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C 60/130 EN Official Journal of the European Communities 25. 2.


Answer given by Mrs Bjerregaard on behalf of the Commission

(4 August 1997)

The Commission supported the creation of a Conference on international trade in endangered species (CITES)
working group on marine fish species on the condition that it would consider CITES aspects of marine fish
conservation and not become active in areas that fall within the competence of the Food and agriculture
organization and regional fisheries agreements. A working group of the CITES conference of the parties drafted
a version of the proposal that took full account of the above and the resulting new proposal was supported by the

It should be pointed out that the proposal aimed to avoid CITES involvement in marine fish species rather than
the other way around. In spite of this, the proposal was rejected by the conference of the parties.

(98/C 60/217) WRITTEN QUESTION E-2408/97

by Cristiana Muscardini (NI) to the Commission
(10 July 1997)

Subject: Dogfights

For some time now it has been fashionable both in the European Union and other parts of the world to organize
fights between animals.

A complex network of criminal associations has been reaping substantial profits by organizing large-scale
gambling on fights between animals, particularly dogs trained to kill each other.

The turnover during the last year for fights of this kind has been calculated at more than 1000 billion lire, with
some 5000 dogs being killed in Italy alone by being torn to pieces in the course of these criminal displays.

In addition, mafia and criminal organizations are springing up with all the consequences this entails.

Will the Commission draw up a directive imposing a total ban on dog fights and call on the Member States to
punish severely anyone organizing brutal exhibitions of this kind?

Answer given by Mr Fischler on behalf of the Commission

(10 September 1997)

The Commission would refer the Honourable Member to its answer to her Written Question E-2995/92 (1).

(1) OJ C 86, 26.3.1993.

(98/C 60/218) WRITTEN QUESTION E-2415/97

by Edward Kellett-Bowman (PPE) to the Commission
(11 July 1997)

Subject: Draft Commission Directive adapting to technical progress for the 4th time Annex I to Council
Directive 76/769/EEC

The text of the above draft states in paragraph 3 that it has become known that certain of these dangerous
substances and preparations in the form of oils classified as presenting an aspiration hazard, when coloured, pose
a risk to human health and specifically to the health of young children. Can the Commission please indicate how,
when and where such a statement became known, and by whom?
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Answer given by Mr Bangemann on behalf of the Commission

(15 September 1997)

The Commission would refer the Honourable Member to its joint answer to Written Questions E-2302/97 and
P-2377/97 by Mrs Jackson and Mr Cassidy (1).

(1) See page 122.

(98/C 60/219) WRITTEN QUESTION E-2416/97

by Laura De Esteban Martin (PPE) to the Commission
(11 July 1997)

Subject: Safety of children

The safety of children is a matter of concern to the European institutions, as reflected in the communication on
family policies (COM(89) 0363 final) and subsequent documents such as the Green Paper on the protection of
minors and human dignity in audiovisual and information services (COM(96) 0483 final) and the communication
on combating child sex tourism (COM(96) 0547 final).

However, there is no suitable legislation in the Union on safety measures as regards the location of schools and
kindergartens or the equipment provided.

Does the Commission intend to deal with this matter in the way it did for Community legislation on, for example,
the safety of toys?

Answer given by Mr Santer on behalf of the Commission

(4 September 1997)

The matter to which reference is made does not fall within the jurisdiction of the Community.

(98/C 60/220) WRITTEN QUESTION E-2446/97

by Concepció Ferrer (PPE) to the Commission
(16 July 1997)

Subject: Meeting Community programme funding commitments

On 15 June 1994 the Commission adopted a pilot rural development programme (LEADER II), Article 20
whereof lays down that the Leader II initiative shall be jointly funded by the Member State concerned and the

If one of the parties fails to meet its financial commitments, is there any protection mechanism guaranteeing the
claims of the beneficiaries of the LEADER II programme to the sums stipulated in the agreement signed between
them and the central administration of the Member State concerned?

Answer given by Mr Fischler on behalf of the Commission

(1 August 1997)

Action under the Community Initiative Leader II, which is based on Article 5(5) of Council Regulation (EEC)
No 2052/88 of 24 June 1988 on the tasks of the Structural Funds and their effectiveness and ON coordination of
their activities between themselves and with the operations of the European Investment Bank and the other
existing financial instruments (1)? is jointly financed by the Member States and the Community.