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C 310/30 EN Official Journal of the European Communities 9. 10.

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Answer given by Mr Fischler on behalf of the Commission


(5 March 1998)

Since Andorra is not a Member State, its tobacco production is not covered by the common organisation of the
market in raw tobacco and therefore receives no Community aid.

(98/C 310/34) WRITTEN QUESTION E-0157/98


by Mihail Papayannakis (GUE/NGL) to the Commission
(2 February 1998)

Subject: Repairs to the Corinth Canal

The Corinth Canal is one of the greatest technical feats in the world and extremely important for the Greek
economy. Being 100 years old, it naturally requires a great deal of maintenance work.

Following a collapse in the walls on 18 December 1997, the canal was closed for a lengthy period. The cost of
repairs is put at Drs 30 billion. Is there any possibility of Union funding for these repairs and have the Greek
authorities submitted a request to that effect?

Answer given by Mrs Wulf-Mathies on behalf of the Commission


(4 March 1998)

The Commission has not received any application for financing of the work to which the Honourable Member
refers.

However, the Greek authorities can submit such an application following the procedures provided for in the
Community support framework (CSF). The Commission is prepared to examine all financing possibilities in
partnership with the Greek authorities, subject to the availability of funds under the CSF.

(98/C 310/35) WRITTEN QUESTION E-0158/98


by Mihail Papayannakis (GUE/NGL) to the Commission
(2 February 1998)

Subject: Olive oil production

As the information given by the Greek authorities is not clear, would the Commission provide me with
information concerning the production of olive oil in Greece and the other Member States?

Answer given by Mr Fischler on behalf of the Commission


(4 March 1998)

The olive oil production estimates provided by the Member States are disputed and the Commission has asked
the Court of Auditors to examine the matter. The production entitled to aid according to the Member States’
figures is given in the table below.

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