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17. 3.

98 EN Official Journal of the European Communities C 82/133

Answer given by Mr Santer on behalf of the Commission

(6 October 1997)

The Commission extends its deepest sympathy to the victims of the torrential rain and hail which flooded the
town of Palencia (Castile-Leon) during the night of 15 July 1997. It is aware of the serious hardship suffered by
the inhabitants of Palencia and the surrounding area, both in industrial and farming terms.

With regard to emergency Community aid for the victims of disasters, the Commission would remind the
Honourable Members that heading B4-3400 of the 1997 budget has not been allocated the funds with which any
immediate action could be taken.

(98/C 82/215) WRITTEN QUESTION P-2729/97

by Marianne Thyssen (PPE) to the Commission
(30 July 1997)

Subject: Compensation scheme for Dutch filling station managers on the Belgian and German borders

It appears that on 23 July 1997 a scheme came into force for Dutch filling station managers on the Belgian and
German borders which compensates them for the losses suffered from an increase in tax on petrol in the

Can the Commission say whether this scheme, which is not generally applicable to the Netherlands but is
geographically restricted to the border areas, is in line with European rules on competition?

Answer given by Mr Van Miert on behalf of the Commission

(11 September 1997)

The scheme referred to by the Honourable Member could constitute state aid under Article 92 of the EC Treaty
and should − unless it meets the criteria of the de minimis rule currently in force (1) − be notified to the
Commission in accordance with Article 93(3). The Commission was not, however, aware of the scheme. It has
contacted the Member State concerned and will be certain to inform the Honourable Member of the results of its

(1) OJ C 68, 6.3.1996.

(98/C 82/216) WRITTEN QUESTION E-2734/97

by Bryan Cassidy (PPE) to the Commission
(1 September 1997)

Subject: Publication of Amsterdam Treaty in the Official Journal

The Maastricht Treaty was signed on 7 February 1992. Publication of the integrated text of the Treaty of
Maastricht and the Treaty of Rome was not in the Official Journal until 31 August 1992 (ref. C 224). This
integrated text showed the changes arising from Maastricht in bold italic type. It was ‘user-friendly’.

During this delay of 6 months, Ireland and Denmark held referenda. As a result of the delayed publication of the
integrated text, citizens of those Member States were not as well informed as they should have been. Nor were
national parliaments.

When does the Commission propose to publish in the OJ the full integrated texts of the Treaties following