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Document 91998E002434

WRITTEN QUESTION No. 2434/98 by Friedhelm FRISCHENSCHLAGER to the Commission. EU delegation in Bratislava - appointment of a delegation head

OJ C 96, 8.4.1999, p. 96 (ES, DA, DE, EL, EN, FR, IT, NL, PT, FI, SV)

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91998E2434

WRITTEN QUESTION No. 2434/98 by Friedhelm FRISCHENSCHLAGER to the Commission. EU delegation in Bratislava - appointment of a delegation head

Official Journal C 096 , 08/04/1999 P. 0096


WRITTEN QUESTION E-2434/98

by Friedhelm Frischenschlager (ELDR) to the Commission

(30 July 1998)

Subject: EU delegation in Bratislava - appointment of a delegation head

Relations between the EU and the Republic of Slovakia are of particular importance not only in the general context of enlargement, but also in relation to the quality of the democratic system, respect for human rights and the rights of minorities, questions of nuclear safety, etc.

The office of the EU delegation in Bratislava, and particularly its head, are of particular importance when it comes to cooperation with the Slovakian authorities and pursuing efficiently the interests of the EU and its Member States. Despite its importance, the post of head of the EU delegation in Bratislava has now been vacant for over a year, although the Commission's appointing policy usually aims to replace delegation heads either immediately or at least very quickly.

Is it correct that, because of an intervention by Austria, the internal Commission procedure to advertise the post of head of the EU delegation in Bratislava, which should have been completed in September 1997, was stopped?

Is it correct that the Commission undertook at that time to appoint an Austrian to the position?

Is it correct that Austria dragged, or is still dragging, its heels over the selection of a suitable candidate? If so, does the Commission know why Austria has so far failed to put forward a final candidate for the position, or why it has been so slow to do so?

If the answer to the above questions is only a partial "yes", or "no", what are the reasons for the unseemly delay in appointing the EU ambassador to Bratislava?

Answer given by Mr van den Broek on behalf of the Commission

(15 September 1998)

The post of head of delegation in Bratislava was originally published internally in the Commission.

In the framework of the recruitment of officials for the three Member States that joined the Community in 1995, the post of head of delegation was subsequently earmarked for an Austrian citizen.

In the framework of the procedures established for such cases, the Commission has examined a number of Austrian candidates and is on the point of designating the successful candidate.

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