16. 4. 98Official Journal of the European CommunitiesFinally, the Honourable Member raises a problem that many insurance companies in the United Kingdom refuseto issue green cards for left-hand drive cars. This implies that they refuse to conclude an insurance contract withdrivers owning cars of this type. Insurers assess risks in the light of information at their disposal, including theprobability of an event occurring and the seriousness of the risk. In this context, and in conformity with theprinciple of contractual freedom, insurers may reject offers from clients who represent a very high risk. In fact,cars not responding to British specifications could be considered a serious risk for British insurers. Britishinsurers are free to develop their commercial policy in that direction and to refuse to conclude an insurancecontract or levy additional charges on their clients owning left-hand drive cars.
) OJ L 129, 19.5.1990.
WRITTEN QUESTION E-2724/97by Daniel Varela Suanzes-Carpegna (PPE) to the Commission
(1 September 1997)Subject:
Statements by the Commission President in relation to Spanish-British joint fishing venturesAt Parliament’s sitting of 26 June 1997 Mr Santer stated, in relation to the letter sent by the CommissionPresident to the British Prime Minister on the subject of Spanish-British joint fishing ventures, that Mrs Bonino,the Commissioner responsible, and he himself had taken care to ensure that the Spanish authorities were alwayskept informed of contacts with the British authorities (Verbatim report of proceedings, 26 June 1997, p. 31).Can the Commission say on what dates, by what means and through whom the Commission has kept the Spanishauthorities informed of the contacts between the Commission and the British authorities on the subject of investment from other Member States in the British fishing industry?
Answer given by Mrs Bonino on behalf of the Commission
(6 October 1997)
The Commission can confirm that the Spanish authorities have been kept aware of developments in the matter towhich the Honourable Member refers, including its contacts with the United Kingdom authorities.This information has been supplied by the means normally used for contacts between the Commission and theMember States, principally the Office of the Permanent Representative of Spain to the European Union.(98/C 117/67)
WRITTEN QUESTION E-2725/97by Ria Oomen-Ruijten (PPE) to the Commission
(1 September 1997)Subject:
Municipal elections1. Can the Commission confirm that it is possible for European citizens to stand as candidates at municipalelections in the Netherlands even though they are not resident in that country?2. Can it indicate the extent to which this tallies with Article 8b of the EC Treaty which lays down that: ‘Everycitizen of the Union residing in a Member State of which he is not a national shall have the right to vote and tostand as a candidate at municipal elections in the Member State in which he resides, under the same conditions asnationals of that State’.