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C 102/16 EN Official Journal of the European Communities 3. 4.

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Answer
(10 November 1997)

The Honourable Member will find below a list of protocols on the interpretation, by way of preliminary rulings,
by the Court of Justice of the European Communities of conventions adopted in the field of Justice and Home
Affairs.

1. Protocol on the interpretation, by way of preliminary rulings, by the Court of Justice of the European
Communities, of the Convention on the establishment of a European Police Office, signed on 24 July 1996 and
published in OJ C 299, 9 October 1996.

2. Protocol on the interpretation, by way of preliminary rulings, by the Court of Justice of the European
Communities, of the Convention on the protection of the European Communities’ financial interests, signed on
29 November 1996 and published in OJ C 151, 20 May 1997.

This Protocol also applies to the first and second Protocols to the Convention on the protection of the European
Communities’ financial interests. The first Protocol was signed on 27 September 1996 and published in
OJ C 313, 23 October 1996 (see Article 1 of the Protocol of 29 November 1996). The second Protocol was signed
on 19 June 1997 and published in OJ C 221, 19 July 1997 (see Article 13(3) of this second Protocol).

3. Protocol on the interpretation, by way of preliminary rulings, by the Court of Justice of the European
Communities, of the Convention on the use of information technology for customs purposes, signed on
29 November 1996 and published in OJ C 151, 20 May 1997.

4. Protocol on the interpretation, by way of preliminary rulings, by the Court of Justice of the European
Communities, of the Convention on the service in the Member States of the European Union of judicial and
extrajudicial documents in civil or commercial matters, signed on 26 May 1997 and published in OJ C 261,
27 August 1997.

Declarations by Member States accepting the Court’s jurisdiction can be found in the Official Journal containing
the relevant Protocol and were made on the date of signing with the exception of a declaration by Sweden
accepting the jurisdiction of the Court of Justice for the Europol Convention, which was made on 27 March 1997
(OJ C 100, 27 March 1997).

(98/C 102/25) WRITTEN QUESTION E-2209/97


by Charlotte Cederschiöld (PPE) to the Council
(18 July 1997)

Subject: Progress of ratification procedures of European Union Conventions as at 1 June 1997

The Action Plan to combat organized crime, drawn up by the High Level Group created by the European
Council, cited Conventions and Protocols whose ratification was considered essential for the common fight
against organized crime:
− Convention on simplified extradition procedure between the Member States of the European Union,
− Europol Convention,
− Convention on the Protection of the European Communities’ Financial Interests,
− Convention relating to Extradition between the Member States of the European Union,
− Convention on Corruption.

Will the Council state for each signed Convention (and signed Protocol, where appropriate)
1. date of signature,
2. progress of ratification procedures in each Member States at 1 June 1997?
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Answer
(10 November 1997)

The Council is unable to give information on the progress of internal ratification procedures in each Member
State for conventions adopted under Title VI of the Treaty on European Union. However, as regards conventions
ratification of which is regarded as essential in the Action Plan to combat organized crime, it can indicate which
Member States have already deposited their instruments of ratification as at 20 October 1997.

Convention on Simplified Extradition Procedure between the Member States of the European Union, signed on
10 March 1995:
Denmark, 19 November 1996; Sweden, 18 July 1997; Portugal, 13 October 1997.

Convention on the Establishment of a European Police Office (EUROPOL), signed on 26 July 1995:
United Kingdom, 10 December 1996; Spain, 9 June 1997.

Convention on the Protection of the European Communities’ Financial Interests, signed on 26 July 1995:
No instrument of ratification deposited yet.

Protocol on the Interpretation, by way of Preliminary Rulings, by the Court of Justice of the European
Communities of the Convention on the Establishment of a European Police Office, signed on 24 July 1996:
United Kingdom, 10 December 1996; Spain, 6 October 1997.

Convention relating to Extradition between the Member States of the European Union, signed on 27 Septem-
ber 1996:
Denmark, 17 September 1997.

Protocol on the Interpretation, by way of Preliminary Rulings, by the Court of Justice of the European
Communities of the Convention on the Protection of the European Communities’ Financial Interests, signed on
29 November 1996:
No instrument of ratification deposited yet.

Convention on the Fight against Corruption involving Officials of the European Communities or Officials of
Member States of the European Union, signed on 26 May 1997:
No instrument of ratification deposited yet.

(98/C 102/26) WRITTEN QUESTION E-2218/97


by Jesús Cabezón Alonso (PSE) to the Commission
(30 June 1997)

Subject: Illegal fishing in Morocco

The Moroccan business sector which is linked to the fishing industry acknowledges that there are local organized
groups involved in illegal fishing for, and marketing of, cephalopods. They completely ignore the rules on fish
size and closed seasons and pay neither taxes nor licence fees. All of this is at the expense of those who carry out
their fisheries activities legally and in accordance with the current EU-Morocco fisheries agreement.

What attitude or measures has the Commsision adopted in response to this situation?

Answer given by Mrs Bonino on behalf of the Commission


(22 September 1997)

As part of its overall policy of safeguarding fishing for cephalopods, the Community agreed at the last meeting of
the EC/Morocco Joint Committee in January this year, to two further biological rest months in 1997 (March and
April in addition to September and October already planned). These apply without discrimination to all vessels
fishing for cephalopods anywhere in the Morocco fisheries area.