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C 76/44 EN Official Journal of the European Communities 11. 3.

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According to a 1996 report by the Court of Auditors, serious environmental problems are caused in the
Community by the destruction of surplus fruit and vegetables, particularly in Spain, Italy, Greece and France.

In what areas, regions and municipalities in the individual countries has such destruction caused environmental
damage? What specific damage was caused in each case?

In what municipalities, regions and countries have efforts been made to remedy the environmental damage?

What costs are incurred in remedying this environmental damage? Are European Community budget funds
allocated to this?

(1) OJ C 60, 26.2.1997, p. 16.

Answer given by Mr Fischler on behalf of the Commission


(16 July 1997)

As the Commission stated in its reply to written questions E-1901/96, E-1902 and E-1903/96 (1), it was not aware
of the particular facts reported by the Honourable Member. It would like the Honourable Member to provide
detailed references to the report he mentions so that it can make enquiries of the Court of Auditors and, if
relevant, the Member States that may be involved.

(1) OJ C 60, 26.2.1997.

(98/C 76/123) WRITTEN QUESTION E-1707/97


by Hiltrud Breyer (V) to the Council
(22 May 1997)

Subject: Electricity Grid Feed Act

The letter of 26 October 1996 from Commissioner Van Miert to Germany’s Federal Minister for Economic
Affairs, Rexrodt, refers to adverse effects of the Electricity Grid Feed Act on intra-Community trade in
electricity. In connection with the letter, Directorate-General XVII was also asked to deliver an opinion. An
internal note to DG IV from DG XVII dating from summer 1996 mentions alleged ‘disproportionately high
windfall profits’ associated with new or prospective wind power facilities in Germany. In the meantime (at the
beginning of 1997), studies by German research institutes concerning trends in the cost of wind power have been
published showing that the Electricity Grid Feed Act clearly does not result in excessive subsidies being paid.
These studies demonstrate that only at favourable coastal sites do the rates of subsidy currently granted permit
the facilities to operate economically. This calculation does not even take account of the impact of possible future
damage to facilities and repair work.

1. Does not an adverse assessment of the Electricity Grid Feed Act manifestly run counter to the objective of
an environmentally benign energy supply as called for in the White Paper on ‘An Energy Policy for the European
Union’ and, more strongly still, in the Green Paper on Renewable Sources of Energy (COM(96) 0576 final)?

2. How does the Council believe that the share of renewable energy can be doubled by 2010, as called for in
the Green Paper on Renewable Sources of Energy, without creating the basis for payments to be made for power
supplied to the grid from renewable sources such as to provide an incentive for the installation of new production
capacity?