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C 161 E/166 Official Journal of the European Union EN 10.7.


(2003/C 161 E/171) WRITTEN QUESTION P-3926/02

by Niels Busk (ELDR) to the Commission

(9 January 2003)

Subject: Production levy in France

Further to my question No. P-2720/01 (1), will the Commission provide details of the measures taken on
this matter and the grounds on which they were taken?

Can the Commission also say when a solution may be expected?

(1) OJ C 93 E, 18.4.2002, p. 179.

Answer given by Mr Fischler on behalf of the Commission

(30 January 2003)

The French authorities has sent the Commission elements of a reply on the levy on meat import into
France to be consumed there. It is still examining the measure and hopes to adopt a position very soon.
It will not fail to inform the Honourable Member of the outcome of it’s examination.

(2003/C 161 E/172) WRITTEN QUESTION P-0001/03

by Joan Colom i Naval (PSE) to the Commission

(9 January 2003)

Subject: Aid to those affected by the oil slick caused by the sinking of the oil tanker Prestige

The sinking of the oil tanker Prestige last November and the resulting oil slick undoubtedly constitute the
greatest environmental disaster in Spain’s recent history and have adversely affected thousands of people.
The European Council meeting in Copenhagen (cf. Conclusions 32, 33 and 34) expressed its regret and
grave concerns with regard to the serious accident involving the oil tanker Prestige off the north west coast
of Spain and considered that the ensuing damage to the marine and socio-economic environment and the
threat to the livelihood of thousands of people were intolerable.

What tangible aid measures to assist the people and areas affected did the Commission adopt by
31 December 2002?

What are the dates of adoption and the sums involved? When were they requested by Spain?

Do any of the aid measures constitute an amount additional to the Community budget allocations which
Spain would in any event have received in accordance with Community legislation even if the disaster had
not happened?

Answer given by Mr Barnier on behalf of the Commission

(6 February 2003)

The Commission joins the Honourable Member in expressing its solidarity with the thousands of people
affected by the Prestige accident. The Union can offer support to the Spanish authorities in dealing with
the consequences of the accident in a number of ways.

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