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C 60/124 EN Official Journal of the European Communities 25. 2.

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Sweden

At the Swedish poison information centre petroleum distillates are ranked as third in the league of chemical
agents most commonly causing incidents to children under ten. Some 500 inquiries per year are registered of
children drinking petroleum distillates of the type used in oil-lamps. A majority of the cases involve barbecue
starters. Lamp oils are involved in around 150 cases every year.

(98/C 60/207) WRITTEN QUESTION P-2310/97


by Hugh McMahon (PSE) to the Commission
(26 June 1997)

Subject: Duty free goods allowance on goods purchased outside of the EU

Can the Commission confirm what is the monetary value of the duty-free goods allowance for EU residents who
have purchased goods from non-EU countries (e.g. the United States)? Does this exclude the allowance for
tobacco, alcohol and perfume?

Answer given by Mr Monti on behalf of the Commission


(24 July 1997)

Goods carried in the personal luggage of travellers entering the Community from non-member countries may,
within certain limits, be brought in free of import duties, VAT and excise duties provided that such importations
are of a strictly non-commercial nature.

In the case of products other than tobacco, alcohol and perfume, which are subject to quantitative limits, the total
value of goods imported tax-free may not exceed ECU 175 per traveller. Where the total value of several items
exceeds that limit, the allowance is granted, up to the limit, in respect of those items which would have qualified
for the allowance if imported separately. The value of an individual item cannot be split up; neither can any
artificial distinction be drawn (between the jacket and trousers belonging to a suit, for example).

(98/C 60/208) WRITTEN QUESTION P-2312/97


by Jorge Hernandez Mollar (PPE) to the Commission
(3 July 1997)

Subject: Inclusion of Ceuta and Melilla in the euro design

Does the Commission intend to propose changing the design of the euro notes to ensure that the map includes not
only the Canary Islands but also the autonomous cities of Ceuta and Melilla, which, as the Commission is aware,
are Community territories marking the land borders of the Union in north Africa?

Answer given by Mr de Silguy on behalf of the Commission


(1 August 1997)

The proposed designs of the common face of the future euro coins, which were announced recently by the
Council, are not definitive blueprints, but rather artistic impressions of the coins. The working group of mint
directors has studied the technical aspects of the designs and concluded that the winning series is technically
feasible. However, it will need certain slight modifications in order to be produced in line with the technical
specifications for the coins which are being proposed. In addition, the map of Europe will be adjusted to ensure
that all Member States are happy with the image of Europe on the coins.
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A very similar procedure has been followed for the notes. The EMI Council presented the winning series of
designs at the Dublin European Council in December 1996. However, certain technical specifications and the
design of the map of Europe have been adjusted and the final form was accepted by the EMI Council in May
1997.

(98/C 60/209) WRITTEN QUESTION E-2313/97


by Patricia McKenna (V) to the Commission
(3 July 1997)

Subject: New deal for reprocessing spent nuclear fuel at Sellafield

The June 4 1997 issue of the ‘Sellafield Newsletter’, published by British Nuclear Fuels Ltd (BNFL), states that
the company has signed a new deal for reprocessing the ‘remaining uncontracted spent (nuclear) fuel’ from the
five Advanced Gas-cooled Reactors (AGRs) run by Nuclear Electric Ltd. BNFL predicts that the deal could
involve up to 3000 tonnes of spent fuel being sent to Sellafield and that the company would then decide whether
to reprocess it in the Thorp plant or to store it.

Has the Commission been notified of this deal by the British authorities? If so, what other details have the British
authorities provided the Commission with? In particular, what provisions will be made for safety in the transport
of the fuel to Sellafield and in its storage on site?

Answer given by Mr Papoutsis on behalf of the Commission


(31 July 1997)

The deal mentioned by the Honourable Member is of a commercial nature. Therefore, no specific notification
had to be made to the Commission.

The safe transport of spent fuel is assured by transport companies in Europe according to the provisions
established by the International atomic energy agency (IAEA) and included in international transport
conventions. Council Directive 94/55/EC of 21 November 1994 (1) on the transport of dangerous goods by road
and Council Directive 96/49/EC of 23 July 1996 (2) on the transport of dangerous goods by rail, implemented and
enforced under the responsibility of the national authorities, apply to the national and intra-Community transport
of spent fuel.

All practices which involve a risk from ionising radiation, including the storage and transport of spent fuel, have
also to comply with the basic safety standards for the protection of the health of workers and the general public.
The most recent revision of the basic safety standards is contained in Directive 96/29/Euratom of 13 May
1996 (3). National authorities are responsible for the implementation of these standards.

(1) OJ L 319,12.12.1994 and OJ L 275, 28.10.1996.


(2) OJ L 235, of 17.9.1996.
(3) OJ L 159, 29.6.1996.

(98/C 60/210) WRITTEN QUESTION E-2314/97


by Anita Pollack (PSE) to the Commission
(3 July 1997)

Subject: EU subsidies for cattle exports to the Middle East

Would the Commission give details of any subsidies for cattle exports to the Middle East, including the country
of origin of the cattle and the amount of subsidy paid?