Syria to fight with radicals groups. It encouraged those states to take appropriate measures to prevent the flow of foreign fighters to and from Syria. The EU is determined to engage with third countries also to deal effectively with terrorism and the financing of the flows of foreign fighters.

Neuronale Ceroid-Lipofuszinose, eine Form von Kinderdemenz. Kinderdemenz ist genetisch veranlagt — bedingt durch einen Defekt auf dem Chromosom 16 kommt es zu einer Fehlfunktion des Recyclingprozesses in der Zelle. Wie sieht die europaweite Zusammenarbeit in diesem Bereich aus? Child dementia is genetically determined: Sufferers may lose their sight, memory, the power of speech and the ability to walk or move, requiring them to use a wheelchair. Most sufferers do not live beyond 20 or How much European funding, if any, is available?

Please indicate budget line s. If so, what are these? In which Member States? How much European cooperation exists in this area? How much cooperation is there between Member States? Does the Commission have updated figures on the prevalence of the disease? The Commission has no specific policy for NCLs.

As the Republic of Cyprus cannot exercise control over this area, which has been under Turkish occupation since , we ask the Commission the following questions:. In what ways can it intervene and seek international support, funding and technical assistance from Unesco or other international organisations in order to protect these monuments, which are part and parcel of our common European cultural heritage? The Commission attaches great importance to the preservation of cultural heritage in Cyprus. EU-funded conservation measures for the Othello Tower in Famagusta are scheduled to be completed in This will allow the reopening of the monument which is currently closed to the public due to safety concerns.

The EU has only limited competences in the field of cultural heritage and the Commission would welcome any initiative conducive to increased activities by other international donors in this important area. Die EU ist ferner der Ansicht, dass die Organisationen der Zivilgesellschaft, insbesondere Frauenorganisationen, einen entscheidenden Beitrag zum Erfolg der Umsetzung des Friedensprozesses leisten werden, wenn die Vertragsparteien zu einer Einigung kommen.

The peace process in Colombia is continuing to follow its roadmap with the announcement of the agreement on the political chapter. The EU will strive towards greater number of women as mediators and chief negotiators. Thus, we understand that the High Representative must follow those lines of action. The EU has welcomed and supported the peace process in Colombia. However, it has neither called for more participation of civil society in the peace process dialogue, nor for stronger participation of women. Will the EEAS actively promote the participation and representation of women in the peace talks?

Regarding the Havana talks between the Colombian Government and the FARC, while it is true that civil society representatives do not participate directly in discussions, the views of civil society are, nonetheless, being fed regularly into the process via a substantial consultation mechanism, managed by the United Nations Office in Colombia and the national University of Colombia, which has been attracting numerous contributions from organisations and individuals alike. The EU also believes that civil society organisations, and in particular women's organisations, will have a crucial role to play in ensuring the success of the implementation of the peace process if a deal is agreed between the parties.

Iran is the country which imposes the most death sentences after China. These executions must be stopped. This is a country where the oppression of women, the ban on homosexuality and executions of minors are a daily reality. The EU and the international community must continue to express their opposition to the breaches of human rights in Iran for as long as these outrages continue.

The EU fully shares the concern regarding the extensive use of capital punishment in Iran, as confirmed by the alarming number of executions carried out in Iran throughout Most of the executions took place after summary trials, without the right to appeal and for offences, notably drugs trafficking, which according to international minimum standards should not result in capital punishment. As regards the case of Messrs. The EU holds a strong, principled position against the death penalty. It consistently calls on Iran to halt all pending executions and to introduce a moratorium on this cruel and inhuman punishment.

Costi elevati per un'alimentazione sana: In tema di alimentazione, gli esperti raccomandano di seguire una dieta equilibrata e variegata, consumando 5 porzioni al giorno di frutta e verdura, cereali integrali, carni magre e limitando il consumo di alimenti ad alto contenuto energetico. I risultati evidenziano che le politiche di riduzione dei costi dei cibi sani ne aumentano sensibilmente il consumo da parte delle persone. Gli aspetti fiscali e le politiche dei prezzi sono di competenza degli Stati membri.

Al momento non sono previsti ulteriori studi sul rapporto tra i prezzi e le abitudini alimentari. When it comes to food, experts recommend that we follow a balanced and varied diet containing five daily portions of fruit and vegetables, wholegrain cereals and lean meat, and that we limit our consumption of high-energy foodstuffs. However, various studies from a number of US universities claim that the cost of a calorie of fish, lean meat, fruit, vegetables and wholegrain cereals is higher, on average, than the cost of a calorie of high-energy food.

Of course, it is possible to eat healthily even on a limited budget; however, it is more difficult to consume healthy food than to consume fatty food, which is quicker and easier. It thus follows that the wealthier members of society are often the only ones who can afford to follow a balanced diet. The results show that a policy of reducing the cost of healthy food considerably increases its consumption. The High Level Group is developing a common Action Plan to tackle childhood obesity , addressing, among other elements, the important role of parents and schools, the regular participation of children in physical activity and the advisable boundaries for marketing and advertising.

The strategy highlights that obesity is rising among Europeans and that it disproportionately affects those in low socioeconomic groups. Issues of taxation and pricing policies are within the remit of the Member States. At this point, no additional studies on the relationship between pricing and eating habits are foreseen. Why is the age limit for unemployed young people to be included in the indicator used for the Youth Guarantee set at 25 instead of 30?

Does the Commission have a specific action plan to prevent and rectify these alarmingly high levels of youth unemployment? This age limit reflects the official definition of youth employment as used by Eurostat. In principle, this will target young persons under the age of 25 not in employment, education or training. Member States may extend this target group to include young people up to the age of 30 within the eligible regions on a voluntary basis, but should bear in mind their commitment under the above Council Recommendation.

The implementation of the Youth Guarantee is the first priority for the Commission in promoting youth employment. All related initiatives can be found here: However, a wide spectrum of social and political organisations and various NGOs have been accusing European companies involved in Guatemala of failing to respect the rights of those concerned to be consulted and of infringing human rights.

In many cases, the outcome of referendums in which local communities have opposed the launching of hydroelectric projects have simply been ignored by the companies, which have gone ahead with their projects in Guatemala anyway, thereby infringing the above convention.

The Guatemalan Government is responsible for ensuring compliance with international agreements signed by it and should therefore guarantee respect for the democratically expressed wishes of indigenous peoples in its territory and halt work on many projects which are being completed or are about to be launched. Concerning the energy market situation, prices have continued to rise, creating major inequalities regarding access.

Many NGOs and social organisations complain of unavailable or limited power supplies following the privatisation. The hydroelectric projects have clearly been of no benefit to the communities in which they are located. Will it urge Guatemala to comply with the Convention, to which it is a signatory, and effectively uphold the rights of indigenous peoples?

A number of multinational companies have recently become interested in the business opportunities offered by hydroelectrical plants in Guatemala. However, a wide spectrum of social and political organisations and various NGOs have accused European companies involved in Guatemala of failing to respect the right to consultation of those affected and of infringing basic human rights. Numerous investigations have accused European companies of taking advantage of the almost complete absence of a stable legal framework to carry out their projects without having to comply with international rules and treaties Specifically, most of these companies fail to respect the terms of ILO Convention , which establishes that such projects can only be implemented once a referendum has been held in the communities affected by them.

Prices in the energy market have continued to rise, making access to energy highly unequal and leading to complaints from many NGOs and social organisations about the absence or restriction of power supply since the sector was privatised. This clearly shows that these hydroelectric projects have been of no benefit to the communities in which they are located. Contracts to build hydroelectric projects are a source of considerable income for construction and electrical companies, at the cost of severe environmental impact, which often takes place on land belonging to indigenous communities.

These multi-million euro construction contracts are a major source of income for a large number of big European companies, which carry out their projects in open violation of ILO treaties. According to information from the National Commission of Electric Energy, currently 27 hydroelectric plants are operating throughout the country. Another 20 projects are either approved or under consideration by the competent authorities.

The EU believes that proper consultations with the population that potentially could be affected by these projects are of high importance. Equal access to information is essential in this regard and effective consultation mechanisms ought to be set up. The fact that several hydroelectric projects operate without conflict shows that there are some good practices. Respect of local legislation constitutes a basic prerequisite for any enterprise to meet its social responsibility.

Zudem gibt es registrierte Stoffe, bei denen diese Phase in den Registrierungsdossiers abgedeckt wird. Dieses Element sollte jedoch nicht im Mittelpunkt des Prozesses der Stoffbewertung stehen. By reducing the input of particularly problematic substances such as POPs or substances of very high concern SVHCs in the primary products, these can also be kept out of secondary products.

Does the Commission agree that reducing the input of particularly problematic substances is a particular responsibility under the implementation of the REACH Regulation, the Guidance Documents of which explicitly include the waste stage in the substance evaluation for the registration of substances, for example? Is the Commission aware of any registration dossiers that satisfy this requirement? Does the Commission consider this to be a useful objective in the ongoing examination of dossiers by the European Chemicals Agency ECHA in order to set the necessary priorities? Quality of recyclates depends to a large degree in homogeneity and purity of waste streams.

However, this element should not be the focus of the substance evaluation process. The restriction and authorisation processes are better suited to address concerns from problematic substances in the waste stage. However, evaluation can help bridge the knowledge gap on many substances and set priorities enabling these risk management tools to address concerns identified in the waste stage.

In light of the fact that there has been a European Year theme every year since and that this is a highly successful project, we would like to know:. Where and when was the official decision made that there would be no European Year ? What is happening with the financial resources which were earmarked for European Year ? When does the Commission intend to organise a European Year for reconciling work and family life, as requested by Parliament?

However, considering the specific nature of as a year of elections of the European Parliament and of institutional transition, the Commission has considered that it is more appropriate to continue actions related with the European Year of Citizens into No specific resources were earmarked for the European year The actions which will be supported in in the framework of the European Year of Citizens are budgeted on the financial envelope.

The proposal that should be the European Year of Development has been adopted by the Commission and is now being considered for adoption by the European Parliament and the Council. The Commission will consider future proposals for European years in due time. Terwijl het religieuze geweld waartoe Boko Haram en de tak Ansaru aanzetten momenteel veel media-aandacht krijgt, moeten de omstandigheden die de opkomst van dergelijke groepen bevorderen, nog aan de orde worden gesteld.

Er blijft een dringende behoefte bestaan om de onderliggende systematische marginalisering van niet-moslims in de noordelijke en centrale staten aan te pakken, evenals het klimaat van straffeloosheid dat religieus geweld omringt. Het aanhoudende geweld in Nigeria is een bron van grote zorg. Het geweld richt zich niet alleen tegen de instellingen, maar ook tegen onschuldige burgers, zowel moslims als christenen.

De EU werkt samen met de regering en de bevolking van Nigeria om deze cyclus van geweld te helpen doorbreken. Daarnaast voorziet het stabiliteitsinstrument in specifieke bijstand op het gebied van veiligheid en de rechtsstaat. Het is de bedoeling bepaalde activiteiten in het kader van het 11e EOF toe te spitsen op het noorden van Nigeria. Korkean edustajan, varapuheenjohtaja Catherine Ashtonin komission puolesta antama vastaus. While religious violence instigated by Boko Haram and its offshoot Ansaru is currently receiving wide media coverage, the conditions that facilitate the emergence of such groups have yet to be addressed.

There remains an urgent need to tackle the underlying systematic marginalisation of non-Muslims in various northern and central states, as well as the culture of impunity surrounding religious violence. Together, these factors create an enabling environment in which religious discrimination and violence can occur without consequences. The continued violence in Nigeria is of great concern. It targets not only state institutions, but also innoncent civilians, both Muslims and Christians.

The EU is working with the government and people of Nigeria to help bring an end to the cycle of violence. It does so through continuous political dialogue on appropriate solutions to the problems, and through targeted aid interventions in support of Nigerian initiatives. In addition, the Instrument for Stability is providing specific assistance in the area of security and rule of law. Last month the United Nations launched the international year of family farming initiative in a bid to raise awareness of the role that family farms play in providing food security and alleviating hunger and poverty.

Furthermore, how does the Commission expect the reformed Common Agricultural Policy to contribute to family farming? The CAP offers a wide range of measures to enhance the competitiveness of family farms irrespective of their size, output and production methods. Measures available within Rural Development Policy allow family farms to become more sustainable by improving economic, environmental and social delivery.

A specific emphasis is placed on targeting young farmers, which is essential in order to ensure generational renewal of farms. The reform also provides farmers with the means to have more effective access to markets. Farmers can opt for measures that will help them to sell their products directly to consumers and become involved in short supply chains and local markets. Measures aiming at strengthening of producer organisations and introduction of risk management tools are also intended to enhance the competitiveness of family farms. As far as research and innovation is concerned, the European Innovation Partnership for agricultural productivity and sustainability will provide opportunities for setting up Operational Groups who will develop, test and apply innovative approaches.

There is concern that new housing in the area would have a negative impact on biodiversity. This is likely to involve asphalting and other encroachments on the natural environment. The directive nevertheless foresees that Member States shall pay attention to the protection of wetlands and particularly to wetlands of international importance. The Swedish authorities are responsible for the evaluation of the impact of this housing project which is not necessary incompatible with nature conservation.

There is, at this stage, no evidence that Sweden is not acting in conformity with EU legislation. If there exists relevant proof that chemical weapons were used recently in an attack in Syria, this would be a serious breach of international law. The European Union can no longer stand by while the rights of innocent civilians are violated and, what is more, people are losing their lives.

During the Syrian attack, more than a hundred thousand people were killed and a large number of others were forced to leave the country. A chemical attack cannot be justified under any circumstances whatsoever. Only in this way will it be possible to ensure that violence does not lead to further violence. If so, what will its next steps be? As indicated in the reports to the UN Security Council, there is undisputable evidence that chemical weapons have been used in Syria. The reports do not identify the perpetrators of these attacks.

The EU has been supporting the international effort to destroy Syria's chemical weapons politically as well as practically. The overall target date for the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons was set by the UNSC Resolution for the end of the first semester of The schedule of intermediate steps has been flexible and it became clear that the transportation of the chemical weapons by sea would not begin before early The EU is well aware of the logistical obstacles and of the security conditions in the country.

It is necessary and important to make the appropriate efforts needed to ensure that older people can be full members of society. Their rights must be promoted and protected, especially through multilateral dialogue among stakeholders. To this end, discussions have long been held on the need for a new international treaty on the protection of the rights of the elderly. The EU is fully committed to the promotion and protection of human rights of older persons and acknowledges the serious challenges older persons face.

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Still much more could be done under the existing international human rights obligations to improve the enjoyment of human rights by older persons and to combat age discrimination. The EU will cooperate with the expert once appointed and share practical examples, for instance its experience with the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities which covers the most vulnerable groups of older person namely those with disabilities resulting from age related impairments.

The EU could also share how it is seeking to enable EU older citizens to lead healthy, active and independent lives by the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing which gathers stakeholders from public and private sectors, and how the Commission is monitoring Member States' implementation of the existing EU legal acquis which also comprises provisions to protect against age-related discrimination in employment and occupation.

It should be noted that with these privatisations, the Portuguese Government has disposed of strategic companies the energy company EDP, the energy grid company REN and the airport operator ANA that were profitable, and this will deny the Government both the ability to strongly influence these sectors of the economy, which promote economic development and social justice, as well as the profits and dividends that these companies generate.

In light of the above, how does the Commission justify these privatisations? Given that the Treaty is supposedly neutral with regard to whether these companies should be in public or private ownership, is the Commission not obliged to strictly respect the same position? Has there been any assessment of the impact of these privatisations, in terms of lost future revenue to the Portuguese Government and the weakening of its ability to intervene in these strategic sectors? Upon conception of the Economic Adjustment Programme for Portugal in Spring , both the government and the international lenders considered it appropriate that Portugal would make a contribution to its financing needs over the programme period, inter alia through privatisations.

This amount has been achieved much ahead of schedule and the government plans further privatisation in the coming months. Financially, the government's privatisation programme is thus a significant success. The Commission believes that development and social policies should be implemented through appropriate means e. Such policies are part of the EU Agenda and the Commission plays an active role in this process.

The fact that nowadays energy providers and airport operators are very often private undertakings reflects the evolution of perceptions in time. How does the Commission justify yet another privatisation? Has there been any assessment of the impact of privatising the CTT, in terms of lost future revenue to the Portuguese Government and the weakening of its ability to intervene in this strategic sector? In which other EU countries have governments totally renounced their position in the postal services sector?

The share price came out at the top of the price corridor set by the government EUR 5. The sale was thus considered a big success from a financial point of view. Postal services companies have been privatised in a number of other EU Member States, e. The Commission does not keep a record of privatisations in the postal service sector. According to press reports, at the end of September the Commission sent Member-State governments a set of recommendations for the forthcoming European Parliament elections.

In these recommendations, the parties contesting the elections are requested to provide information on the European political party to which they belong, with the suggestion that the respective names and logos are included on voting forms, together with the candidate they are supporting for the post of Commission President. In light of the above, can the Commission provide the specific details of the recommendations sent to Member State governments for the forthcoming Parliament elections?

Given that these recommendations clearly go beyond the provisions of the existing EU standards for Parliament elections, how does the Commission justify this interference in aspects of how these elections are organised? Encouraging the participation of EU citizens in the democratic life is a high priority for the Commission. The recommendation is addressed to national and to European political parties, as well as to the Member States.

It provides inter alia that voters should be informed of the affiliation between national and European political parties, including by the indication of such an affiliation on the ballots and by displaying it in campaign materials of national parties; European and national parties should make known the candidate for President of the European Commission they support; national parties should ensure that their political broadcasts are also used to inform citizens about that candidate and the candidate's programme. Wanneer heeft de Commissie voor het eerst kennis genomen van de plannen van de Mexicaanse autoriteiten om PNR-gegevens op te vragen, en wanneer is de Commissie hiervan officieel door de Mexicaanse autoriteiten op te hoogte gesteld?

Welke stappen zal de Commissie ondernemen om te waarborgen dat de overdracht van gegevens aansluit bij de Europese regels inzake privacybescherming? Welke consequenties heeft deze overeenkomst voor de overdracht van persoonlijke gegevens aan Mexico? Welke juridische waarborgen zijn er voor de burgers van de Europese Unie? Hoe luidt de stand van zaken wat betreft de besprekingen met Rusland over de toekomstige verplichting voor luchtvaartmaatschappijen om PNR-gegevens over te dragen? Wanneer verwacht de Commissie resultaten van deze besprekingen?

Welk soort garanties heeft de Commissie van Rusland ontvangen? In verzochten de Mexicaanse autoriteiten de diensten van de Commissie om onderhandelingen over een PNR-overeenkomst te starten. Besprekingen over de technische aspecten tussen de diensten van de Commissie en de bevoegde Mexicaanse autoriteiten zullen de komende maanden plaatsvinden. De Commissie is niet op de hoogte van de verklaring van China en zal deze kwestie onderzoeken. Such data transfers are not allowed under EU data protection laws. What steps will the Commission take to ensure that data transfers to Mexico are in line with European data protection rules?

What consequences will that agreement have for transfers of personal data to Mexico? What legal safeguards will EU citizens have? What is the state of play with regard to the talks with Russia on the future requirement for carriers to transfer PNR data? What strategy does the Commission have to ensure that such transfers are in line with EU data protection laws? When does the Commission expect an outcome from these talks? What sort of reassurances has the Commission received from Russia?

Technical talks between the Commission services and the relevant Mexican authorities will take place in the coming months. Talks with the Russian authorities continue to address outstanding issues, among which the requirement to transfer data for overflights, which is a major concern. The inhabitants and authorities of the region of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace along the River Nestos are extremely concerned following the detection of increased traces of cadmium in surface water samples, resulting in a prohibition on fishing along the Greek section of the river.

Does it know how the funds for the Greece-Bulgaria cross-border programme have been utilised? No exceedances of the Environmental Quality Standards EQS for heavy metals, such as cadmium, were reported by Bulgaria for the river basin district to which the river Nestos belongs BG However, the EQS applied were obsolete. Bulgaria has since informed the Commission that more stringent EQS, based on the Commission guidance, will be applied in the next assessment and, where appropriate, in the identification of any remedial measures.

De Commissie is op de hoogte van het verslag van de Rekenkamer over de uitvoering van de begroting van de Europese Unie voor het begrotingsjaar Het cohesiebeleid vormt het belangrijkste beleidsinstrument van de EU ter ondersteuning van haar strategie voor slimme, duurzame en inclusieve groei; dit wordt weerspiegeld in de conclusies van de bijeenkomst van de Europese Raad van februari en is verankerd in het pakket regelgeving dat onlangs door het Europees Parlement en de Raad is aangenomen.

Het door de Rekenkamer geconstateerde foutenpercentage voor is gebaseerd op een extrapolatie van de fouten die zijn ontdekt in de uitgaven bij een steekproef van projecten die zijn gecontroleerd in verschillende lidstaten, maar de Rekenkamer verklaarde: According to the Commission, this percentage of 6. Is the Commission au fait with the annual report from the Court of Auditors for 1? Will the Commission now finally come to the conclusion that regional policy must be abolished and the funds returned to the contributing Member States so that each Member State can itself determine how the money is spent, especially as it is now evident that the percentage of regional subsidies unduly paid out has become unacceptably high over the last four years?

In any event, the Commission follows up all cases of detected errors, to ensure that all irregular amounts are recovered. Insbesondere im Rahmen des De Commissie erkent het belang van het Guyanaschild als ecoregio en heeft de Guyanaschild-faciliteit actief ondersteund. Zij is van mening dat de langetermijnbescherming van het Guyanaschild moet worden gegrondvest op de beginselen van goede governance en duurzaam beheer van de natuurlijke hulpbronnen.

Bovendien kan steun voor de bescherming van het Guyanaschild ook uit intra-ACS-middelen, waarbij sterk de nadruk wordt gelegd op milieu en klimaatverandering, alsmede uit DCI-middelen worden gefinancierd. The Commission has been actively promoting the conservation and sustainable development of the area since the s, including via the funding of the Guiana Shield Initiative, and the Guiana Shield Facility, an initiative established by the Commission in cooperation with the UNDP, from to Given the importance of the Guiana Shield in halting the loss of biodiversity in the world, and as regards its fresh water supply, its tropical forest protection and its carbon sequestration in relation to global warming, does the Commission consider that the area should continue to be protected in the long term?

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Based on its policy intentions in the new multiannual financial framework, is the Commission prepared to continue to ensure, both politically and financially, the long-term sustainable development of the Guiana Shield, as well as its cooperation with the UNDP and the Guiana Shield Facility? The Commission recognises the importance of the Guiana Shield as an eco-region and has actively supported the Guiana Shield Facility project. The Commission considers that the principles of good governance and the sustainable management of natural resources should underpin the long-term protection of the Guiana Shield.

In this respect, enhanced collaboration between the countries in the region is essential and will be the key to region's sustainability in the long term. Under the new multi-annual financial framework, regional support will be available for programmes and projects in support of sustainable development. Rapimento di dodici suore da un convento cristiano in Siria. Responsibility for this kidnapping has been claimed by a rebel group known as the Free Qalamoun Brigades. The EU has repeatedly stated, including in Foreign Affairs Council conclusions, its concern with the rise of religiously or ethnically motivated violence.

Any violence against civilians in general, and based on identitity issues such as religion or ethnicity in particular, is unacceptable. The Christian community of Syria, alongside other communtiies, has been victim of such violence, which the HRVPcondemns in the strongest terms. There have been numerous cases of kidnapping, disappearance and arbitrary detention in Syria. The HRVP has repeatedly made clear that such appalling practices must stop and all those kidnapped or arbitrarily detained be released without delay.

The EU addresses the Syrian conflict in its entirety and vast complexity by means of a comprehensive approach, which includes efforts to work against the widespread violations of human rights, causing suffering to millions of Syrian people and seeking a solution to the ongoing crisis. De Commissie heeft in haar antwoord medegedeeld dat, van de door de Europese burgers aan de Palestijnse autoriteit betaalde belastingmiddelen, niets bij de veroordeelde terroristen terechtkomt.

Zo ja, komt dan het antwoord dat de Commissie mij heeft gegeven in een ander licht te staan? Blijft de Commissie in het licht van de bevindingen van de Europese Rekenkamer volhouden dat er geen cent aan EU-belastinggeld terechtkomt bij Palestijnse terroristen? Zo ja, waar baseert de Commissie dit standpunt op? Graag een gedetailleerde toelichting met ondersteunend bewijsmateriaal. De conclusie van dit verslag luidde dat de Commissie en de EDEO er ondanks de moeilijke omstandigheden in zijn geslaagd deze steun ten uitvoer te leggen en dat er geen aanwijzingen zijn voor corruptie of wanbeheer.

In its answer, the Commission stated that none of the money which European citizens pay in tax ends up in the hands of convicted terrorists. If so, does that shed a different light on the answer which the Commission gave me? If so, on what does the Commission base this position? Please provide a detailed account with supporting evidence.

The report concluded that the Commission and EEAS have succeeded in implementing this support despite difficult circumstances and that there is no evidence of corruption or mismanagement. Es ist nicht Sache des Rates, die Standpunkte der Kommission zu kommentieren oder Auslegungen von Rechtsvorschriften der Union vorzunehmen.

Dessutom medger kommissionen att avtalet om en enhetlig patentdomstol faller under EU: Can the Council detail the required formalities and state which of these have been fulfilled? It is not for the Council to comment on positions expressed by the Commission nor to interpret provisions of Union law. Can the Commission detail the required formalities and state which of these have been fulfilled?

The jurisdiction is essential for the functioning of European patents with unitary effect. This particular structure is without prejudice with regard to the exercise of the Union competence in line with the Treaties in the future. L'edilizia rappresenta un settore nevralgico dell'economia italiana che, a causa del difficile momento congiunturale, versa in un momento di forte crisi che non accenna a diminuire, come testimoniato dalle proiezioni che prevedono per il ancora un forte calo di investimenti e, di conseguenza, di lavoro e occupazione.

Il relativo Piano d'azione delinea programmi, incentivi fiscali, meccanismi di credito e strumenti finanziari per il rinnovo degli edifici esistenti. I criteri specifici di intervento dei fondi sono definiti nell'Accordo di partenariato dell'Italia e nei relativi programmi operativi. I ritardi nei pagamenti gravano in modo particolare sul settore delle costruzioni in certi paesi, tra cui l'Italia. The construction sector is a crucial part of the Italian economy, which is in deep crisis due to the current tough economic climate and which is set to remain so, as the forecasts of yet another sharp fall in investment and hence in employment in show.

Between and , investment in new housing construction fell by The sector consists, for the most part, of very small companies which have been severely affected by the crisis. These buildings need to be adapted in order to comply with a number of technological standards which can no longer be overlooked. Consequently, work needs to start on upgrading historic centres and on maintaining schools, public buildings and healthcare facilities.

The main causes of the crisis in the construction sector were the blocking of claims against the public administration and the failure of credit institutions to lend. What steps will the Commission take to get viable construction companies that are closing every day due to a lack of liquidity back on track? What strategies does it intend to launch to revive a sector which is crucial to growth and development? The Commission is aware of the situation presented by the Honourable Member regarding the significant economic downturn of the construction sector in Italy and other EU countries.

Its Action Plan emphasises programmes, fiscal incentives, credit mechanisms and financial instruments for the renovation of existing buildings. Following the approach taken for the period, European Structural and Investment ESI Funds will provide in the opportunity to support investments to promote energy efficiency, smart energy management and renewable energy use in public buildings and infrastructure.

ESI funds can also support investments to address specific risks and integrated actions to tackle environmental, climate, demographic and social challenges affecting urban areas. The specific criteria of intervention of the funds will be defined in Italy's Partnership Agreement and Operational Programmes. Late payments particularly affect the construction sector in some countries, including Italy. The Commission is currently in contact with the Italian authorities in order to verify compliance with the directive.

Should the national measures transposing the directive reveal non-compliance, or if the directive is being incorrectly applied, the Commission may take the necessary action including, where appropriate, infringement procedures. Will the Commission develop cross-cutting roadmaps that cover development in the energy sector, the transport sector and the ICT sector, as requested by Parliament in its own-initiative report adopted during the December part-session?

The Commission welcomes the EP own-initiative report. The Commission fully recognises the benefits of policy coordination but does not foresee such inter-sectoral roadmaps in its Work Planning. Already today, policy development and policy planning documents in all of the three fields mentioned take cross-sectoral developments fully into account.

The very CARS process is already an example of a modern holistic policy making, where the Commission successfully brought together the interests of various stakeholders and significantly improved the coordination among Commission services. In addition, regular meetings of the Competitiveness Group of Commissioners provided an effective forum in which all cross-cutting strategic questions were discussed with the participation of all relevant Commissioners.

Finally, the Europe process provides the overall framework which foresees forward-looking and retrospective elements across many different areas. Prezident Obama predniesol What procedure may the Commission put in place in order to avoid a repetition of the recent situation, when there was wiretapping of political leaders, diplomats and several European institutions?

On the same day the Commission informed about the outcome of the consultations conducted with the U. The promotion of human rights and democracy in the world is one of our priorities. Annual reports facilitate our work in many ways because they provide a picture of whether our work has been successful and whether we have managed to achieve our objectives. By mapping the situation, we ascertain where our help is most needed. The EU Annual Report for tells us that we must continue our efforts.

Violations of the principles of democracy and the rule of law and the suppression of human rights and fundamental freedoms are, unfortunately, still common occurrences in many countries around the world. In this respect, it is crucial that we stand united. If we are to succeed, all European institutions and all Member States must have a common, strong approach. How does the Commission intend to contribute to the promotion of human rights and fundamental freedoms in the world in the near future? The EU is highly dedicated to the promotion and protection of human rights and democracy worldwide and fully agrees that a common approach is necessary if we are to succeed in this endeavour.

The EU has a unified strategic framework for this crucial policy area, endorsed by the Council and the EP. Focal points for human rights and democracy have been established in almost all EU delegations, responsible for working specifically with these issues in respective countries. In , the Council adopted two new sets of guidelines in the field of human rights: EU Guidelines on the promotion and protection of freedom of religion or belief FORB , and Guidelines to promote and protect the enjoyment of all human rights by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex LGBTI persons.

Efforts to promote human rights and fundamental freedoms include developing local human rights country strategies in third countries, continually engage in human rights dialogues, produce public statements, and official procedures. At the same time, the cultural and creative sectors — bearing in mind that they occupy a strategic position between the arts, businesses and technology — are a kind of catalyst for innovation in other sectors as well, such as information and communications technology, for example.

The significance of culture cannot be therefore understood only in terms of its economic role. What steps does the Commission plan to take in the effort to support culture and the creative sectors in the Union, and at the same time to boost employment of people active in the area of culture and the arts?

The European Capitals of Culture initiative is a good example of this. Smart investment in culture remains important even in times of economic downturn. The actions of Member States are also complemented by a number of EU initiatives to support the emergence of creative ecosystems across sectors, focusing on five policy drivers: Job security must be a precondition for a well functioning labour market. In other words, employees of temporary employment agencies should not have less favourable working conditions than employees in the user enterprise.

That means that over half of the staff will be from temporary employment agencies. It is not for the Council to provide an interpretation on the implementation of the legal provisions of an EU directive nor on the actions of an individual company. Meist fehlt eine Krankenversicherung. Diese wird sicherlich erneut auch besonders von den Roma genutzt werden, die in der Regel wenig gebildet und auf dem Arbeitsmarkt kaum vermittelbar sind.

Und das muss dann auch entsprechend genutzt werden. Wir zahlen nicht zweimal. Sozialtourismus — verhindert werden soll? Weitere Einzelheiten werden in der oben genannten Mitteilung dargelegt. There are many well-integrated people from Romania and Bulgaria who live in Germany. However, there are also many people from both of those countries who lived in very difficult conditions, and often poverty, in their homeland, and who are seeking better living conditions. Another major problem is the lack of personal documents.

The EU reportedly faces eight million people with no personal documentation. There is often no health insurance. These refugees from poverty live in a mixture of overcrowded housing, dilapidated properties and other temporary accommodation. As of , the full freedom of movement for workers will apply to Romania and Bulgaria — in other words, their citizens may take a job in any EU country. Many of them apply for asylum, despite the fact that there are no grounds for so doing. The municipalities are complaining that some of the immigrants from these two EU countries only come to Germany in order to claim social security benefits.

The mayors in question are angry: That is how that money must then be used. We should not be paying twice: What deliberations are taking place at EU level in respect of all the people with no personal documents? It also contains a range of robust safeguards to help Member States fight abuse and fraud. Further details are set out in the above communication. As regards the lack of personal documentation to which the Honourable Member refers, the Commission would like to recall that Member States are only obliged to grant EU citizens leave to enter their territory with a valid ID card or passport, and EU citizens have a right of residence in another EU Member State for a period of up to three months without any conditions or formalities other than the requirement to hold a valid ID card or passport.

This lack of information on chemical status and pollutants stands in the way of the public having an opinion on the subject. The presence of pollutants constitutes a serious risk to public health, and the lack of knowledge about these pollutants significantly increases such risks. The Blueprint states that full compliance with the pre-Water Framework Directive directives relating to the chemical status of water has not been achieved. Although point sources of pollution have been reduced, diffuse pollution, primarily originating from agriculture, continues to increase, and can only be resolved through changes in agricultural management.

Does the Commission believe that EU legislation should include provisions requiring that:. Standardised mandatory protocols be laid down for networks to monitor the chemical status of water based on the uses and functions of each body of water and the type and nature of pollutants in them? The list of priority hazardous substances subject to strict timetables for gradual reduction and total banning, and prohibition on release, be extended? Compliance with the Water Framework Directive, together with the other directives on water quality, be expressly included in EU legislation in the conditionality mechanisms for any type of aid from the common agricultural policy?

Pursuant to the polluter pays principle, charges be applied for pollution caused by the use of fertilisers and pesticides? It be mandatory to provide buffer zones that are free from pesticides and fertilisers along watercourses? It specifies certain monitoring parameters and is complemented by guidance on how to focus monitoring. MS are required to report the chemical status of water bodies in their river basin management plans subject to public consultation. The Commission reviews the list of priority substances every six years. In , 6 priority hazardous substances PHS were added to the list and 2 existing priority substances reclassified as PHS.

The decision on their application is a task for MS. The WFD requires measures to be taken to mitigate pollution from diffuse sources. In both cases, the measures could include buffer zones. Countries with diverse portfolios of gas suppliers and supply routes, sufficient infrastructure connections and developed gas markets, tend to have lower wholesale gas prices. At retail level taxation is an important component. Northern Ireland gas suppliers sell to consumers by purchasing gas from producers or wholesalers at prices set with reference to the UK trading hub, the National Balancing Point NBP.

The brutal attack by members of the Somali al-Shabab movement at the Westgate Shopping Centre in Nairobi, Kenya, has also highlighted the prevalence of Islamic extremism in parts of Africa. In this context, what action has the Commission taken to assist the authorities in Kenya and Pakistan in the light of the latest round of attacks? Moreover, what strategy, if any, is in place at EU level to combat the threat posed by Islamic extremism both to EU citizens and to Christians throughout the world?

The EU is continuing to support Pakistan in its efforts to tackle the threat from terrorism. A central element of that strategy is to prevent people turning to terrorism by tackling the factors or root causes which can lead to radicalisation and recruitment, in Europe and internationally. In this context, can the Commission detail what efforts are being made at EU level to ensure that older people across Europe have the confidence to use our roads so that they can continue to participate in society?

The Commission considers that the safe mobility of elderly people, including elderly drivers deserves particular attention and specific measures due to the ageing of the European population. Technology is another area where progress is expected to help elderly drivers. Driver assistance systems are now being developed and some of them are already commercially available in certain vehicles. These systems can help elderly drivers to compensate for the functional limitations due to age. The Commission intends to promote the deployment of those technologies that improve safety.

They are aimed at improving knowledge, disseminate best practices and make recommendations concerning the mobility of elderly people. Moreover, the Commission intends to provide funding for research on this topic under the Horizon framework programme. The Commission will also encourage Member States to take the mobility of elderly people into account in the framework of its upcoming package on urban mobility. In this context, can the Commission detail whether an impact assessment has been, or will be, carried out in relation to these proposals, and outline the timeline it envisages for progressing this piece of legislation?

The two legislative proposals will need to be adopted by the European Parliament and by the Council of the European Union, in co-decision, in order to become law. There is no precise timeline for the adoption of the proposals by the European Parliament and by Council. Wijzigingen aan de methodologie om de structurele tekorten van de lidstaten te berekenen. Kan de Commissie details openbaar maken van de geschatte impact van de herziene methodologie voor de huidige output gaps en tekorten van alle lidstaten?

Kan de Commissie de verwachte impact verduidelijken van de herziene methodologie voor de beleidsaanbevelingen die verschillende lidstaten in het kader van de procedure bij buitensporige tekorten hebben ontvangen? Wijzigingen van de bestaande methoden worden overwogen om ervoor te zorgen dat de uitvoering van het SGP de structurele en conjuncturele economische situatie in de lidstaten accuraat weerspiegelt, en om een doeltreffend toezicht op de uitvoering te bevorderen.

Deze technische werkzaamheden doen absoluut geen afbreuk aan de rol van het Europees Parlement en de Raad als medewetgevers inzake het economische governance. Is the Commission aware of the Wall Street Journal article? If not, why not? Does the Commission agree that technical changes on this scale are a risk to the credibility of the revised SGP? Can the Commission clarify the reasons for the revision of the current methodology? Can the Commission publish details of the estimated impact of the revised methodology on the current output gaps and deficits of all Member States?

Can the Commission clarify the expected impact of the revised methodology on the policy recommendations that various Member States have received under the Excessive Deficit Procedure? Commission services and Council committees regularly carry out technical work that underpins the SGP assessment methodology. Changes to existing methods are considered to ensure that implementation of the SGP accurately reflects the structural and cyclical economic situation in the Member States, and to facilitate effective monitoring of the implementation.

Usually, this involves reviews of the recent economic literature on relevant issues, dry-runs and sensitivity analyses and other technical work to ensure that the changes adopted would indeed result in a more accurate reflection of the cyclical positions of Member States. One example where the current methodology could be improved is the method's pro-cyclicality, most notably with respect to how the method measures structural unemployment rates in the Member States.

While the Council committees are associated with the technical work, the European Commission is solely responsible to ensure that the SGP assessment methodology is up-to-date and robust. This technical work absolutely does not undermine the role of the European Parliament and the Council as co-legislators on economic governance.

As a result of the oil exploration that the Spanish company REPSOL is conducting in territorial waters of the Canary Islands, oil exploration has also begun in the adjacent territorial waters of the Kingdom of Morocco. This exploration, authorised by the Moroccan Government, is occurring in the vicinity of the territorial waters of the Western Sahara.

This exploration, if it is deemed feasible and exploitation of the oilfields begins, would pose a series of environmental risks to the maritime ecosystems of the Canary Islands. These very important ecosystems would be seriously threatened, since Moroccan environmental legislation and its enforcement do not ensure the same safety standards that EU legislation offers. If exploration is occurring in the maritime space of the Western Sahara, what measures will she put forward to force Morocco to halt such illegal exploration? If exploitation is occurring in this maritime space, what measures will she put forward to force Morocco to halt the exploitation of natural resources that do not belong to it?

This exploration, if it is deemed feasible and exploitation of the oilfields begins, would present a series of environmental risks to the maritime ecosystems of the Canary Islands. These very important ecosystems would be seriously threatened, since Moroccan environmental legislation and its implementation do not ensure the same levels of safety provided for in EU legislation.

In view of this information, is the Commission keeping abreast of the abovementioned exploration being conducted in this area? Does the Commission have information about the location of this exploration by Morocco, and can it confirm that it will not extend illegally into the territorial waters of the Western Sahara?

In its opinion, what impact might it have on commerce, jobs and the security of supply, and also politically, if, for example, the State Grid actually became an electricity network operator in Germany and this trend continued? Kann die Kommission konkrete Strategien benennen? Die EU hat sich zu offenen Handelsbeziehungen mit China verpflichtet. In puncto Transparenz hat sich die Bilanz Chinas verbessert. Diese Themen wurden zuletzt am Mehr Wettbewerb mit China kann viele Herausforderungen mit sich bringen.

China is buying and leasing more and more production facilities in a number of different countries, most recently in Eastern Europe, in order to meet its own demand. In the meanwhile, MEPs remain committed to establishing fair trade relations with China. Can the Commission point to any specific strategies in this area? The EU is committed to open trade relations with China.

This strategy of supporting fair competition while being firm that China trades in accordance with internationally agreed rules, respects Intellectual Property Rights IPR and meets its World Trade Organisation WTO obligations has been the guiding principle of the EU's trade policy with China.

China's track record on transparency is improving. China's tariff structure is in accordance with the commitments it undertook upon accession to the WTO. In the absence of a multilateral trade agreement, any tariffs changes would be the result of unilateral decisions by China. Increased competition with China may pose many challenges. But China's market and rapid development continues to offer opportunities, with significant potential for further expanding trade and investment. It will also send a message that closer engagement and reciprocal opening is in the best interest for both sides.

I understand that correspondence has been exchanged between the European Commission Directorate General for Competition and the Greek authorities concerning the tax status of shipping companies registered in Greece. Is the European Commission conducting enquiries and, if so, what is their subject matter? What progress has been made in any enquiries being conducted by the Commission into the tax status of shipping companies in Greece?

The Commission has exchanged correspondence with the Greek authorities regarding the taxation rules applicable to the Greek shipping companies. Nevertheless, at this stage, no position has been taken regarding the compliance of these taxation rules with EU rules. What made the Commission decide to modify the scope of the ECB's remit under the single supervisory mechanism? Did any Member States express objections to this in Council and, if so, which? Will the forthcoming ECB asset quality review cover all banks in the euro area irrespective of size?

What action will be taken should it emerge from ECB investigations that a bank is undercapitalised? National supervisors will have responsibilities for less significant banks. The ECB may at any moment decide to directly supervise one or more credit institutions to ensure consistent application of supervisory standards. The work of national supervisors is integrated into the SSM: The ECB is currently developing this framework. The comprehensive assessment will consist of a supervisory risk assessment, an Asset Quality Review AQR and a stress test. It will cover banks that will most likely be subject to direct ECB supervision.

A finalised list of banks will be published in I understand that the Troika European Commission, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund has demanded that the Greek Government make specific amendments to labour and trade union legislation. Have the European Commission and Troika demanded that the Greek Government amend the institutional and legal framework governing trades union in Greece? Has the question of institutional intervention in elections in the workplace and in trades union been raised?

The Commission together with the ECB and the IMF is engaged in a regular policy dialogue with the Greek authorities on a broad range of labour market issues. However, the subjects mentioned by the Honourable Member are not part of the policy conditionality agreed between the Greek Government, the IMF, the ECB and the Commission on behalf of the euro area Member States in the context of the economic adjustment programme for Greece. Iran is undoubtedly one of the key players, both in political and economic terms, in its region.


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It has also been a source of major problems, as illustrated by its aggressive foreign policy, nuclear programme, ongoing human rights violations and drug trafficking. Given that most EU Member States have diplomatic missions in Tehran and there is no longer any EU delegation in the Islamic Republic of Iran, it would seem advisable and recommendable to establish diplomatic relations of some sort with the country.

It should in no way be seen as a reward, linked to the action currently being taken by the Iranian regime, but as a diplomatic tool that can be used whenever important issues arise in order to help shape developments. In the light of the above, does the EEAS plan to take any action in the very near future to establish a permanent representation in Tehran with a clearly defined mandate which would enable it to address the current problems? As noted by the Honourable Members, the Islamic Republic of Iran is an important regional actor, and the European Union is very much aware of both the regional significance of the country and of the potential of further developing relations between the European Union and Iran.

Due to the nuclear issue, however, the efforts to deepen relations that began in , and which included the negotiation of a comprehensive Trade and Cooperation Agreement, a framework for political dialogue and possibly the opening of an EU Delegation, have been on halt since Given that is the European Year of Citizens, which focuses on the rights conferred by EU citizenship, a large proportion of the activities organised are aimed at educating citizens about their rights and responsibilities, including the idea that democratic participation and active citizenship are lifelong and multifaceted learning processes.

Young people in particular need access to, and encouragement to exercise, the civil and political rights and duties recognised by democratic society. With that in mind, what is the Commission doing to comprehensively reach out to all young Europeans in order to ensure that every single citizen is educated about the rights that come with EU citizenship?

The Commission cooperates with the Council of Europe on a citizenship and human rights education project, which promotes cooperation among regional and international initiatives. Finally, the Youth in Action programme annually supports thousands of projects that target youths through non-formal citizenship activities. I recently received a troubling letter from two Canadian women who were living in Glyfada Athens, Greece last year. They contacted me to express their concern at the way they were treated after informing the local police that they had been drugged and then gang-raped.

The women, who are in their early 20s, claim that the police dismissed their allegations, implied that they were to blame and had perhaps had too much to drink, and then suggested that they return the next day to complete the paperwork. No medical examination was carried out, and nor were the women advised as to how to go about finding healthcare.

The Commission has no legal competence to intervene in individual criminal proceedings in cases of individual victims in Member States. The directive also requires that, at a later stage of proceedings, specific protection measures based on individual assessments are in place for such vulnerable victims.

En outre, tous les projets font l'objet d'exercices de suivi annuels. Programmes foresee diverse objectives and results, and different conditionalities are attached to programmes depending on sectors and strategies.


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As a matter of principle, funds are contracted through competitive procedures. In the implementation phase the Commission constantly examines the actions and evaluates if the standards and criteria have been met. Funds are released only if conditionalities are met. Furthermore, all projects are subject to annual monitoring exercices. The correct use of funds for each contract is ensured through regular audits by certified auditing companies. In addition, the Commission contracts independent evaluations of the performance of each programme.

The Honourable Member will find more detailed information on the cooperation programmes at the page indicated below. Acesta a declarat recent: The French report highlights the transnational nature of Roma integration projects, which leads directly to the need to consult the Commission. This approach lies on two pillars: The Commission is in permanent dialogue with the French national Roma contact point officially nominated by the government as being in charge of coordinating the implementation of the national Roma integration strategy in France.

Transnational cooperation is a promising way forward to meet the challenges of Roma integration at the local level. The crisis facing Europe is having a major impact upon local and regional media in Member States. A significant number of local newspapers and local and regional radio and television stations are facing serious financial difficulties. This is affecting their activity and hindering them in their mandate to inform the general public about the various aspects of local and regional government measures, problems affecting citizens and the solutions that local and national government proposes, as well as European issues and EU policies across various domains.

Furthermore, with the prospect of European Parliament elections next year, citizens require ongoing and accurate information, especially those in rural areas, regarding European policies and the way in which the citizens' representatives, the Members of the European Parliament, are acting in their interests.

How can the Commission support the activity of local and regional media in Member States so as to respect the principle of free access by all citizens to accurate information, particularly in the context of the European Parliament elections in ? Diversity, freedom and pluralism of regional and local media are crucial to citizens' rights, especially in the context of exercising their right to vote for the European elections. The Commission does therefore not have overall competence regarding local and regional media.

This pan-European network brings together 13 international, national and regional radio stations from 12 EU Member States. Broadcasting in 12 official EU languages, Euranet Plus takes on EU affairs from a European perspective with full editorial independence. At present, it is committed, among other things, to providing an in-depth coverage of the next Parliamentary elections. At the same time the Commission seeks to ensure respect for media freedom and pluralism within its competences.

It is currently reflecting possible follow up to the public consultation on the report of the independent High Level Group on Media Freedom and Pluralism. Instead, it provides for a replacement of water resources, with the replacement cost borne by the citizens whose water has been contaminated. Water resources for other urban areas that are farther from the basin, and that have not been contaminated, are increased, without those areas being required to pay for the additional water resources. The municipalities are currently being pressured to sign a water exchange agreement — an agreement that is burdensome to taxpayers — with the irrigators.

Does the Commission take the view that the solution of paying replacement costs to the irrigators, instead of granting a direct allocation of water, respects the use priorities established in the Water Framework Directive? These costs are instead often shifted by water providers to households which are charged for drinking water purification. The Commission agrees that, when this happens, the PPP is not adequately taken into account.

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To this end, the Commission, as announced in the Water Blueprint, is working with Member States and stakeholders to develop a guidance document on cost recovery under the Common Implementation Strategy of the WFD. Finally, under the European Regional Development and Cohesion Funds for the financial framework , the fulfilment of Art.

The water pricing policy needs to be reported in the context of the RBMP. A number of EU Member States have not yet complied with animal welfare and similar requirements relating to battery hens and pigs. In other words, there are a number of products on the internal market that are in fact illegal because they do not comply with EU rules. It is not fair to those producers who do comply with the rules, and it is unfair to consumers that they cannot be sure that the food they buy is produced in a lawful manner.

Obbligo di segnalazione oltre boa per i bagnanti. Il mese scorso, infatti, vi sono stati casi di annegamento, nei litorali italiani, dovuti ad incidenti in mare per mancata segnalazione a imbarcazioni private. La competenza di regolamentare il nuoto in mare aperto appartiene agli Stati membri.

La Commissione non dispone di un quadro di insieme delle regolamentazioni degli Stati membri in merito al nuoto in mare aperto. Per quanto concerne le immersioni, esistono norme volontarie europee che stabiliscono i requisiti per la formazione sia del subacqueo che dell'istruttore. La direttiva stabilisce i requisiti per la progettazione e la fabbricazione di tali dispositivi e le regole per la loro libera circolazione nell'Unione. Norme armonizzate volontarie che corroborano i requisiti della direttiva sugli aspetti della salute e della sicurezza sono state prodotte dalle organizzazioni europee di normazione.

Si noti che la direttiva disciplina soltanto i prodotti, ma non il loro uso. Conformemente all'articolo 6 il datore di lavoro prende le misure necessarie per evitare i rischi, valutarli e combatterli. Inoltre, la direttiva fa obbligo ai datori di lavoro di effettuare e documentare una valutazione dei rischi. Italy currently has no framework law regulating the activities of swimmers in the open sea, while it does for diving.

Can the Commission say what the existing legislation is in the various Member States? Does it think it should also regulate swimming in the open sea to prevent accidents at sea? The competence to regulate swimming in the open sea as such rests with the Member States. There is no legislation at EU level that would regulate non-occupational sea swimming or diving activities. The Commission has no comprehensive overview of Member States' rules regarding swimming in the open sea.

Regarding diving, there are voluntary European standards in place which lay down requirements for the training of both the diver and the instructor. The directive lays down requirements for the design and manufacture of such equipment and rules on its free movement in the Union. It should be noted that the directive only regulates the products, but not their usage.

Furthermore, the directive obliges employers to carry out and document a risk assessment. The directive applies to all sectors of activity, including occupational swimming and diving. De Franse consumentenbond Que Choisir heeft na onderzoek bekend gemaakt in alle 92 door hen onderzochte flessen wijn sporen van bestrijdingsmiddelen gevonden te hebben. Het ging om 33 verschillende middelen, waarvan er 7 bekend staan als kankerverwekkend. Welke maatregelen denkt de Commissie te nemen om het gebruik van bestrijdingsmiddelen ook in de wijnbouw te verminderen, zoals in vrijwel alle andere sectoren in de Europese landbouw wel gebeurt?

Indien de Commissie geen maatregelen neemt, waarom niet? Wat zijn de regels voor residulimieten van pesticiden in wijn? Vindt de Commissie ook dat het belang van de consument en de volksgezondheid voorrang heeft op het belang van de wijnsector? Franse wijnen zijn op grote schaal verontreinigd met landbouwgif. Gemiddeld zijn per fles vier soorten gif te traceren. Het gaat onder meer om stoffen die als kankerverwekkend bekend staan.

In alle 92 flessen bleken pesticiden te zitten. Zelfs twee verboden substanties, het giftige bromopropylate en het bestrijdingsmiddel carbendazim, werden aangetroffen. In deze context rijst de vraag naar de afdoendheid van de Europese wetgeving op vlak van voedselveiligheid en de mate van consumentenbescherming. De Franse consumentenbond zegt zelf zich grote zorgen te maken, omdat regelgeving vrijwel geheel ontbreekt.

Voor wijnen bestaan er, in tegenstelling tot voor veel voedsel en dranken, geen wettelijke maxima voor de hoeveelheid bestrijdingsmiddelen die er in mogen zitten. Zal de Commissie de Franse autoriteiten en de wijnsector contacteren om de resultaten te evalueren en hen aan te sporen verbeteringen aan te brengen? Is de Commissie van mening dat er maatregelen moeten worden genomen of voorstellen moeten komen om dergelijke resultaten te voorkomen? Of vindt de Commissie de huidige Europese wetgeving afdoende?

De Commissie is op de hoogte van de publicatie van de Franse consumentenbond. Dat betekent dat zowel voor druiven bestemd voor de productie van wijn als voor tafeldruiven een MRL wordt vastgesteld. Deze controles worden verricht op het onbewerkte product, zodat in geval van een overtreding dienaangaande dadelijk handhavingsmaatregelen kunnen worden genomen. De lidstaten kunnen echter nog steeds de eindproducten controleren, in voorkomend geval rekening houdend met de specifieke verwerkingsfactoren voor wijn, of in het slechtste geval ervan uitgaande dat de niveaus in wijn dezelfde zijn als die in druiven.

Zoals bekend leiden de oenologische praktijken echter tot een aanzienlijk lager gehalte aan de meeste bestrijdingsmiddelen. An investigation performed by Que Choisir , the French consumer organisation, found pesticide traces in all 92 of the wines analysed. Australia and the United States have introduced legislation in this area, but the European Union has not. What measures does the Commission intend to introduce to reduce the use of pesticides in viticulture, as is happening in almost all other sectors of European agriculture?

If the Commission is not planning to introduce such measures, why not? Why has the European Union not introduced any legislation on residue limits in wine, whereas countries such as Australia and the United States have done so? What are the rules on pesticide residue levels in wine? Does the Commission intend to present proposals to amend this legislation? Does the Commission agree that the interests of consumers and public health take precedence over the interests of the wine industry?

There is large-scale contamination of French wines with agricultural toxins. On average, four different kinds of toxin could be detected per bottle, and these included known carcinogens. Pesticides were found in all 92 bottles. Two prohibited substances — the toxic bromopropylate and the pesticide carbendazim — were even found.

One Bordeaux wine Mouton Cadet was found to contain at least 14 different varieties of agricultural toxin. In this context, the question arises as to the adequacy of European legislation in relation to food safety and the level of consumer protection. The French consumer organisation in question says that it has major concerns because there is an almost total lack of regulation. In contrast to food and drinks, there are no statutory maximum levels for pesticide content in wines. Will the Commission contact the French authorities and the wine industry in order to assess the results and urge them to bring about improvements?

Does the Commission believe that measures need to be put in place or proposals brought forward in order to prevent the recurrence of results of this kind? If so, what measures or proposals is it planning? Or does the Commission believe that the current European legislation is sufficient?

The Commission is well aware of the publication by the French consumer organisation. This includes the setting of MRLs for grapes intended for wine production as well as for table grapes. Member States are responsible for controls on wine grapes to check compliance with MRLs which makes sure that they are safe for consumers. These controls take place on the raw product for which enforcement measures can then directly be taken in case of non-compliances. Still, the Member States can control final products taking into account specific processing factors for wine where available, or assuming as a worst case that the levels in wine are the same as those in grapes.

It is however well known that oenological practices lead to considerable decreases of most pesticides. Wegens de technische problemen rond de Fyra wil de NS afzien van de aankoop van nieuwe hogesnelheidstreinen en slechts intercity's gaat inzetten op dit traject. Als deze plannen door de Nederlandse regering zouden worden goedgekeurd, blijft een groot deel van de capaciteit van het hogesnelheidsspoor onderbenut. In de Nederlandse media hebben echter berichten gecirculeerd dat andere partijen hebben aangegeven de exploitatie van hogesnelheidstreinen op dit traject te willen overnemen, zodat er in de toekomst wel hogesnelheidstreinen kunnen rijden.

Kan de Nederlandse regering, in strijd met de Europese aanbestedingsnormen, eenzijdig besluiten de NS toestemming te geven om intercity's in plaats van hogesnelheidstreinen te laten rijden over het hogesnelheidslijntraject? Dit teneinde de reiziger een hogesnelheidsverbinding met steden als Brussel, Londen of Parijs te verzekeren.

In het algemeen, hoe beoordeelt de Commissie de wijze waarop de Nederlandse staat met de aanbesteding van de HSL is omgegaan? De aanbesteding is in de afgelopen jaren meerdere keren aangepast; is dit wel eerlijk naar andere partijen die destijds buiten de boot vielen? De hsl-concessie voor de exploitatie van internationale hogesnelheidstreinen tussen Amsterdam en Brussel is gegund op basis van een concurrentiegerichte aanbestedingsprocedure op grond van Verordening EG nr. De Commissie is van mening dat een vervanging van rollend materieel voor hogesnelheidstreinen door conventioneel rollend materieel een aanzienlijke wijziging van het concessiecontract zal vormen.

Uit berichten in de pers blijkt dat tenminste twee spoorwegondernemingen concrete plannen zouden hebben voor de exploitatie van hogesnelheidsdiensten op de lijn Brussel-Amsterdam als voortzetting van diensten uit Londen. Overeenkomstig Verordening EG nr. De Commissie beschikt niet over gedetailleerde informatie over wijzigingen van de voorwaarden inzake de hsl-concessie. Because of the technical problems surrounding the Fyra high-speed train, Nederlandse Spoorwegen wants to abandon the purchase of new high-speed trains and just use intercity trains on this route.

If these plans are approved by the Dutch Government, a large proportion of the high-speed rail network's capacity will be underused. Reports have been circulating in the Dutch media about other parties who have indicated that they would be willing to take over running high-speed trains on this route, so that high-speed trains could indeed operate on the route in the future. Can the Dutch Government unilaterally decide to grant Nederlandse Spoorwegen authorisation to operate intercity trains on the high-speed rail network, instead of high-speed trains, contrary to EU public procurement regulations?

Is the Commission aware that there are parties who may wish to operate high-speed trains on this route? In general, what is the Commission's assessment of the manner in which the Dutch State has tackled tendering for the high-speed rail line? The terms of the tender have been modified several times in recent years — is this fair towards other parties who were sidelined at the time? The Commission considers that a replacement of high-speed rolling stock by conventional rolling stock would constitute a substantial amendment to the concession contract.

Information from the press indicates that at least two railway undertakings would have concrete plans to operate high-speed services on the Brussels-Amsterdam route as a continuation of services originating in London. The Commission has no substantiated information about modifications of the terms of the HSL-concession.

However, if modifications to essential provisions had been of a substantial nature, the award of a new contract might have been necessary. El Gobierno de Irak ha sido responsable de la seguridad del campo de Ashraf desde , cuando las fuerzas de los Estados Unidos en Irak le transfirieron su control. Fifty-two people were killed and seven others abducted. The attack was directed against a hundred members of the Mojahedin-e-Khalq MEK group, an organisation which opposes the regime in Tehran and is protected under the Fourth Geneva Convention.

Although the attack was immediately condemned by the international community, neither the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy nor other Western officials have called for a thorough and independent UN investigation and for more protection for the survivors of the attack and other members of the group. The European Union has merely asked the Iraqi authorities to clarify the circumstances surrounding the killings; and the UN has only asked the Government in Baghdad to carry out an impartial investigation without delay.

Does the Commission not think it should urge the UN to conduct a thorough and independent investigation into the massacre at Camp Ashraf? Under the terms of the Memorandum of Understanding between the UN and the GoI, the latter was also responsible for ensuring the safe transportation of residents to Camp Hurriya and the security of Camp Hurriya itself.

At the time she also welcomed the Government of Iraq's decision to open an enquiry into the events. Since then, she has repeatedly called on the Iraqi authorities to fulfil their responsibility and to conduct a thorough and impartial investigation into the violence. Following the attack, UNAMI conducted an on-site visit to assess the situation in Camp Ashraf, which confirmed the violence and the need for the GoI to conduct a public and impartial enquiry.

She will also continue to call on the Government of Iraq to fulfil its obligations by ensuring the safety of the residents of Camp Hurriya. To what extent do these documents take into account inclusive education and training? This report will be a product of the Thematic Working Group on Entrepreneurship Education — composed of the Commission, national governmental experts and other relevant stakeholders — and will be published in early It will report on policy-level success factors including educator development, learning outcomes, stakeholder commitment as well as curricula and pedagogies related to entrepreneurship education.

The Group has taken an inclusive approach to ensure that its work is relevant to all learners and across all sectors of education and training. While the report will not address special needs education specifically, it will nevertheless be of relevance to it. The Rethinking Education communication also mentions collaborating with the OECD on a guidance framework for entrepreneurial education institutions. El objetivo es presentar una propuesta de medidas vinculantes que combine tanto la mejora de la accesibilidad como el potencial de crecimiento para las empresas de la UE.

In view of the above, could the Commission indicate what stage the publication of the European Accessibility Act has reached, and what is its expected publication date? The Commission has carried out preparatory work to assess the impact of possible measures to improve the accessibility of goods and services in the internal market. A study has been contracted to support the gathering of socio economic data of possible measures to improve accessibility. The outcome of the study has been used for the preparation of the related Impact Assessment.

The conclusions of this meeting will complement the preparatory work of the Commission services and would allow the identification of the most appropriate measures for improving the accessibility of goods and services in the European Union. The objective is to present a proposal for binding measures that would combine both, improvement of accessibility and growth potential for EU companies.

Respuesta de la Sra. That objective can only be achieved if the Member States demonstrate a firm commitment. This initiative seeks to increase policy coordination and stimulate research in Europe. In Spain, the situation is worrisome. The situation is worsened by the fact that in Spain, the public sector largely sustains and funds the research conducted by both public and private institutions.

It does not even make use of all of the funds that the public sector places at its disposal to develop new projects, as was made evident in Does it know whether this situation also exists in other Member States? Firms in the food, automobiles and construction sectors made the strongest cuts.

In the context of the European Semester, the Commission will continue to monitor the efforts the Member States make in this direction and to propose recommendations to them as appropriate. The Ministry, headed by Ana Pastor, is currently studying the feasibility of the high-speed train station intended for the tiny hamlet of Otero de Sanabria, planned since Does the Commission take the view that the excessive sums spent on high speed in Spain, particularly these latest HST station projects, respect the new TEN-T guidelines and the cost-benefit principle?

Has the Commission received a study on the economic returns of this infrastructure and, in particular, have EU funds been involved? Does the Commission not believe that the spending is prima facie in discord with the objectives related to the protocol on the excessive deficit procedure? The Commisison is aware of the existing and planned rail network in Spain, a large part of which is designed for high-speed, including the line connecting Madrid-Valladolid to Galicia via Zamora. Railway projects compatible with high-speed in the Iberian peninsula have to be assessed for their value in bringing about interoperability in terms of UIC gauge and ERTMS signalling and control system; bearing that in mind, part of these lines will be used for freight and passenger rail transport, combining high speed and conventional rail.

The Commission does not dispose of the detail concerning railway stations in Zamora, for which no TEN-T funding has been provided, and therefore cannot express a detailed opinion on its consistency with macroeconomic stability. Concerning the abovementioned line to Galicia, however, it is worth pointing out that recently a project revision including a significant cost reduction has been announced by the Spanish Minister for Fomento.

The European Union defends democratic values which extend to the entire territory of the Union, common values within the framework of the implementation of the Union acquis and the respect for fundamental rights. Greece, with its complicated economic and social situation, is negatively affected by the existence of this organisation which, in the opinion of the political parties that I represent, contravenes the respect for democracy.

For this reason, the Commission should ask Greece to immediately outlaw the fascist organisation Golden Dawn for incitement to violence and crimes committed against human life, plurality and the respect for human rights. The Commission refers to its statement of 9 October to the European Parliament about the rise of right-wing extremism in Europe. The Commission is aware of the fact that a young musician, Pavlos Fyssas, was killed in the street in Greece.

The Commission strongly condemns all forms and manifestations of racism and xenophobia, regardless from whom they come, as they are incompatible with the values and principles on which the European Union is founded. The Commission is fully committed within the boundaries of its competences to ensure that Union legislation fully complies with the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union. According to its Article 51 1 , the provisions of the Charter are addressed to the Member States only when they are implementing Union law.

The legal framework for the organisation of national political parties is not a matter dealt with at EU level. Member States must ensure that also legal persons are liable for such conduct. The Commission is currently monitoring Member State's implementing measures and will draw up a report on this issue in the coming months. ILO's underkendelse af dens venske Laval-lov. In its opinion, the ILO notes that the social partners cannot be required to include and weigh up the interests of the right to free movement of services when assessing the proportionality of otherwise lawfully initiated industrial action.

The right to initiate industrial action is a fundamental right. Therefore, can the Commission say where in Community legislation it states that when the law relating to industrial disputes conflicts with the right to free movement of services, it must be assessed whether free movement is being restricted? Where does it state that, in this case, an assessment of the proportionality of the otherwise lawfully initiated industrial action shall be carried out? This includes both the negotiation of more favourable rates of pay and working conditions than those specified in the directive and the legislation implementing the directive minimum conditions and the representation of foreign posted workers members.

Neueste Berichte zeigen nun, dass dieses Ausbeutungssystem nicht nur in Asien, sondern auch in Europa um sich greift. Allerdings dient selbst dieses Bonussystem nur der Kontrolle und Disziplinierung der Belegschaft. Diese Standards durchzusetzen ist Aufgabe der Mitgliedstaaten. The component manufacturer Foxconn has come under substantial criticism around the world as a result of the inhumane working conditions at its production sites in China. The Apple supplier is now seen as an example of modern-day slavery.

The latest reports now show that this system of exploitation is not only found in Asia, but is also spreading through Europe. In order to make the production as profitable as possible, there is an extremely high productivity pressure and low pay. The working hours are timed in such a way that the workers are not able to speak to each other or drink or sit together. On the assembly line itself, migrant workers from poorer third countries such as Vietnam, but also from EU Member States like Bulgaria or Romania, work hour shifts night and day.

However, this bonus system itself serves only to control and discipline the workforce. In the event of individual errors or the failure to achieve the specified number of units, all workers on an assembly line have their putative bonus deducted. What specific measures does it intend to take to tackle these horrendous working conditions at European level?

What steps will it take in order to ensure compliance in the short and long term with minimum social and labour standards at national level? Is it considering introducing penalties for social and wage dumping by companies, like those already in place for anti-trust violations? What does it intend to do to better protect the rights of workers from third countries? EU labour law lays down minimum common standards regarding working conditions. Enforcing those standards is the responsibility of the Member States MS. Third-country nationals legally residing in an EU MS are granted treatment equal with that of EU nationals in certain matters, including pay, dismissal and health and safety at work.

Night workers should not work more than 8 hours per night on average, although derogations are possible. Both proposals are currently being considered by the Parliament and Council. Are Cypriot reserves included and, if so, to what extent, in long-term strategic planning under European policies on energy security and sufficiency?

Does the European Union have ways of helping the Republic of Cyprus to finance the huge investments that will be needed in order to drill for and channel these reserves to the European market, especially given the serious economic crisis which is gripping the country? However, assessing the potential impact of these reserves on Europe's security of energy supply requires a reasonable estimate of the reserves which can be exploited in a commercially viable manner. In this regard, all feasible options should be considered and assessed both from an energy security point of view and from the point of view of their relative economic costs and benefits.

This allows for potential co-funding with EU financial assistance under the Connecting Europe Facility, provided it complies with the conditions described in the regulation. Do EU Member States have access to EU funding for the purposes of a business start-ups and b travel assistance for their own nationals? What is the amount available to each Member State in the categories of a start-up funding and b travel assistance? What is the amount available per EU national for a start-up funding and b travel assistance? Supporting new businesses is a key ESF priority and the majority of Member States have included this kind of action in their programmes.

The attached table provides the breakdown by Member State. The manner of distribution and the volume of support to individuals and companies is determined by national, regional or local agencies. This includes targeting and selection procedures. In , the ESF will continue to promote employment and labour mobility through supporting self-employment, entrepreneurship and business creation.

In the light of the EFSA decision, will the Commission maintain its proposal to allow Member States to enact national bans or is this the right time to acknowledge that the opposition to GMOs is not based on scientific evidence, but is causing crop science companies to withdraw from Europe? The Commission has taken note of the ruling by the French Conseil d'Etat stating that the French moratorium imposed on growing of the genetically modified maize MON failed to uphold European Union law. The Commission considers that the recent ruling by the French Conseil d'Etat confirms the need to make progress on this legislative proposal in the co-decision procedure.

Il disinvestimento doveva avvenire, nell'ambito delle procedure di cui al regolamento CE n. Da recenti notizie di stampa sembra tuttavia che la Commissione abbia concesso ad Outokumpu fino al primo trimestre per completare la cessione delle Acciaierie di Terni. Gli aspetti essenziali delle procedure e le principali tappe del processo di disinvestimento sono ripresi nella versione non riservata degli impegni relativi al caso M. La Commissione ritiene che l'industria siderurgica svolga un ruolo cruciale nell'economia complessiva dell'Unione europea, essendo un settore strategico di primo ordine, in grado di esercitare un impatto diretto sullo sviluppo economico, sociale e ambientale di tutti gli Stati membri dell'Unione europea.

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The purpose of the divestment requested by the Commission is to ensure that there is effective competition on the European cold-rolled steel plate market. This situation is in danger of harming the competitiveness of the Terni site, which is causing serious concern to workers as well as national and local authorities, not least given the risk of reduced production volumes which will affect AST's market positioning, and given increased competition pressure owing to a lack of investment in technology and in the business organisation. According to recent press reports, however, the Commission has given Outokumpu until the first quarter of to finalise the divestment of the Terni steelworks.

What are the reasons behind the Commission granting this additional extension when it is necessary to complete the divestment procedure rapidly in order to safeguard the value of the company and the conditions for its future development? What assurances can it provide that special steel production in Terni will continue to remain a key part of EU industry and that AST will not be bought by a non-European buyer for purposes other than the prospect of enhancing and developing the site? In the interest of an orderly divestiture process, the Commission cannot comment on the details of the divestment procedure or its specific timeline.

An overview of the procedures and main steps of the divestiture process can be found in the non-confidential version of the commitments in case M. Beyond existing safeguards requested from Outokumpu and implemented in and , the Commission will continue to take all necessary measures to protect Acciai Speciali Terni's viability and competitiveness. The Commission considers the steel industry to play an instrumental role in the overall economy of the European Union and to be a strategic sector of the highest order, with a direct impact on the economic, social and environmental development of all EU Member States.

The Commission believes that a competitive and sustainable steel industry is both a condition for and a key factor in the economic recovery across Europe. Legge anti-blogger in Cina: Based on this interpretation, a year-old boy has been arrested in Gansu province. He is accused of blogging incorrect information about a news story, stating that the police were not capable of carrying out proper investigations.

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During the recent official visit to China of an EU delegation tasked with addressing the sensitive issue of respect for human rights in the country, was the above issue also discussed and, if so, what was the outcome? The Commission is also aware of the arrest of a sixteen-year old boy in Gansu province. His subsequent release appears to have been the result of public pressure. For its part, the Commission will continue to monitor the situation and raise its concern with the Chinese authorities and continue to promote the implementation of International Human Rights Law.

Attacco terroristico in un centro commerciale a Nairobi. The terrorists held civilians hostage for more than 48 hours until the special forces intervened, while the number of victims, as yet unconfirmed, stands at 62 dead, 63 missing and over injured. Is it able to provide more precise information on the number of victims, especially Europeans?

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According to the latest information received the total death toll of the attack on the Westgate Mall is 67 people, among them 9 European Citizens 6 British, 1 Dutch, and 2 French nationals. The EU is now considering different options. As Kenya's security is intrinsically linked to that of its neighbours continued efforts to stabilise the region and in particular Somalia are important. Equally important are projects to counter the financing of terrorism and violent extremism, and to strengthen the capacity of Kenyan authorities to prevent and to respond to such crises.

For these specific proposals to be sustainable, synergies will be created with the support to the governance area, and in particular to promote transparency and counter impunity. They should also be seen in the context of general EU support to promote sustainable development, which allows for the addressing of the root causes of terrorism, the most effective way to counter terrorism.

At a wider level, the Global Counter Terrorism Forum GCTF provides a good forum to coordinate counterterrorism measures in the aftermath of the attack. Momenteel onderzoekt de Commissie de omzetting van de richtlijn in de nationale wetgeving van de lidstaten. De Commissie heeft geen bijzondere risicoanalyse gevraagd. Het toezicht op de veiligheid van nucleaire installaties en het beheer van radioactief afval is een nationale bevoegdheid. Zowel controle, inspectie als dwingende maatregelen zijn taken van de nationale bevoegde autoriteiten. In dit geval leidt alle door het FANC beschikbare gestelde informatie tot het besluit dat er geen radiologische impact is op de bevolking of het milieu.

Is the Commission aware of the leaking radioactive waste in the municipalities of Dessel and Doel in Belgium? Has the Commission asked Belgium for a risk analysis with respect to the leaking radioactive waste? If so, how great is the risk? The Commission is in the process of examining the implementation in every Member State. No specific risk analysis has been requested by the Commission.

Supervision of the safety of nuclear installations and radioactive waste management is a national competence. Regulatory control and inspections, as well as enforcement actions, are the tasks of the national competent authorities. However, in this case, all information made available at this point by FANC leads to the conclusion that there is no radiological impact on the population or the environment. In haar voortgangsrapport inzake duurzame energie dat begin dit jaar verscheen, toont de Commissie duidelijk aan dat met het huidige beleid deze doelstellingen in vele lidstaten niet gehaald zullen worden.

De Commissie engageert zich in het voortgangsrapport om richtsnoeren op te stellen en inbreukprocedures op te starten wanneer lidstaten hun verplichtingen niet nagaan. In welke vorm zal dit gebeuren, hoe zal de Commissie ervoor zorgen dat de lidstaten de richtsnoeren opvolgen? Het richtsnoer van de Commissie is een werkdocument van de diensten van de Commissie dat gevoegd is bij een mededeling over het zo goed mogelijk inzetten van overheidsinterventies op de elektriciteitsmarkt.

Het werkdocument bevat de belangrijkste beginselen die de Commissie zal toepassen bij de beoordeling van staatstussenkomsten inzake steunregelingen, capaciteitsmechanismen of maatregelen die de respons op de vraag van de consumenten verzekeren. Het pakket omvat ook richtsnoeren voor het gebruik van samenwerkingsmechanismen inzake hernieuwbare energie.

Deze documenten zijn niet-bindende maatregelen. Dit pakket zal worden gepresenteerd en besproken tijdens de volgende Energieraad in december dit jaar. De Commissie ziet echter in alle lidstaten van dichtbij toe op de trajecten van de aandelen hernieuwbare energie en zal maatregelen treffen als de lidstaten niet hun verplichtingen niet nakomen. De antwoorden van de Belgische autoriteiten worden momenteel door de Commissie beoordeeld. In the Commission's progress report on renewable energy, which was published at the start of this year, the Commission stresses that these targets will not be met in many Member States without policy changes.

In the progress report, the Commission undertakes to compile guidelines and open infringement proceedings if Member States do not comply with their obligations. In what form will this happen and how will the Commission ensure that Member States comply with the guidelines? Has Belgium responded and, if so, how? The guidance from the Commission is in the form of a staff working document attached to a communication on making the most of public intervention in the electricity market which sets out the main principles which the Commission will apply when assessing state interventions relating to renewable support schemes, capacity mechanisms or measures to ensure consumer demand response.

The package includes also Guidance on the use of renewable energy cooperation mechanisms. These documents are non-binding measures. This package will be presented and discussed in the next Energy Council in December this year. The Commission is however following closely the trajectories of the renewables shares in all Member States and will take action should Member States not fulfil their obligations. The replies of the Belgian authorities are currently being assessed by the Commission.

Die Wahlen wurden in Los 2 Budget: Nicht registrierte Organisationen konnten an der Ausschreibung gemeinsam mit registrierten Antragstellern teilnehmen. Die Einreichungsfrist wurde in der Berichtigung von Die Delegation ist ihren Aufgaben in effektiver Weise nachgekommen und ist mit qualifiziertem Personal besetzt. The decision was, however, put off for over two months. At the end of July, all applicants for observer status for the presidential election, including reputable NGOs with experience of working with EU partners, received a rejection.

Regrettably, the proposals submitted under Lot 2 were, however, insufficient in numbers and quality. Non-registered organisations were able to participate in the call in partnership with registered applicants. The call calendar followed the usual procedure. The Delegation has been performing its tasks effectively and is fully equipped with skilled staff. It has also continued to increase the annual budget for support to civil society through thematic and geographical programmes. Las familias se niegan a que sus hijos e hijas sean vacunados. In several EU countries, opposition to mandatory vaccinations, such as MMR, is spreading in society and in families.

Families refuse to allow their children to be vaccinated. The number of cases of diseases like smallpox is multiplying exponentially in countries in the Union. The main reason is the refusal of families to vaccinate their children. This is largely due to them having received false or biased information about possible negative secondary effects of vaccination. This is creating a negative health situation in our societies, which may worsen in the future if appropriate measures are not taken. Does the Commission have data on the percentage of unvaccinated infants in the different countries in the European Union?