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98 EN Official Journal of the European Communities C 76/117

(98/C 76/224) WRITTEN QUESTION E-2498/97


by Maren Günther (PPE) to the Commission
(18 July 1997)

Subject: Ensuring correct payment of doctors’ fees by patients from other European countries

Problems arise with the collection of doctors’ fees, particularly in cases where Portuguese patients who are
employees change their place of residence frequently.

In the case of Portuguese employees it is not possible to produce evidence of insurance with a health insurance
fund.

Moreover, because of frequent changes of place of residence, the particulars shown in identity documents also do
not make it possible to obtain the necessary information about the patient or his insurance.

How can correct payment of doctors’ fees by patients from other European countries be ensured?

Answer given by Mr Flynn on behalf of the Commission


(9 September 1997)

The social security systems of the Member States are coordinated by Council Regulations (EEC) No 1408/71 and
574/72 (1). Under these Regulations a person who is employed in Portugal and who is posted by his employer to
perform work in another Member State continues to be subject to the Portuguese social security scheme if the
posting does not exceed 12 months.

In such a case the Portuguese worker remains covered by the Portuguese health care scheme. This means that he
is entitled to receive health care in Portugal and also in the Member State of actual employment. In the latter case
the benefits in kind are provided by the health care scheme in the Member State of employment on behalf of the
competent Portuguese health system (Article 22 and 22b of Regulation (EEC) No 1408/71). In order to receive
benefits the Portuguese system provides the worker with the European health care forms E 111/E 106. In addition
a new form E 128 will be applicable in the future which is specially designed for posted workers who enjoy
extended rights since 1 February 1997.

If the posted worker has a permanent address in the Member State of actual employment he can register with a
health insurance scheme at his place of stay using form E 106. If he has no permanent address he uses form E 111
whenever he needs medical treatment. This form is the proof that the worker is covered by the Portuguese health
care scheme. Any person who presents the form is entitled to medical treatment provided under the legislation of
the Member State of actual employment and the Portuguese system will reimburse the costs.

(1) Updated by Regulation No 118/97 (OJ L 28, 30.1.1997), lastly amended by Regulation No 1290/97 (OJ L 176, 4.7.1997).

(98/C 76/225) WRITTEN QUESTION E-2502/97


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

Subject: Fire at the Sellafield nuclear installation, Britain

On June 12 1997 a fire occurred at Sellafield nuclear complex in Cumbria, Britain, while decommissioning work
was being undertaken.

What details, if any, were given to the Commission about this incident?

Answer given by Mrs Bjerregaard on behalf of the Commission


(4 September 1997)

The Commission has been informed by British Nuclear Fuels Ltd (BNFL) that the fire was contained within a
booth being used to cut up a stainless steel vessel in a redundant building, that no one was hurt and there was no
spread of contamination or release of radioactivity. The fire was dealt with by the site brigade and was reported in
the BNFL Sellafield newsletter of 19 June 1997.
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The Commission was not informed at the time of the fire but there is no obligation on Member States to do so in
events such as the one described.

(98/C 76/226) WRITTEN QUESTION E-2508/97


by Ernesto Caccavale (UPE) to the Commission
(22 July 1997)

Subject: Bureaucratic and financial obstacles put in the way of beneficiaries of ESF, ADAPT, Now, Horizon and
Youthstart by the Italian Government

From a comparative study it emerges that Italy is the only Member State of the Union to impose financial
restrictions, in the form of bank guarantees, on entities (almost always non-profit-making) which have access to
funding under the European Social Fund, the ADAPT programme and the employment initiatives (Now, Horizon
and Youthstart).

In an information note dated 9 May 1997 the Italian Ministry of Labour stated that a bank guarantee must be
provided even for payments to be made from Community resources.

Does the Commission intend to ascertain, without further delay, whether the obligation to provide a bank
guarantee imposed by the Italian State on those who wish to obtain EU funding is legitimate and compatible with
the Treaties?

Does the Commission intend to ascertain definitively whether other Member States have similar procedures?

Finally, does the Commission intend to ask the Italian State to discontinue this behaviour which constitutes a
serious obstacle to the expenditure objectives set by the Commission for the European Social Funds and the
employment initiatives?

Answer given by Mr Flynn on behalf of the Commission


(9 September 1997)

Making the granting of national and Community assistance conditional on the existence of a bank guarantee is a
national decision.

In principle, such a procedure does not conflict with Community legislation.

Only Italy imposes an across-the-board requirement for a bank guarantee. Other Member States have introduced
measures to safeguard the funds allocated.

The decision to establish a bank guarantee system is a matter for national jurisdiction.

(98/C 76/227) WRITTEN QUESTION E-2509/97


by Ernesto Caccavale (UPE) to the Commission
(22 July 1997)

Subject: Kaleidoscope funding and Southern Italy

Official figures supplied by the Commission show that an extremely low percentage of funding under the
Kaleidoscope programme is allocated to cultural organizations in Southern Italy. For example, the ‘Festival delle
Torri’ held at Cava de’Tirreni was automatically selected and subsequently excluded from financing. The official
justification given by the Commission is that financial resources were limited.