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C 82/70 EN Official Journal of the European Communities 17. 3.

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(98/C 82/119) WRITTEN QUESTION E-2402/97


by José Barros Moura (PSE) to the Commission
(10 July 1997)

Subject: The Pintasilgo report

The 1996 report of the Committee of Wise Men ‘For a Europe of Civic and Social Rights’ is an important
contribution towards the formulation of a European social policy adapted to our times which forms an integral
part of an economic policy based on competitiveness and employment and endows the citizens of Europe with
fundamental social rights.

Prominent among the raft of proposals contained in this report is the idea of a process of jointly drawing up a
modern list of civic and social rights and obligations- an idea that maintains its validity and reforming potential
beyond the contingencies of the IGC that has just been concluded in Amsterdam.

Drawing on budgetary appropriations provided with Parliament’s support, the Commission has sponsored a
series of debates throughout the Member States to publicize the report of the Committee of Wise Men.

Will the Commission provide:

1. detailed and comprehensive information on the debates that have been staged, the venues, the organizing
bodies, the type of association involved, the number of participants and their socio-professional backgrounds, the
typical profile of participants, the conclusions reached, if any, the number of copies of the report distributed and
coverage in the local media;

2. information on the follow-up given to the report, both as regards new dissemination initiatives and any
substantial impact its proposals may have had on EU social policy measures?

Answer given by Mr Flynn on behalf of the Commission


(2 October 1997)

The Commission would inform the Honourable Member that it intends bringing out a publication concerning the
various conferences organised in the Community in the first six months of 1997 to debate the report of the
Comité des Sages.

This publication will contain the conclusions and main results of the debates.

The Commission will disseminate the publication widely.

(98/C 82/120) WRITTEN QUESTION E-2404/97


by Ursula Schleicher (PPE) to the Commission
(10 July 1997)

Subject: Reducing CO2 emissions

In its answer to question E-1218/97 (1), the Commission says that Council Directive 93/76/EEC (2) of
13 September 1993 to limit carbon dioxide emissions by improving energy efficiency contains the following
provision: ‘Member States shall draw up and implement programmes so that new buildings receive effective
thermal insulation, taking a long-term view, on the basis of standards laid down by the Member States, taking
account of climatic conditions or climatic areas and the intended use of the buildings’.

Although the abovementioned answer says that the Commission will shortly be reporting on application of the
directive, I should be grateful if the following question could be answered in advance:

How many Member States have submitted such programmes?

(1) OJ C 45, 10.2.1998.


(2) OJ L 237, 22.9.1993, p. 28.
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Answer given by Mr Papoutsis on behalf of the Commission


(16 September 1997)

All the Member States have now submitted programmes on energy performance requirements for new buildings.
The requirements generally specify the level of thermal insulation to be complied with, but allow other factors to
be taken into consideration, such as internal gains, solar input and the energy efficiency of the heating
installation.

These programmes are periodically reviewed and updated in line with policy developments and technical and
scientific progress.

In addition to these provisions, the Commission has laid down an obligation to provide thermal insulation in
buildings in Directive 89/106/EEC on construction products (1), particularly in respect of the essential
requirement of energy saving.

(1) OJ L 40, 12.7.1989.

(98/C 82/121) WRITTEN QUESTION P-2412/97


by Glenys Kinnock (PSE) to the Commission
(7 July 1997)

Subject: Disclosure of interests of members of the Scientific Committee for Food

Is it the case that all members of the Scientific Committee for Food are required to declare all their interests to the
public? If so, is the Commission aware that one prominent member of the committee, who has for many years
had close links with the baby food industry, has only so far declared publicly an interest in mineral water? Does
the Commission agree that the discussion of a number of important subjects by the committee − including the
scientific aspects relating to baby food legislation − have therefore involved a conflict of interest on the part of
this member?

More generally, does the Commission not agree that establishing a comprehensive, retrospective and up-to-date
list of the interests of all members would produce a more transparent procedure, better able to avoid conflicts of
interest in the work of this committee? Does it not therefore also agree that such a system should be established as
soon as possible? In contrast, does the Commission accept that the current practice of allowing declarations of
interest to be made on an ad hoc basis is prone to abuse by members of the committee and should be abolished?
Pending reform in this area, will the Commission commit itself to releasing all information relating to members’
interests which it currently holds?

Answer given by Mrs Bonino on behalf of the Commission


(6 October 1997)

Currently, members of the scientific committee for food (SCF) are required by Article 11 of Commission
Decision 95/273/EC relating to the establishment of a scientific committee for food (1), to notify the Commission
annually, and as they occur during the work of the committee and its working groups, of interests which could
prejudice their independence.

Prior to June 1996, such declarations were made to the Commission in confidence. However SCF members
subsequently agreed voluntarily that their future declarations should be made available to the public on request.
This arrangement was however overtaken by the reorganisation of the Commission's scientific committees from
1 April 1997 which brought the need to establish a common policy for such matters and was not therefore
implemented. However, any declarations made by members relating to specific matters arising during the
plenary meetings of the committee have, since December 1996, been recorded in the minutes which are publicly
available.