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EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT

WRITTEN QUESTIONS WITH ANSWER

(98/C 60/01) WRITTEN QUESTION P-1305/96


by Johanna Maij-Weggen (PPE) to the Commission
(22 May 1996)

Subject: Arrest of four journalists in Turkey

1. Is the Commission aware of the fact that in the night of 3 May, four Turkish journalists on the Turkish
weekly ‘Alinteri’, namely Sabiha Budak, Filiz Uziurk, Mehtap Kuruçay and Incigul Basel, were arrested?

2. Is the Commission aware that Incigul Basel was later taken to a hospital, and that it was there suspected that
she had been tortured?

3. Is the Commission aware that the whereabouts of the other three journalists are unknown, and that it has
frequently happened in the past that Turkish citizens who have been arrested have subsequently disappeared?

4. Will the Commission now act promptly to ask the Turkish authorities for clarification of these arrests,
having regard in particular to Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which has been
transposed into Turkish law and guarantees freedom of expression?

Supplementary answer
given by Mr Van den Broek on behalf of the Commission
(30 May 1997)

Following the question from the Honourable Member the Commission wrote to the Turkish authorities for
particulars on the facts reported. The Turkish authorities informed the Commission that the four journalists from
the daily newspaper ‘Alinteri’ were released on 17 May 1996.

The Human Rights Foundation, Ankara, has confirmed this to the Commission’s Representation in the country.

(98/C 60/02) WRITTEN QUESTION E-2394/96


by Hiltrud Breyer (V) to the Commission
(6 September 1996)

Subject: Decision 94/730/EC establishing simplified procedures concerning the deliberate release into the
environment of genetically modified plants

With reference to the answer to my Written Question E-1651/96 (1) can the Commission answer the following
questions:
1. What is the origin of the Member States’ obligation to provide ‘appropriate public information’ in the
context of simplified procedures too?
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2. Where is the definition of ‘appropriate information’ in the context of the simplified procedure to be found?
3. What is the appropriate timescale for and scope of the information given to the population concerned by
virtue of the first sentence of Article 1(1) of Directive 90/220/EEC (2) in the case of simplified procedures
and from which provision are they derived?
4. When and to what extent is the population informed under the procedure in accordance with points 6.1. and
7. of the Annex to Decision 94/730/EEC (3) in respect of points 7.1. and 7.2.
5.(a) Where and how often has cauliflower been released?
5.(b) How is sufficient experience proven?

(1) OJ C 345, 15.11.1997, p. 92.


(2) OJ L 117, 8.5.1990, P. 15.
(3) OJ L 292, 12.11.1994, p. 31.

(98/C 60/03) WRITTEN QUESTION E-2395/96


by Hiltrud Breyer (V) to the Commission
(6 September 1996)

Subject: Decision 94/730/EC establishing simplified procedures concerning the deliberate release into the
environment of genetically modified plants − legislative status

1. Are the contents of the Annex to Decision 94/730/EC (1) to be understood as a suggestion to the Member
States to which they are addressed, in accordance with Article 1(5) and Article 2(2) of Decision 93/584/EEC (2)
and Article 4(1) and (3), the first sentence of Article 5 and Article 7 of Directive 90/220/EEC (3) or as binding
within the meaning of Article 189(4) of the EC Treaty?

2. Does Decision 94/730/EC set out the criteria for a simplified procedure or does it constitute a simplified
procedure itself?

3. If it sets out the criteria,


(a) how was the transposition of the criteria for simplified procedures ascertained by the Commission, the
Council of Ministers and Parliament?
(b) what possibilities are there for monitoring?

4. If it constitutes a procedure in itself,


(a) how was the introduction and transposition ascertained by the Commission, the Council of Ministers and
Parliament?
(b) what possibilities are there for monitoring?

(1) OJ L 292, 12.11.1994, p. 31.


(2) OJ L 279, 12.11.1993, p. 42.
(3) OJ L 117, 8.5.1990, p. 15.

(98/C 60/04) WRITTEN QUESTION E-2396/96


by Hiltrud Breyer (V) to the Commission
(6 September 1996)

Subject: Decision 94/730/EC establishing simplified procedures concerning the deliberate release into the
environment of genetically modified plants − Article 145 of the EC Treaty

1. Why did the Commission contravene Article 145 of the EC Treaty in Decision 94/730/EC (1)?

2. Does the Commission agree that there has been an infringement of the Treaty?

3. If not, what justification can it offer?

(1) OJ L 292, 12.11.1994, p. 31.