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Parliamentary questions
17 August 2004
E-1813/04
WRITTEN QUESTION by Antonio Di Pietro (ALDE) to the Commission

 Subject:  Discriminatory treatment by the Max Planck Society vis-à-vis Community research students
 Answer(s) 

With reference to the Commission's reply of 23 February 2004 to Written Question E-0062/04(1) (in which the Commission requested submission of further information concerning the way in which the Max Planck Society discriminates against non-German students), the following information is provided.

That foreign students are treated differently is openly admitted by the Max Planck Society's board and central administration, both in official circulars (Rundschreiben 82/2002 and 35/2004, for example) and in letters, films and press articles (for instance, the reply issued by Mr Willems [a representative of the Max Planck Society's personnel division] to an article published in the 3 March 2004 edition of The Scientist on discrimination within the Max Planck Society).

In particular, the way in which German and foreign research students are to be treated is laid down in two separate sections of the society's internal rules (Personalhandbuch), on pages 'G02/Anlage A II d 1' and G02/Anlage B I d' respectively.

Since the Commission has already stated in its reply to Written Question E-0062/04 that such discrimination constitutes an infringement of Article 39 of the Treaty concerning equal access to jobs for all EU nationals, what specific action does the Commission intend to take in order to put a stop to such a serious injustice?

(1)OJ C

Original language of question: ITOJ C 291, 13/11/2008
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