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Parliamentary questions
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15 February 2012
Question for written answer E-001859/2012
to the Commission
Rule 117
Axel Voss (PPE)

 Subject: European Schools in Brussels — geographical criteria — Berkendael
 Answer in writing (1) 
 Answer in writing (2) 

1. Has the Berkendael site been handed over to the European Schools for as long as it is needed, so that it could continue to be available beyond the 2011/2012 academic year?

2. Without reference to the general budget line — what are the precise costs to the EU budget as a whole of the school buses for the European Schools and for each schoolchild using the school bus service?

3. The Commission is responsible for expenditure on the European Schools and for the school bus costs, which are reimbursed through the education allowance. At the same time it has set itself strict environmental protection standards (cf. C(2009)6873). How can the Commission argue that it is unable to alter an enrolment policy that means that 200 buses carrying several thousand children each day do not transport their charges to the nearest European School with the appropriate language section in Brussels?

4. How can the Commission assume that parents can ‘largely take geographical criteria into account’ when choosing their preferred school, when the 2012 enrolment policy for Brussels does not provide for enrolment without priority criteria (siblings, etc.) in the EN, DE, IT and NL language sections in any school other than Laeken?

5. In order to back up its claim that parents were able to take geographical criteria into account when choosing schools in the past at least, can the Commission provide statistics regarding the percentage of enrolment applications without priority criteria (siblings, etc.) for the EN, FR, DE, IT and NL language sections in 2009, 2010 and 2011 that were actually allocated to the school of first choice?

6. Now that Belgium has a permanent government, what will the Commission do to find a solution by September 2012 for the several hundred schoolchildren who wish to continue to attend school in Berkendael in the 2012/13 academic year?

Original language of question: DEOJ C 109 E, 16/04/2013
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