WRITTEN QUESTION P-2283/99by Richard Howitt (PSE) to the Commission
(24 November 1999)Subject:
Marketing practicesCould the Commission please indicate whether any of its delegations have received complaints about theimplementation by local or national authorities or by NGOs of the Council Resolution of 18 June 1992 onthe marketing of breast-milk substitutes in third countries by Community-based manufacturers(
) and, inparticular, paragraph 2 and paragraph 5 thereof?
) OJ C 172, 8.7.1992, p. 1.
Answer given by Mr Liikanen on behalf of the Commission
(16 December 1999)
Council Resolution of 18 June 1992 on the marketing of breast-milk substitutes in third countries by Community-based manufacturers(
) states that the Community will contribute to the application of appropriate marketing practices for breast-milk substitutes in third countries. In accordance with para-graph 2 of that Resolution, the Commission has instructed its delegations in third countries to serve ascontact points for the competent authorities and receive any complaints or criticisms with respect to themarketing practices of a manufacturer established in the Community.The Commission delegations have not to date received any complaints in the context of the Resolutionfrom competent authorities of third countries. On one occasion a delegation received criticisms from aconsumer organisation of a third country.
) OJ C 172, 8.7.1992.
WRITTEN QUESTION P-2285/99by Mikko Pesälä (ELDR) to the Council
(29 November 1999)Subject:
Use of material classified as waste in FinlandThe Commission’s proposed directive on the incineration of waste will give rise to serious problems inFinland. The proposed directive is drawn up with countries in mind in which waste management is basedon mass incineration units. However, in complying with the directive Finland would be forced into asituation which would be in conflict with environmental efficiency.According to industry’s own estimates there are at least 200 heating and power generation plants andindustrial furnaces in Finland in which it is possible to safely co-incinerate harmless materials classified aswaste. In addition to wood these include paper which is unsuitable for recycling for one reason or another,cardboard, textiles and harmless sludge from industrial processes. In our industries the materials classifiedas waste which are suitable for incineration are sorted at the place of origin in just the same way, mutatismutandis, as in the household and commercial sectors. In this way it is ensured that no more harmfulemissions arise from incineration than from ordinary fuels. The incineration plants are also efficiently supervised.The application of such limit values to plants which incinerate harmless materials classified as waste as anadditional fuel is very problematic, if only because the continuous measurement of emissions is expensiveand calls for high investments in measuring equipment. In Finland the long transport distances favour theuse of small plants. Costs could well rise to such an extent that the use of waste as an additional fuel willcease to be profitable.1.8.2000 EN C219E/139Official Journal of the European Communities