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29.11.

1999 EN Official Journal of the European Communities C 341/137

Answer given by Mr Kinnock on behalf of the Commission

(19 April 1999)

The Commission would refer the Honourable Member to the reply it gave to Oral Question H-159/99 by
Mr Watson during question time at Parliament’s March 1999 part-session (1).

(1) Debates of the Parliament (March 1999).

(1999/C 341/193) WRITTEN QUESTION E-0646/99


by Ian White (PSE) to the Commission

(16 March 1999)

Subject: Tax on the employment of foreign nationals

Is the Commission aware that in the world of German theatre, a tax on the employment of foreign nationals
appears to be paid at a rate of 20 %. Can the Commission confirm that this is the case and does it accept that
such practice is therefore discriminatory against other EU citizens within the Federal Republic of Germany?

Answer given by Mr Monti on behalf of the Commission

(19 April 1999)

The Commission is collecting the information it needs to answer the question. It will communicate its findings
as soon as possible.

(1999/C 341/194) WRITTEN QUESTION P-0651/99


by Johannes Blokland (I-EDN) to the Commission

(9 March 1999)

Subject: Problems concerning the Prins Maurits ‘Open Christianity’ school in St Petersburg (Russia)

1. Is the Commission aware of the attempts by the authorities in St Petersburg to shut down the ‘Open
Christianity’ school?

2. Can the Commission confirm that the local authorities and the police are intimidating the staff and
pupils of this school? What are the underlying reasons?

3. Is the EU in contact with the authorities in St Petersburg? Are there, or have there been, any contacts
between the EU and the management of ‘Open Christianity’?

4. Is the Commission prepared to make known to the Russian government its concern at the action of the
local authorities in St Petersburg? Will the Commission inform Parliament of the Russian government’s
response?

5. What can be done, in the Commission’s opinion, to prevent the closure of the ‘Open Christianity’ school?

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

(29 March 1999)

The Delegation of the Commission in Russia has followed the developments around the ‘Open Christianity’
school in St. Petersburg. The school has just been vacated, apparently as a consequence of problems with the
leasing of the premises. The status of the lease contract is somewhat vague.