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However, it is necessary to emphasise that the training of health professionals in the diagnosis of clinical
symptoms of poisoning due to consumption of meat treated with beta-agonists is a matter for the Member States.
The Commission, in the more general context of acute human poisoning, has promoted cooperation between the
Member States pursuant to Council Resolution of 3 December 1990 on improving the prevention and treatment
of acute human poisoning (2), which may be of assistance to the Member States with respect to the
aforementioned diagnosis.

(1) OJ L 125, 23.5.1996.

(2) OJ C 329, 31.12.1990.

(98/C 60/30) WRITTEN QUESTION E-1113/97

by Honório Novo (GUE/NGL) to the Commission
(24 March 1997)

Subject: Reduction of the fleet of Empresa de Pesca de Viana and Community aid

The fisheries company Empresa de Pesca de Viana (EPV) which has been in business for nearly fifty years, has
always been involved in catching and drying cod, and more recently in catching, processing and freezing a range
of types of fish.

In recent years, the company has significantly reduced its number of vessels (from 12 to 2-3) and has also made
major cuts in its workforce − from around 300 eight years ago to around 70 at present.

Now, at the beginning of this week, 39 of the above 70 have received notice that their current contracts will not be
renewed. Among the reasons given is the reduction in the size of the fleet. However, the indications are that EPV
has no plans to pay any compensation at all to the workers whom it plans to dismiss. I also have information
which suggests that the previous wave of job cuts was carried out without any redundancy payments being made.

I know for a fact that the above reduction in the number of vessels was carried out with support from Community

Exactly how many EPV vessels were decommissioned using Community cofunding? What was the total amount
of such funding?

Did the funds granted to EPV include sums specifically earmarked for a redundancy scheme designed to reduce
the number of jobs? If so, can the Commission give details of the figures?

Answer given by Mrs Bonino on behalf of the Commission

(16 May 1997)

The Commission is sending directly to the Honourable Member and to the Secretariat of Parliament data on ships
which benefited from Community aid and the amounts of aid granted.

During the period in question (1986-92), Community legislation on the granting of premiums for the permanent
laying-up of fishing vessels did not include specific funding for social measures.

(98/C 60/31) WRITTEN QUESTION E-1132/97

by Pedro Marset Campos (GUE/NGL)
and Laura González Álvarez (GUE/NGL) to the Commission
(24 March 1997)

Subject: Projected construction of a subcritical nuclear power station in Aragon, Spain

A debate has been triggered off by the prospect that an experimental electrical power project, known as an
‘energy amplifier’ − which would be an alternative to conventional systems − may be built in the region of
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The view of experts who have assessed the project is that it has not been proven safe. There is no guarantee of the
medium-term viability of the reactor and many aspects of it are uncertain or have not been tested, with all the
risks for safety and funding that this entails. The ‘amplifier’ has already been rejected by various countries and is
not supported by the world’s nuclear energy industry.

Moreover, these days the emphasis is shifting towards energy savings, efficiency and renewable energy.
1. Is the Commission aware of this project?
2. If it goes ahead, what steps will the Commission take to ensure that the competent authorities have a rigorous
study of the project carried out, with the specialist advice which would be indicated by the environmental
and public health implications, as referred to in Directive 85/337/EEC (1) on the assessment of the effect of
certain public and private projects on the environment, as well as the economic purpose of the project?
3. Has the Commission received any application for financial support for the project from the national or
regional authorities?
4. Is the Commission aware of the support which this project is said to have received from the Scientific and
Technical Committee of Euratom? Does the Commission not think that, if such support has been given,
details of it should be made available to interested persons and organizations, pursuant to Council Directive
90/313/EEC (2) on the freedom of access to information on the environment?

(1) OJ L 175, 5.7.1985, p. 40.

(2) OJ L 158, 23.6.1990, p. 56.

Answer given by Mr Papoutsis on behalf of the Commission

(11 June 1997)

1. The Commission is keeping a watchful eye on the research being carried out into ‘energy amplifier’
technology − a concept developed by Professor Carlo Rubbia, the 1984 winner of the Nobel Prize for Physics.
The Commission asked the Scientific and Technical Committee (STC, Euratom) to give its opinion on the
proposals regarding the nuclear energy amplifier: the STC delivered this opinion on 24 September 1996 and
decided to publish it on 27 January 1997. It has been sent to the printer's.

Under Article 37 of the Euratom Treaty, the Member States must ‘provide the Commission with such general
data relating to any plan for the disposal of radioactive waste in whatever form as will make it possible to
determine whether the implementation of such plan is liable to result in the radioactive contamination of the
water, soil or airspace of another Member State’.

If a plan were to take shape, the Spanish authorities would be obliged to comply with the abovementioned

2. Under Directive 85/337/EEC, nuclear power stations and other nuclear reactors are covered by Annex I to
the Euratom Treaty and, consequently, must be subjected to an environmental impact assessment in accordance
with Articles 5 to 10 of the Directive.

3. Since the Commission has not been informed of this project, it has no knowledge of any application for
financial assistance.

4. Under Directive 90/313/EEC on the freedom of access to information on the environment, the public
authorities are not obliged to provide the general public with information on a particular project. Under Article 3
of Directive 90/313/EEC, the public authorities are required to make available information relating to the
environment to any natural or legal person at his request and without his having to prove an interest.

(98/C 60/32) WRITTEN QUESTION E-1193/97

by Cristiana Muscardini (NI), Amedeo Amadeo (NI)
and Spalato Belleré (NI) to the Commission
(3 April 1997)

Subject: Supervising the archaeological heritage

Major archaeological sites in Rome have had to be closed owing to a lack of staff (a real irony given massive
unemployment), thereby endangering some of Italy’s most precious historic monuments such as the Coliseum,
the Forum, the Caracalla Baths and Palatine Hill, just at a time when the number of visitors is greater than ever
and preparations are under way for the Jubilee celebrations.