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C 60/48 EN Official Journal of the European Communities 25. 2.

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Answer given by Mr Fischler on behalf of the Commission


(18 June 1997)

The Spanish veterinary authorities confirmed on 17 April 1997 two outbreaks of classical swine fever in the
province of Lerida. The infected pigholdings were depopulated and disease control measures were introduced
within the framework of the provisions of Council Directive 80/217/EC introducing Community measures for
the control of classical swine fever. In spite of these measures the disease had on 23 April been confirmed on a
total of 10 pigholdings. With the objective to confine the disease to a limited geographical area the Commission
adopted on 30 April 1997 Decision 97/285/EC concerning certain protection measures relating to classical swine
fever in Spain. This bans the movement of live pigs from a region consisting of 5 comarcas (communes) to other
Member States. The ban does not refer to pigmeat or pigmeat products.

The Commission has not been informed about a Portuguese unilateral ban on import of pigmeat products from
Catalonia, but an investigation has been initiated.

(98/C 60/76) WRITTEN QUESTION E-1828/97


by Alfonso Novo Belenguer (ARE) to the Commission
(28 May 1997)

Subject: Rice imports − cumulative recovery system

By Council Decision 95/591/EC (1) the European Union concluded an agreement in the form of an exchange of
letters with the United States of America on cereals and rice. Under that agreement, a cumulative recovery
system (CRS) was introduced for husked rice on a trial basis for a one-year period. Commission Regulation (EC)
No 703/97 (2) introducing the cumulative recovery system has recently been published.

Bearing in mind that the application of the CRS will involve taking account of each import, each consignment
and each invoice, that the price on which calculations are to be based will be that on each invoice and that
systematic fraud in the handling of invoices might be expected, how will the Commission be able to detect
fraudulent acts on the basis of invoices?

What measures will the Commission apply in order to prevent possible abuse and fraudulent acts?

(1) OJ L 334, 30.12.1995, p. 25.


(2) OJ L 104, 22.4.1997, p. 12.

Answer given by Mr Fischler on behalf of the Commission


(27 June 1997)

The cumulative recovery system (CRS) for husked rice established by Regulation (EC) No 703/97 includes
provision, at the end of the trial period, for an assessment of the operation of the import arrangements based on
reference import prices.

To achieve this objective and to ensure that the system applied is reliable, effective and fraudproof, the CRS
includes a number of specific features of organization, procedure and checking and provides the national
authorities with adequate powers of assessment.

(98/C 60/77) WRITTEN QUESTION E-1829/97


by Alfonso Novo Belenguer (ARE) to the Commission
(28 May 1997)

Subject: Rice imports − cumulative recovery system

By Council Decision 95/591/EEC (1) the European Union concluded an agreement in the form of an exchange of
letters with the United States of America on cereals and rice. Under the agreement, a cumulative recovery system
(CRS) was introduced for husked rice on a trial basis for a one-year period. The Commission Regulation (EC)
No 703/97 (2) introducing the cumulative recovery system has recently been published.
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Bearing in mind that the above agreement adversely affects the interests of EU rice-producing countries, since it
will facilitate massive imports of non-Community rice at low prices, which in turn will lead to a general fall in
rice prices on the Community market, what compensatory measures will the Commission apply in order to
reduce the negative impact which this arrangement will have on rice-producing countries and regions in the
European Union?

(1) OJ L 334, 30.12.1995, p. 25.


(2) OJ L 104, 22.4.1997, p. 12.

Answer given by Mr Fischler on behalf of the Commission


(27 June 1997)

Under the cumulative recovery system (CRS) for husked rice the difference will be determined between the sum
of the import duties determined in line with Regulation (EC) No 703/97 and the sum of those actually charged on
release of the rice for free circulation and the under or over payment adjusted accordingly.

Since the calculation results will not be known until the end of the trial period the fact that the CRS will have on
rice imports cannot be known in advance. The Commission will attentively monitor the working of the system
and its impact on imports.

(98/C 60/78) WRITTEN QUESTION E-1830/97


by Carlos Carnero González (GUE/NGL) to the Commission
(28 May 1997)

Subject: Implementation of URBAN in Toledo (Spain)

Toledo is one of the Spanish cities which have benefited from the first phase of the URBAN programme
(1994-99). The Commission is well aware of the significant role played by Parliament in the creation of this
community initiative programme, which addresses the specific problems of urban areas in the European Union. It
is therefore natural that Parliament should concern itself with the consolidation of such initiatives and ensure that
they are implemented in line with Community legislation.

It has recently come to my notice that a coordinating committee has been set up in the city of Toledo in support of
the URBAN programme, and that it has expressed some criticism regarding the city council’s implementation of
the programme. The committee comprises the collectives involved in drawing up and submitting the project,
which now find not only that the objectives for which they were established have not been achieved but also that
they have been relegated to monitoring the programme’s implementation.

Is the Commission aware of the existence of this coordinating committee and its criticism of the programme’s
implementation? If so, what are its views on this criticism? Will it seek the opinions of the national and local
government and the coordinating committee on this subject?

Can the Commission say whether the publication of an information bulletin on URBAN, to which
PTA 21 million have been allocated and from which the neighbourhood groups involved in the programme’s
implementation have been excluded, represents one of the measures eligible for subsidy?

Finally, can the Commission clarify the role of the social and economic partners in the various phases of the
programme’s implementation, and can it say whether the ban on the participation of certain groups might
represent a breach of the provisions of Regulation No 2081/93 (1) on the structural funds?

(1) OJ L 193, 31.7.1993, p. 5.