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C 196/72
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22. 6. 98Official Journal of the European Communities(98/C 196/98)
WRITTEN QUESTION E-4078/97by Monica Baldi (UPE) to the Commission
(14 January 1998)Subject:
Anti-Italian previews on Channel FourThe anti-Italian previews of the Italy-Russia football match recently broadcast on the British television channel,Channel Four were a serious affront to our country and an incitement to intolerance and violence.What action does the Commission intend to take to prevent the media from violating the principles of peace andtolerance on which the EU is based and that of respect for the national identities of its Member States enshrinedin Article F of the Common Provisions of the TEU?
Answer given by Mr Oreja on behalf of the Commission
(24 February 1998)
The Commission was not aware of the transmission by Channel 4 in the United Kingdom of the trailersmentioned by the Honourable Member. It immediately took the matter up with the British authorities. They haveinformed the Commission that such matters are regulated in the United Kingdom by the Independent televisioncommission (ITC) which is responsible for applying those national rules that implement Directive 97/36/EC of the Parliament and of the Council of 30 June 1997 amending Council Directive 89/552/EEC on the coordinationof certain provisions laid down by law, regulation or administrative action in Member States concerning thepursuit of television broadcasting activities (the television without frontiers directive) which provides the legalframework at Community level for broadcasting activities (
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). Also, the Broadcasting standards commission(BSC) investigates complaints under its code of practice, to which all British broadcasters adhere. Both thesebodies have investigated the matter and have come to the conclusion that, although the trailers were a poorattempt at humour, they did not constitute a breach of the taste and decency regulations according to UnitedKingdom standards. It should be noted that the trailers were only broadcast for the first match and were notrepeated for the second match. Furthermore, there has been correspondence between the British minister withresponsibility for sports and the president of the Italian national olympic committee which is in charge of sportsin Italy, in which the British minister states that he wholeheartedly agrees that material should not be broadcastwhich can be seen as advocating inappropriate attitudes among spectators of international games. In thecircumstances, the Commission believes that although this incident was unfortunate, it does not appear toconstitute a breach of Community law and it is confident that it will not be repeated.
(
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) OJ L 202, 30.7.1997.
(98/C 196/99)
WRITTEN QUESTION P-4079/97by Georg Jarzembowski (PPE) to the Commission
(18 December 1997)Subject:
Ground-handling servicesThe Council decided on 15 October 1996 to adopt Directive 96/67/EC (
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) on access to the ground-handlingmarket at Community airports. Pursuant to Article 23 of the directive, the deadline for transposing it into nationallaw is no later than one year from the date of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Communities.This deadline expired on 26 October 1997. The directive aims to open up ground-handling services tocompetition after decades of near-monopoly conditions at airports and to allow market access to new suppliers.Against this background, can the Commission say:1. Which Member States have transposed the directive into national law, by the deadline or to date?2. Has it already verified whether the legislation of the Member States which have transposed it is actually inline with the directive’s provisions? If so, what was the result? If not, when will it do so?

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