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98 EN Official Journal of the European Communities C 102/59

Before the Environment Committee the Commission representative promised that the European Parliament
would be ‘appropriately’ involved in this work and that it would be ensured Parliament was able to undertake its
second reading ‘in full knowledge of all the texts’.

How does the Commission intend to keep this promise without submitting an officially amended version of its
proposal for the framework water directive?

Answer given by Mrs Bjerregaard on behalf of the Commission


(15 September 1997)

As the Honourable Member is aware, the environment committee has now appointed its rapporteur for the
proposal for a Council directive establishing a framework for Community action in the field of water policy and
the committee at its most recent meeting laid down a schedule following which a report on the proposal will be
presented to the committee before its meeting in December 1997.

The Honourable Member will also be aware that the rapporteur at that meeting was asked to prepare proposals
which would amend and improve the proposal, worked out with the necessary advice from non-governmental
organisations (NGOs), the Commission and other sources. The representative of the Commission at that meeting
expressed the Commission’s intention to continue to associate the committee as closely as possible to ensure that
any necessary technical detail may be added to the proposal and welcomed any proposal the committee may have
for improvements of annexes or other parts of the proposal where precision and clarity of the provisions may be
sharpened.

(98/C 102/83) WRITTEN QUESTION E-2567/97


by Mihail Papayannakis (GUE/NGL) to the Commission
(24 July 1997)

Subject: Kallithea Common

Buildings and commons which make up the natural and cultural heritage are important elements which
contribute to the quality of life of inhabitants in the major conurbations; and it is a fact that the inhabitants of
urban regions are increasingly concerned about the quality of the natural environment in which they live.

Kallithea in Athens is one of the most densely-inhabited and developed towns in Greece. At the centre of this
town is a single free space of 30 000 square metres which is a legacy and has been designated a green area and a
common. This land is now under threat from a building project of doubtful utility funded by the Community: it is
planned to construct university buildings on this site, although there is no obvious need for them and viable
alternative sites exist on the outskirts of town which do not pose any problems. Urban programmes, of course,
fall within the remit of the Member States, but there is scope for Community action, in accordance with the Green
Paper on the urban environment.

Bearing in mind:
− that Article 24 of the Greek Constitution absolutely and expressly forbids construction by any means and for
any purpose on, and the misuse or reduction of, the site in question, and that Community funds are allocated
for use in accordance with environmental law, environmental ethics and an environmental rationale and code
of conduct;
− the Green Paper on the urban environment;
− the Commission report of October 1994 on viable European cities; and
− Commission communication (COM(97) 197);
will the Commission say why a project is being funded which amounts to a further assault on the already
heavily-polluted urban environment of Kallithea and is at odds with the Commission’s sensitivity to matters
relating to the quality of life and the promotion of viable development in the major conurbations?
C 102/60 EN Official Journal of the European Communities 3. 4. 98

Answer given by Mrs Wulf-Mathies on behalf of the Commission


(22 September 1997)

Assuming that the Honourable Member is referring to the State Harokopion university, the Commission would
inform him that, according to the Greek authorities:
− the area described in the question is private property, bequeathed to the university in 1915;
− four years ago the property was officially designated as a university compound. It has not been designated as
a green area. Furthermore, as belonging to a university and as a bequest the property is protected by the
Greek constitution and Greek legislation;
− the university recently renovated its existing buildings. The surface of the surrounding grounds is
20 000 square metres, of which 670 square metres will be used for the construction of the university library,
the only new building in the compound. The construction of the building has been officially approved by the
Greek authorities following all necessary legal procedures, and is to be cofinanced by the Community in the
framework of the operational programme for Attica;
− the university has planted over 2 500 trees and plants and restored all traditional wells in the compound.

(98/C 102/84) WRITTEN QUESTION E-2568/97


by Glyn Ford (PSE) to the Council
(28 July 1997)

Subject: Asylum protocol

Would the protocol which restricts EU citizen’s access to apply for asylum in other EU countries, adopted at the
Amsterdam Summit, be suspended if an internal conflict or a conflict between two states or more were to take
place involving European Union countries?

(98/C 102/85) WRITTEN QUESTION E-2569/97


by Glyn Ford (PSE) to the Council
(28 July 1997)

Subject: Asylum protocol

Would the protocol which restricts EU citizen’s access to apply for asylum in other EU countries, adopted at the
Amsterdam Summit, be suspended if a Member State’s respect for human rights was brought into question?

Joint answer
to Written Questions E-2568/97 and E-2569/97
(7 November 1997)

The Council considers it inappropriate at this stage to interpret the protocol in question, given that the Treaty of
which the protocol forms part has not yet entered into force.

(98/C 102/86) WRITTEN QUESTION E-2576/97


by Juan Colino Salamanca (PSE) and Jesús Cabezón Alonso (PSE) to the Commission
(24 July 1997)

Subject: Breaking the EU embargo on British beef

On 2 July 1997, Commissioner Bonino reported a possible illegal sale of British beef, under embargo because of
the mad cow crisis, stating on Italian television that Spain was one of the countries of destination for this beef.