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C 76/62 EN Official Journal of the European Communities 11. 3.

98

(98/C 76/145) WRITTEN QUESTION E-1869/97

by Gerardo Fernández-Albor (PPE) to the Commission

(30 May 1997)

Subject: Community aid to the Galician fisheries industry

The EU Agriculture Council recently decided to grant ECU 3 million (PTA 500 million) for Spanish cephalopod
fishing based in the Canary Islands for the period 1996-97.

The main aim of this measure is restore the competitiveness of these products on the international market.

Since this sector is also important to the economy of the Spanish region of Galicia, can the Commission say what
measures, similar to those deployed for the Canary Islands for the abovementioned purposes, are being
introduced or have been introduced for Galicia and what criteria can be used as a basis for similar applications in
order to provide specific aid for the Galician fisheries industry and obtain assistance wherever appropriate with a
view to boosting the international competitiveness of Galician fisheries products?

Answer given by Mrs Bonino on behalf of the Commission

(30 July 1977)

Council Regulation (EC) No 712/97 setting up a specific measure in favour of cephalopod producers
permanently based in the Canary Islands (1) renews for two years (1996-97) the aid scheme introduced in 1993 by
Regulation (EEC) No 1658/93 (2) to take account of specific conditions in this very remote region as required by
Council Decision 91/314/EEC setting up the Poseican programme (3). This provided that the Community would
endeavour to improve the export position for cephalopods originating in the Canary Islands, which had lost
competitiveness on the Japanese market, their principal outlet, as a result of integration of the islands into
Community territory.

This is then a specific aid adopted under the provisions applicable to the Community's most remote regions and
in the present regulatory framework cannot be extended to other regions or situations.

(1) OJ L 106, 24.4.1997.


(2) OJ L 158, 30.6.1993.
(3) OJ L 171, 29.6.1991.

(98/C 76/146) WRITTEN QUESTION E-1872/97

by Gianni Tamino (V) to the Commission

(30 May 1997)

Subject: ‘Health and wealth from the sea’ campaign

With reference to the above-mentioned Commission information campaign, which is aimed at students in
15 000 secondary schools and universities, has provision been made, or will it be made, for appropriate
information to be given on the adverse effects of intensive fishing practices such as the use of driftnets and
turbo-blowers?
11. 3. 98 EN Official Journal of the European Communities C 76/63

Answer given by Mrs Bonino on behalf of the Commission


(4 July 1997)

The Community-wide information campaign to promote consumption of fishery and aquaculture products is
intended to inform Europe's consumers about the nutritional value of fish and seafood and promote responsible
consumption, in particular making the species for which demand is low and stocks are not overfished better
known, as well as showing how to recognise quality fish.

The campaign is in various parts, including a campaign directed specifically at primary and secondary schools.
The idea is to raise awareness among young people since their consumption of fish is very low, so that they learn
to appreciate a balanced and varied diet in which fish has its full place.

Because the campaign is aimed at the broad general public, consists of generic advertising and is being shared by
all Member States, there will be no mention of the different fishing gears and techniques used in the Community.

(98/C 76/147) WRITTEN QUESTION E-1877/97


by Amedeo Amadeo (NI) to the Commission
(2 June 1997)

Subject: List of SMEs which have taken part in EU research programmes

The Commission and the Industrial Research and Development Advisory Committee (IRDAC/CORSI) have
referred several times to a list of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) which have taken part in the
European Union’s research programmes.

Has this list already been published?

Could the Commission inform me of the SMEs in the north-west area of Italy which have participated in EU
research programmes?

Answer given by Mrs Cresson on behalf of the Commission


(8 July 1997)

The Commission would refer the Honourable Member to its answer to Written Question P-2634/96 by
Mr Friedrich (1).

(1) OJ C 83, 14.3.1997.

(98/C 76/148) WRITTEN QUESTION E-1938/97


by Riccardo Nencini (PSE) to the Commission
(4 June 1997)

Subject: Benninger (Bisenzio-Florence) − possible transfer

In 1995, the undertaking Benninger obtained finance from the Brite and Thermie programmes totalling
LIT 550 000 000 (double creation project). Discussions are currently being held with the local authorities with a
view to obtaining public funding for vocational training. In April 1997 the firm announced its intention of
transferring four-fifths of its production to Germany and Switzerland (the latter a non-EU Member State) by
October 1997. The reasons for this transfer appear incomprehensible since it will lead both to job losses and to a
reduction in associated activities.