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98 EN Official Journal of the European Communities C 60/81

The advantages of open information networks are incontestable, but clear ground-rules should be laid down
concerning the input of information in order to facilitate supervision with a view to protecting Internet users.
What will the Commission do to develop a more effective preliminary screening system in order to prevent
damaging information from being placed on the Internet and to call to account more effectively those who
disseminate such information or attempt to do so?

Answer given by Mr Bangemann on behalf of the Commission

(31 July 1997)

The Honourable Member is referred to the Commission’s answers to recent written questions to this topic, in
particular P-572/97 by Mrs Plooij-van Gorsel (1), E-3041/96 by Mr Kaklamanis (2), P-2792/96 by Mr Hallam (3),
E-2663/96 by Mr Amadeo (4), E-2550/96 by Mr Amadeo (5), P-2479/96 by Mrs Plooij-van Gorsel (6), P-2458/96
by Mrs Crepaz (7).

The Commission is actively pursuing these issues. The Honourable Member is, in particular, referred to the
communication on illegal and harmful content on the Internet (8) and the green paper on the protection of minors
and human dignity in new audiovisual and information services (9), both adopted on 16 October 1996, the
working party report on illegal and harmful content on the Internet submitted to the Council held on
28 November 1996, the Council Resolution on illegal and harmful content on the Internet adopted on 17 February
1997 (10), the interim report on initiatives in Member States with respect to combating illegal and harmful content
on the Internet, submitted to the Council on 27 June 1997, the report to the Council of 30 June 1997 on the
follow-up to the green paper and the communication from the Commission of 16 April 1997 to the Council, the
Parliament, the Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions − A European initiative in
electronic commerce (11).

On the basis of the various analyses referred to above the Commission is currently preparing various means of
preventing the broadcasting or placing on the internet of illicit, damaging material. Examples of these are a draft
Council recommendation and an action plan on information-society networks. In addition one of the follow-ups
to the Commission's communication entitled ‘A European initiative in electronic commerce’ referred to above is
currently in preparation in the form of a communication to the Parliament, Council, Economic and Social
Committee and Committee of the Regions for the purpose of ensuring security and confidence in electronic

(1) OJ C 217, 17.7.1997.

(2) OJ C 91, 20.3.1997.
(3) OJ C 83, 14.3.1997, p. 68.
(4) OJ C 83, 14.3.1997, p. 45.
(5) OJ C 83, 14.3.1997, p. 24.
(6) OJ C 60, 26.2.1997, p. 92.
(7) OJ C 60, 26.2.1997, p. 87.
(8) COM(96) 487 final.
(9) COM(96) 483 final.
(10) OJ C 70, 6.3.1997.
(11) COM(97) 157.

(98/C 60/117) WRITTEN QUESTION E-2030/97

by Susan Waddington (PSE) to the Commission
(13 June 1997)

Subject: Information task force − actions targeted towards women

Of the total 1996 expenditure on information actions targeted at women, what amount and what percentage of
total expenditure was received by each of the fifteen Member States?

Answer given by Mr Oreja on behalf of the Commission

(30 July 1997)

The total expenditure on information actions targeted at women in 1996 was ECU 1 579 367. ECU 1 420 862
(89,96%) were spent on the financing of central activities benefiting all Member States, and therefore it is
impossible to calculate individual spending for each Member State.
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The remaining ECU 158 505 were spent by representations of the Commission in the Member States for specific
information for women, in the following ways:

% of representations’
specific expenditure

Belgium 25,700 16.21

Denmark 28,282 17.84
Germany 36,864 23.25
Spain 7,500 4.73
France 1,950 1.23
Ireland 22,545 14.22
Austria 17,300 10.91
Portugal 18,364 11.58

(98/C 60/118) WRITTEN QUESTION E-2031/97

by Jesús Cabezón Alonso (PSE) and Juan Colino Salamanca (PSE) to the Commission
(13 June 1997)

Subject: Free movement of goods within the European Union

In May 1997 there were many incidents in France involving attacks on non-French lorries transporting fruit and
vegetables. The attacks also occurred in warehouses and markets.

The French police took no action while these incidents were occurring, nor did the French authorities make any
serious attempt to try to prevent the attacks.

What is the Commission’s reaction to these clear, repeated attempts to hamper the free movement of persons and

Answer given by Mr Fischler on behalf of the Commission

(1 July 1997)

The Commission would refer the Honourable Members to its answer to Written Question P-1992/97 by
Mr Garcı́a-Margallo y Marfil (1).

(1) OJ C 45, 10.2.1998, p. 137.

(98/C 60/119) WRITTEN QUESTION E-2033/97

by Roberta Angelilli (NI) to the Commission
(13 June 1997)

Subject: Alitalia restructuring plan

For the past year or so, under the procedure laid down in Articles 92 and 93 of the Treaty of Rome, the
Commission has been considering the restructuring plan for the Italian airline, Alitalia, which consists mainly of
a capital transfer estimated to be worth over LIT 3 100 billion, LIT 1 500 billion of which is to be provided by IRI,
the state holding company which has a 90% stake in Alitalia.