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Madrid on 27 June 1989’ (COM(96) 0367 final − 96/0190 CNS) (1) and the ‘Proposal for a Council Regulation
(EC) amending Regulation (EC) No 40/94 of 20 December 1993 on the Community trademark to give effect to
the accession of the European Community to the Protocol relating to the Madrid Agreement concerning the
international registration adopted at Madrid on 27 June 1989’ (COM(96) 0372 final − 96/0198 CNS) (2),

the Council adopted Regulation (EC) No 40/94 (3) on the Community trademark (henceforth ‘the Regulation’) on
20 December 1993;

the Regulation establishes the Community trademark system giving trademarks (for goods and services) unitary
protection throughout the territory of the European Community on the basis of a single application for
registration;

the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market, based in Alicante, began accepting applications for the
registration of Community trade marks on 1 January 1996 and became fully operational on 1 April 1996;

the Madrid Protocol also became operational on that date, having entered into force on 1 December 1995;

the European Community’s accession to the Protocol relating to the Madrid Agreement concerning the
international registration of marks is welcome;

the insertion of Title XIII into Council Regulation (EC) No 40/94 is welcome; will the Commission, however,
propose measures to harmonize legislation in the designs and models sector?

(1) OJ C 293, 5.10.1996, p. 11.


(2) OJ C 300, 10.10.1996, p. 11.
(3) OJ L 11, 14.1.1994, p. 1.

Answer given by Mr Monti on behalf of the Commission


(10 July 1997)

The Commission welcomes the support of the Honourable Member for the two proposals concerning the
Community's accession to the Madrid Protocol and the amendment to the Regulation on the Community
trademark giving effect to that accession.

As regards the suggestion that the Commission propose initiatives with a view to harmonising legislation in the
designs and models sector, the Commission would inform the Honourable Member that in December 1993 it
presented two proposals on this subject. The first was a proposal for a Parliament and Council Regulation on the
creation of a Community system for the legal protection of designs and models (1), the second a proposal for a
Parliament and Council Directive on the legal protection of designs and models aimed at harmonising certain
aspects of national law in this area (2). The former is currently still before Parliament awaiting an opinion. The
Council adopted a joint position on the latter on 17 June 1997. The text will be forwarded to Parliament for a
second reading.

(1) COM(93) 344.


(2) COM(93) 342.

(98/C 60/95) WRITTEN QUESTION E-1893/97


by Amedeo Amadeo (NI) to the Commission
(4 June 1997)

Subject: Integrated groundwater protection and management

With reference to the Commission ‘Proposal for a European Parliament and Council Decision on an action
programme for integrated groundwater protection and management’ (COM(96) 0315 final − 96/0181 COD) (1),

Will the Commission:


1. supplement the action plan in the framework directive on water resources with a clear definition of
respective degrees of responsibility?
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2. Develop the information and data-collection systems, in conjunction with the European Agency?
3. Provide for a series of accompanying measures, particularly with regard to informing and educating public
opinion, as well as training administrators and economic operators (in particular farmers and consumers)?

(1) OJ C 355, 25.11.1996, p. 1.

Answer given by Mrs Bjerregaard on behalf of the Commission


(22 July 1997)

The objective of the proposal for a Parliament and Council decision on an action programme for integrated
groundwater protection and management is to ensure that protection and use of groundwater takes place as part
of an integrated management of fresh water resources and that groundwaters on a long term basis will be
managed with surface waters within a river basin management approach.

In February 1997 the Commission adopted a proposal for a Council directive establishing a framework for
Community action in the field of water policy (1) which lays down the basic principles for integrated protection
and use of groundwaters and surface waters within such a river basin management approach. Whilst part of the
actions presented in the proposed groundwater action programme may be pursued through a variety of
instruments, some may be strengthened through appropriate legal provisions. The proposed water framework
directive is intended as a framework within which the protection and sustainable use of groundwater may be
ensured through such legal provisions.

1. The proposed groundwater action programme is proposed as a framework within which Member States and
the Community in close cooperation should develop the basis for sustainable groundwater protection and
management. The proposed actions are presented with a clear indication of the respective degrees of
responsibility for action at Member State and Community level. The action programme provides common
principles and an overall framework for action whilst, in accordance with the principle of subsidarity, giving
priority to action within the responsibility of Member States through specific national action programmes drawn
up by Member States. Such national action programmes will supplement the proposed groundwater action
programme as vehicles for the implementation.

2. Work is in hand to develop information and data collection systems on the state of groundwaters in the
Community in close cooperation between the Commission and the European environment agency, through the
establishment of a monitoring system for groundwater quality and quantity. This work will be adjusted as
appropriate to the needs of the proposed groundwater action programme as appropriate in order to provide the
necessary information for its implementation.

3. As part of the implementation, the proposed groundwater action programme requires plans for information
and involvement of the public and of specific user groups when drawing up and implementing national action
programmes. This provision reflects the importance of awareness of questions of a local and regional character
when action is being prepared and put into operation.

(1) COM(97) 49 final.

(98/C 60/96) WRITTEN QUESTION E-1895/97


by Amedeo Amadeo (NI) to the Commission
(4 June 1997)

Subject: Organic production of agricultural products

With reference to the ‘Proposal for a Council Regulation (EC) supplementing Regulation (EEC) No 2092/91 on
organic production of agricultural products and indications referring thereto on agricultural products and
foodstuffs to include livestock production’ (COM(96) 0366 final − 96/0205 CNS) (1), regulating organic
production with principles which are excessively vague and general risks diminishing the legal effectiveness of
the regulation.