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C 76/102 EN Official Journal of the European Communities 11. 3.


According to the Commission’s proposal for a Council resolution on Community financial contributions to the
International Fund for Ireland (97/C 190/09), the ‘amount deemed necessary for the Community contribu-
tion ... is ECU 17 million’ for 1998 and 1999.

Can the Commission list the projects which benefited from Community contributions to the International Fund
for Ireland between 1989 and 1995? Can the Commission also give details of the evaluations done to assess the
benefits of these projects for the people of Northern Ireland?

Has the Commission earmarked any particular projects which it believes should benefit from the new tranche of
funding it has proposed?

Answer given by Mr Santer on behalf of the Commission

(4 September 1997)

The Honourable Member is referred to the presentation on the international fund for Ireland (IFI) made by the
Commission to Parliament’s regional affairs committee on 23 June 1997. The documents submitted to
Parliament together with the draft proposal for a Council regulation (1) include an evaluation of the IFI’s impact
to date.

The IFI is an independent body set up by international agreement between the governments of the United
Kingdom and the Irish Republic following the Downing Street declaration. It is run by an independent board
which takes all spending decisions. Financial support, whether from the Community or from the other donors
(Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United States) is given to the IFI as an organisation, which then allocates
money to individual projects. The Commission is represented on the board and receives advance information of
all spending proposals.

Given the independent status of the IFI the Commission cannot earmark specific projects for support, nor can the
other donor countries. The Commission does however insist that the Community contribution must primarily be
used for projects with a direct cross-community and cross-border reconciliation dimension. It is satisfied that this
is the case.

A copy of the agreement establishing the IFI and of its annual report for 1996 are sent direct to the Honourable
Member and to the Parliament’s secretariat.

(1) OJ C 190, 21.6.1997.

(98/C 76/203) WRITTEN QUESTION E-2376/97

by Gianni Tamino (V) to the Commission
(10 July 1997)

Subject: Second report pursuant to Article 26 of Directive 86/609/EEC

Article 26 of Directive 86/609/EEC (1) of 24 November 1986 on the approximation of laws, regulations and
administrative provisions of the Member States regarding the protection of animals used for experimental and
other scientific purposes states that ‘at regular intervals not exceeding three years (...) Member States shall
inform the Commission of the measures taken in this area and provide a suitable summary of the information
collected under the provisions of Article 13. The Commission shall prepare a report for the Council and the
European Parliament’. The first report, COM (94) 195 final, was issued on 27 May 1994.

Since the ‘regular interval not exceeding three years’ has passed, is it possible to be informed about the second

(1) OJ L 358, 18.12.1986, p. 1.

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Answer given by Mrs Bjerregaard on behalf of the Commission

(11 September 1997)

The Commission invites the Honorable Member to refer to the answers given to written questions E-547/96 (1),
E-173/97 (2), E-1419/97 (3) by Mrs Pollack and to oral question H-208/97 during question time at Parliament’s
April 1997 part session by Sir Stewart Clark (4).

At the present time, the Commission is proceeding with the introduction of the agreed statistical tables at
Community level reporting the number of animals used in experiments and is examining the necessity of using
an appropriate computerized system to achieve this task.

The Member States have committed themselves, on a voluntary basis, to implement the agreed statistical tables
by the year 1999.

(1) OJ C 280, 26.9.1996.

(2) OJ C 217, 17.7.1997.
(3) OJ C 373, 9.12.1997, p. 124.
(4) Debates of the Parliament (April 1997).

(98/C 76/204) WRITTEN QUESTION P-2378/97

by Umberto Scapagnini (UPE) to the Commission
(3 July 1997)

Subject: Sicilian Regional Law No 23/90, Article 5

In May 1996, the Palermo Regional Department of Agriculture and Forests suspended application of Article 5 of
Regional Law No 23/90 governing the maintenance of anti-frost ventilators, the treatment of irrigation water and
the heating of greenhouses, pending the Commission’s final communication on the compatibility of the aid
(contributions totalling 80% of the cost) provided for by this regional law with the provisions of Council
Regulation (EEC) No 2328/91 (1).

In 1991, given the Commission’s prolonged silence regarding the decision which had been announced, the
Region of Sicily ordered that the above-mentioned provision be put into effect. Under Article 17 of Regional
Law No 15/93 (which was duly notified to the Commission and gave rise to no objections on grounds of
incompatibility) the whole of Article 5, subparagraph 2, of Regional Law No 23/90 on protection from frost was
replaced. In response to the Commission’s letter of 15 March 1996 and the annex to it, the Region forwarded
detailed reports concerning Article 5 of Regional Law No 23/90 in a note dated 9 May 1996 and on subsequent

In view of the fact that the same frost-protection measures, requiring a high percentage of aid, are provided for
under the multiannual guidance programme and other laws in Greece and could have an impact on the
competition rules but have never been challenged by DG VI and given that the Commission has authorized the
same type of aid, to a level of 75 per cent, for eight regions in Greece (Aetolia and Acarnania, Argolis, Arta,
Achaia, Elia, Corinth, Laconia and Preveza), does the Commission agree that it should, as a matter of urgency,
provide a definition of the compatibility of subparagraphs 2 and 6 of Article 5 of Regional Law No 23/90 to
permit the continuation and finalisation of the projects under way and eliminate the cause of the clear
disadvantage suffered by farms in the frost zones of the provinces of Catania and Syracuse, where water
resources are moreover of poor quality, on whose survival the citrus-fruit economy of the provinces of Catania
and Syracuse depends?

(1) OJ L 218, 6.8.1991, p. 1.

Answer given by Mr Fischler on behalf of the Commission

(28 July 1997)

Articles 5 and 10 of Sicilian Regional Law 23/90 provide for aid for investment on farms covered by Article
12(4) of Regulation (EC) No 950/97 on improving the efficiency of agricultural structures (1) (which has replaced
Regulation (EEC No 2328/91) and must be scrutinized for conformity with that Regulation.