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C 102/60 EN Official Journal of the European Communities 3. 4.

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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.
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It appears that the Commission later denied that Spain was concerned.

Why did Commissioner Bonino act in such an irresponsible way?

Has the Commissioner assessed the damage caused by her actions?

Is the Commissioner aware that her muddled statements can only exacerbate the difficult situation in the market
for beef?

Who is to deal with the economic consequences of this irresponsibility?

(98/C 102/87) WRITTEN QUESTION E-2577/97


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.

It appears that the Commission later denied that Spain was concerned.

On what investigations did the Commissioner base these claims?

What body or officials informed her that Spain was affected?

Is it normal to make statements of this kind before contacting the Member State concerned?

(98/C 102/88) WRITTEN QUESTION E-2578/97


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.

It appears that the Commission later denied that Spain was concerned.

Does the Commissioner acknowledge her mistake?

What were the reasons for issuing the denial?

What authority or official provided the new information which allowed her to change her claims?

(98/C 102/89) WRITTEN QUESTION E-2603/97


by Encarnación Redondo Jiménez (PPE) to the Commission
(1 September 1997)

Subject: Statements by Commissioner Bonino on UK beef exports

Mrs Bonino made several statements to the media on Wednesday, 2 July 1997 on UK beef exports to various
countries.

Has the Commission given any thought to the suitability or otherwise of such statements and their impact on:
1. the credibility of the Commission’s activities as regards consumer health and consumer protection;
2. the Community beef markets?