Synopsis n° 2001/090

7 September 2001


The Committee on Culture, Science and Education meeting in Paris on 5 September 2001 with Mr Rakhansky in the chair:

·        paid tribute to Mr Urbanczyk, Member of the Committee since 1997 and Vice-Chairman of the Sub-Committee on the Media, who had died tragically in Greece on 7 August, and took note that its Chairman had already conveyed its sympathy to the Polish Delegation;

·        appointed Mr Baciu (Romania, SOC) to replace Mr Ivanov as Rapporteur on higher education in South-East Europe, approved a report and adopted unanimously a draft recommendation;

·        approved a report and adopted a draft recommendation on the European Year of Languages (Rapporteur: Mr Legendre, France, EDG) presented by Mr Billing and agreed to invite the European Parliament Rapporteur to its meeting on the European Day of Languages (26 September 2001);

·        approved its contribution to the OECD debate presented by the Rapporteur, Mr Varela i Serra (Spain, LDR);

·        heard a presentation by Mr Hans-Wolf Rissom, representing the Director General of Unesco, and held an exchange of views on international cooperation in the field of education;

·        held an exchange of views on the draft programme for its meeting in Armenia;

·        appointed the following rapporteurs:

-         Mr Abbasov (Azerbaijan, EDG) on the cultural situation in the Caucasus;

-         Mr O’Hara (United Kingdom, SOC) on scientific and technological contributions to the improvement of public health;

-     Strasbourg, during the coming part-session (24-28 September)

-         Yerevan, 22-24 October

-         Paris, 11 December

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The Sub-Committee on Science and Ethics meeting in Paris on 4 September 2001 with Mr Birraux in the chair:

·        heard a presentation on orphan diseases, by Mr Alastair Kent, Chairman of the European Alliance of Patient and Parent Organisations for Genetic Services and Innovation in Medicine, held an exchange of views and decided to propose Mr O’Hara as Rapporteur ;

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The Sub-Committee on the Media meeting in Paris on 5 September 2001 with Mrs Isohookana-Asunmaa in the chair:

·        discussed an approved an action plan presented by the General Rapporteur on the Media, Mr Hegyi, and instructed him to write to the heads of the parliamentary delegations of Azerbaijan, Russia and Ukraine in order to express concern about recent events in the media field in these countries;


C. Grayson, J. Ary, B. Theophilova, B. Torcătoriu