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98 EN Official Journal of the European Communities C 76/91

(98/C 76/184) WRITTEN QUESTION E-2276/97


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

Subject: Sailing accidents

In Italy a young woman was recently killed in a simple accident where she fell overboard and was cut to pieces by
the propeller of the motor of the powerful craft on which she was sailing alone.

Given that incidents of this kind are sadly all too frequent during the summer season:
1. Will the Commission make it compulsory for a safety device to be installed on on-board and out-board
motors to be attached to the wrist of anyone sailing alone so that the motor is automatically switched off in
the event of a fall or sickness;
2. Will the Commission call on the Member States to punish severely anyone failing to respect these rules?

Answer given by Mr Bangemann on behalf of the Commission


(4 September 1997)

1. Safety was one of the main considerations during the drafting of Directive 94/25/EC which relates to the
construction of recreational craft (1). The final requirements provide a high level of user protection including
provisions relating to the risk of accident caused by starting a boat engine whilst in gear and aiming to prevent
falling overboard. The device to which the Honourable Member refers is not regulated at Community level under
Directive 94/25/EC.

The provision of such a device might in this case have prevented the accident, but in many cases the ability of the
boat to maintain steerage makes the rescue of the person who has fallen overboard more rapid and in inclement
weather conditions reduces the risk of capsizing.

2. From 16th June 1998 all new boats placed on the Community market should comply with Directive
94/25/EC. It is up to Member States to ensure this obligation.

(1) OJ L 164, 30.6.1994.

(98/C 76/185) WRITTEN QUESTION E-2279/97


by Bartho Pronk (PPE) to the Commission
(2 July 1997)

Subject: Informing the elderly about the arrival of the euro

The elderly are more concerned than others about the euro. There are two reasons for this: firstly, there are the
many changes concerning methods of payment which have already occurred over recent years (for example, the
rapid spread of electronic payment); secondly, the fear that the arrival of the euro will have a negative effect on
provisions for old age, such as pensions.

1. Is the Commission of the opinion that the elderly are a group eligible for specific targeting concerning the
introduction of the euro?

2. If so, does the Commission’s information policy on the euro already take account of this? If not, does the
Commission feel that it should?

3. Is the Commission also of the opinion that such information can best be provided in cooperation with
organizations for elderly people in the Member States?

4. Finally, does the Commission have any plans to conduct such an information policy in future in
cooperation with organizations for elderly people?
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Answer given by Mr Oreja on behalf of the Commission


(17 September 1997)

1. Yes. The Commission feels that the elderly are a sensitive target group for information about the
changeover to the euro. For that reason, following the round table which it organised on the practical aspects of
the introduction of the euro, it instructed a specific working party to consider the tangible effects of the
changeover to the euro on ‘fragile categories’, in particular, the elderly. The results of this work will be published
next spring and will be submitted to Parliament.

2. Accordingly, a specific approach to information, training and communication will be implemented from
1998 onwards in order to allay fears and answer the questions which the elderly are asking themselves about the
replacement of their national currency by a European currency.

3. As part of its decentralised information policy, it goes without saying that a partnership should be
established with organisations for the elderly in the Member States.

4. Member States should involve partners in national projects. For its part, the Commission, with Parliament's
support, will try to work in partnership with organisations and associations for the elderly which present eligible
transnational projects with a European dimension.

(98/C 76/186) WRITTEN QUESTION E-2300/97


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

Subject: Ireland and carbon dioxide emissions

At the meeting of the EU Council of Environment Ministers in March 1997, it was agreed that Ireland could
increase its emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) by 15% between now and 2010. Whereas targets for reducing
emissions were set for most other EU countries, a special arrangement was made for Ireland to allow it to
continue with its industrial development programmes.

However, a recent report by the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI), the foremost economic research
body in Ireland, predicted that on the basis of current policies, Ireland would be releasing 55 million tonnes of
(CO2) annually by 2010 − an increase of 82.5% on 1990 figures.

Can the Commission give details of how it is monitoring Ireland’s compliance with the March Council decision
on (CO2) emissions? What steps does it plan to take to ensure that the national quotas set at that meeting are
reached?

Answer given by Mrs Bjerregaard on behalf of the Commission


(9 September 1997)

The Environment Council adopted on 24 June 1993 Decision 93/389/EEC (1) establishing a monitoring
mechanism for the Community anthropogenic (CO2) and other greenhouse gas emissions not controlled by the
Montreal protocol, as part of the overall strategy to limit (CO2) emissions and improve energy efficiency.

The monitoring mechanism serves the double purpose of monitoring progress towards the stabilization of (CO2)
emissions at 1990 levels by the year 2000 in the Community as a whole, and the fulfilment of the Community’s
joint commitments in the Framework convention on climate change (FCCC) to which it and all the Member
States are parties and which entered into force on 21 March 1994.

In its conclusions of 22 and 23 June 1995, on the Community climate change strategy, the Council invites the
Commission to draw up a proposal to amend the Council Decision of 24 June 1993 so that emissions can be
assessed after the year 2000. In this context and given that the Decision is the principal means for assessing
progress in the implementation of climate change policies and measures at Community level, the Commission is
proposing the necessary amendments to the text of the Decision to allow for the updating of the process and in
particular the post-2000 monitoring of greenhouse gas emissions limitations and reductions. For the time being
the revision of Decision 93/389/EEC is under consultation in the Parliament (2).