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(98/C 60/202) WRITTEN QUESTION P-2293/97


by Konstantinos Hatzidakis (PPE) to the Commission
(26 June 1997)

Subject: Reduction in the amount of the Community premium for sheep and goats in Greece

In the Commission’s reply to my Written Question P-1783/97 (1) on ‘lower Community premiums for goats and
sheep’ there is evidently a misunderstanding as regards the facts on which my question was based. I was not
referring to an increase in the slaughter costs for goats and sheep but to an increase in the selling price of goat and
sheep meat on the European market. On the basis of that clarification and bearing in mind that the Commission
accepts that there has been an appreciable overall price rise in the Community market, without saying exactly
what is happening on the national, regional and local markets, particularly in Greece, I again ask the Commission
to tell me on which data − how they were gathered and from which sources? − it based its finding that there was
an appreciable rise in the price of goat and sheep meat even in Greece − and if so by how much? − and that the
rise was such as to justify a large reduction in the premium? Finally, given the enormous difficulties which that
decision creates for producers, is there any possibility of exemptions for regions where there has demonstrably
not been an increase in the slaughter price for goat and sheep meat, or at least for regions which are generally
problematic, such as island regions, where transport costs and production costs generally are much higher?

(1) OJ C 45, 10.2.1998, p. 102.

Answer given by Mr Fischler on behalf of the Commission


(22 July 1997)

The Commission has determined for each Member State a list of representative markets that notify it each week
of market prices for a ‘standard quality’ that is the most representative for the production that is itself the most
representative for trade in the Community as a whole. The list of markets and description of the products the
prices of which are to be notified appear in Regulation (EEC) No 1481/86 of 15 May 1986 on the determination
of prices of fresh or chilled lamb carcases on representative Community markets and the survey of prices of
certain other qualities of sheep carcases in the Community (1), last amended by Regulation (EC) No 2344/96 of
9 December 1996 (2).

For Greece the ‘standard quality’ is lambs of 12 to 16 kg carcase weight. Prices are recorded at seven locations:
Athens, Ioannina, Serres, Komotini, Larissa, Tripoli and Khania.

In Greece the average price for the ‘standard quality’ rose from ECU 373.3/100 kg in 1995 to ECU 392.7/100 kg
in 1996, an increase of 5.2%.

The Commission would remind the Honourable Member that under the rules in force in this sector the ewe and
she-goat premium is to be calculated without regard to market price differences in Member States. Since 1992 a
single amount has been set that is calculated from the trend of the Community average market price for ‘standard
qualities’. The Commission has no plans to propose to the Council any change in these rules to take account of
particular regional price or production cost differences.

(1) OJ L 130, 16.5.1986.


(2) OJ L 319, 10.12.1996.

(98/C 60/203) WRITTEN QUESTION P-2294/97


by Nikitas Kaklamanis (UPE) to the Commission
(26 June 1997)

Subject: Turkish infringement of the European Convention on Human Rights and the need for EU response

On 18 December 1996, the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg held in its judgment in
Loizidou v Turkey (40/1993/435/514) that, by denying the applicant access to her property in Kyrenia (occupied
northern part of Cyprus), Turkey has, since 1974, been continuously in breach of Article 1 of the First Protocol of
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the European Convention on Human Rights, which refers to respect for possessions belonging to every natural or
legal person.

That judgment has particular political significance given that there are at least another 200 000 people who are in
the same position as a result of the 1974 Turkish invasion, and whose above-mentioned basic human right is
being infringed by Turkey.

1. Is the Council aware of the above-mentioned judgment?

2. What will it do to exert pressure on Turkey with a view to ending the above infringement of such a
fundamental human right, which has of course also been expressly recognized by the European Convention
on Human Rights?

3. Will it raise the matter with the Turkish authorities? How and when?

4. Does it consider that this infringement, which affects more than 200 000 Greek Cypriots, constitutes a
significant factor in an overall assessment of the already grave human rights situation in Turkey?

Answer given by Mr Van den Broek on behalf of the Commission

(25 July 1997)

The Commission is aware of the Loizidou case against Turkey. This case highlights the need to find a political
solution to the Cyprus question. The talks which began on 9 July in the State of New York between Mr Clerides
and Mr Denktash under the aegis of the United Nations will help advance a political solution based on a two-zone
and two-community federation in accordance with the relevant UN resolutions.

The Commission hopes that this discussion process will smooth the way for the negotiations for Cyprus’s
accession to the Community which are due to commence shortly.

Cyprus’s accession to the Community will provide a unique opportunity to find a solution to the Cyprus question.
It will benefit both communities and provide solutions compatible with Community law to the specific and
complex problem raised by the Honourable Member.

(98/C 60/204) WRITTEN QUESTION P-2295/97

by Gary Titley (PSE) to the Commission

(26 June 1997)

Subject: Safety of imported household electrical goods

What regulations does the Low Voltage Directive provide to ensure the safety of household electrical goods
imported into the EU? Do these regulations include a requirement for importers to test for safety representative
samples of the goods as supplied to them − as opposed to testing simply manufacturers’ samples?

If there is no requirement for importers to have their goods tested in this way, will the Commission propose a
revision of the Low Voltage Directive to ensure that the first importers into the EU are required to carry out their
own independent safety tests at EU-approved testing houses, with failure to do so becoming illegal in
Community law?