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at least two Member States. Although the ultimate responsibility for dealing with crimes related to child
pornography rests with the individual Member State, the EDU will play an important role also in this field.

(1) OJ L 63, 4.3.1997.


(2) COM(96) 487 final.
(3) OJ L 342, 31.12.1996.

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by Luis Campoy Zueco (PPE) to the Commission
(19 June 1997)

Subject: ERDF actions in Navarra

Will the Commission provide a breakdown of the actions funded from the ERDF (European Regional
Development Fund) in the Community of Navarra in 1995 and 1996?

Answer given by Mrs Wulf-Mathies on behalf of the Commission


(11 September 1997)

In view of the length of its answer, the Commission is sending it direct to the Honourable Member and to
Parliament’s Secretariat.

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by Concepció Ferrer (PPE) to the Commission
(19 June 1997)

Subject: Cultural heritage project in the framework of the Euro-Mediterranean partnership

In its communication to the Council and the European Parliament, Progress report on the Euro-Mediterranean
Partnership and preparations for the Second Conference of Foreign Affairs Ministers in Malta on 15 and 16 April
1997 (COM(97) 68 final), in the section of the report dealing with the measures taken under the third pillar of the
Barcelona Declaration (social, cultural and human partnership), the Commission highlights the fact that an
agreement has been adopted on an initial list of 17 projects in the field of cultural heritage, on the basis of the
principles established at the ministerial meeting on the subject held in Bologna in April 1996.

Will the Commission say whtat these programmes are, what the objective of each programme is, what
institutions or bodies they involve and how much has been allocated to each programme?

Will it also give details of the principles established at the ministerial meeting in Bologna and which served as the
basis for agreement on the initial list of programmes?

Answer given by Mr Marı́n on behalf of the Commission


(29 July 1997)

Cultural heritage was the subject of the first ministerial conference under the Euro-Mediterranean partnership
since the Barcelona Conference. The 27 ministers of culture of the Community and its Mediterranean partners
gathered in Bologna on 21 and 22 April last year to discuss the enhancement of Euro-Mediterranean cultural
heritage.

The ministers approved a declaration setting out a number of priority areas for cooperation. These included
knowledge of cultural heritage through the dissemination of information and campaigns to heighten awareness
among the general public and decision-makers; an inventory of heritage, know-how and techniques; heritage
policy building on exchange of experience, support and institutional strengthening; training in professions
involved in heritage and cultural activities; and the enhancement of heritage through inventories and networks of
historic sites used as places of scenic interest and through the promotion of tourism.
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The Bologna declaration called on the Commission to set up a mechanism for following up the conference and to
put in hand projects for enhancing cultural heritage. Accordingly, a first meeting of representatives of the
27 culture ministers and representatives of the relevant international organizations took place on 9 and
10 September last year to identify and propose regional projects bringing together as many Euro-Mediterranean
partners as possible. Some 100 proposals were put forward and their practical details and objectives were
discussed.

A further meeting of experts on 20 and 21 December discussed matters in greater detail. The work of evaluating
and finalising requests for funds is now in progress with the aim of financing, from the Meda programme, a series
of projects some of which will take place over three years. The projects are being forwarded to the Med
Committee, the programme’s management committee. The Commission will supply details of the project as soon
as the financing decision has been taken. The aim is to start practical cooperation this year.

(98/C 60/141) WRITTEN QUESTION E-2104/97


by Concepció Ferrer (PPE) to the Commission
(19 June 1997)

Subject: Euro-Mediterranean Agreement with Egypt

During the Euro-Mediterranean Conference in Malta, the Association Agreement between the European Union
and Jordan was signed, once the final differences between the two parties had been settled.

The Agreement with Egypt has not yet been signed because of a number of differences over market access for
certain agricultural products (flowers, oranges, potatoes).

Given the economic and political importance of association agreements for Mediterranean countries not
members of the European Union, will the Commission say what progress has been made in the negotiations
concerning the Association Agreement between Egypt and the European Union?

Answer given by Mr Marin on behalf of the Commission


(29 July 1997)

The Commission is fully aware of the economic and political importance of the new Association agreement with
Egypt.

The negotiations with Egypt started in January 1995 and were followed by eight negotiating rounds, the last in
March 1997.

Agriculture has proved to be one of the major obstacles in these negotiations. Egypt seeks to secure certain tariff
preferences which, in the Community’s view, are excessive and incompatible with the present situation of
agricultural markets.

The Commission, has proposed tariff preferences which permit some further development of Egypt’s
agricultural trade. This approach has, however, been refused by Egypt so far.

There is also still disagreement on a number of other trade related issues and on the provisions on social
cooperation.

As regards the important chapter of trade in industrial products, Egypt transmitted a first draft of the schedule for
tariff dismantling on imports from the Community only at the beginning of June 1997. This document has been
discussed in the course of a technical meeting with Egypt which took place on 24/27 June 1997.

On that occasion, it was agreed to hold, possibly before the summer recess, three further technical meetings
respectively on processed agricultural products, rules of origin and tariff dismantling, with a view to a new full
negotiating round in September 1997.