Parliamentary question by Gianfranco Dell'Alba (ARE) to the Commission and answer given by Mrs Gradin on behalf of the Commission

Parliamentary questions
by Gianfranco Dell'Alba (ARE) to the Commission
(13 March 1997)

Subject: 1995 report from the EDMC

Having received an utterly inadequate and derisory reply to my question (E-3924/96) (1) from

Mrs Gradin, on behalf of the Commission, I am again asking the Commission:

1. is it not unacceptable that the only report produced so far by the EDMC is only available in English?
2. Is this not a serious breach of the language rules in force in the Community Institutions, which apparently do not apply to the satellite bodies?
3. Will it pay more attention to Members' questions instead of expressing "hopes" which have nothing to do with the instrument of the parliamentary question?

(1) OJ C 186 of 18.6.1997, p. 133.

Answer given by Mrs Gradin
on behalf of the Commission
(24 April 1997)

The Commission would remind the Honourable Member that the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) is a decentralized Community agency. Its Management Board is responsible, among others, for the language versions of the annual report on the drugs situation. The Board comprises representatives of the Member States, the Commission and two scientists designated by Parliament (1).

Through its representatives on the Management Board, the Commission makes known that it attaches great importance to preparation of the annual report as soon as possible after the end of the reference year and to its publication in the eleven official languages.

(1) Council Regulation (EEC) No 302/93, 3.2.1993.