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C 102/92 EN Official Journal of the European Communities 3. 4.

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Answer
(10 November 1997)

Following the Opinion of the European Parliament, the Commission has presented an amended proposal for a
Council Directive to introduce rational planning techniques in the electricity and gas distribution sectors (1). The
relevant Council bodies have begun examining that amended proposal.

(1) OJ C 180, 14.6.1997, p. 37.

(98/C 102/133) WRITTEN QUESTION E-2694/97


by Mark Watts (PSE) to the Commission
(1 September 1997)

Subject: Restriction of vitamin and mineral preparations to Recommended Daily Allowance

Is there a European Union ruling restricting the availability of vitamin and mineral preparations to quantities not
exceeding the Recommended Daily Allowance?

If so, what is the reasoning behind such a restriction, as this is surely a matter which comes down to consumer
choice?

Answer given by Mr Bangemann on behalf of the Commission


(29 September 1997)

There are no Community rules at present on the manufacture of or trade in the preparations referred to by the
Honourable Member.

However, the vast majority of Member States and a large number of representatives from economic and social
circles have made it quite clear to the Commission that they perceive an urgent need for such rules to be put in
place.

Since broad consultation of those involved is essential in this sector, a discussion paper has been drawn up and
widely disseminated. Comments are expected by the end of September 1997 at the latest.

(98/C 102/134) WRITTEN QUESTION E-2695/97


by Cristiana Muscardini (NI) to the Commission
(1 September 1997)

Subject: Floods and environmental protection

As well as being caused by meteorological factors in the narrow sense, the latest floods in various parts of Europe
and those which have occurred over the last few years in Italy and elsewhere have in many cases resulted from
disturbances brought about by criminal policies that ruin the environment. According to a recent survey of the
banks of the river Adda in Valtellina conducted by the Lombardy branch of the WWF, 690 buildings and smaller
works, including 376 homes and 91 factories, are exposed to the risk of flooding. These findings patently
demonstrate that there is no policy of prevention on the ground, thus offering an inducement to build on the
banks in areas bordering the river.

In view of the grave dangers posed by this situation, will the Commission:
1. monitor hydrogeological risks, having regard to the conditions required for a safe environment?
2. propose that prior checks be carried out to ensure that forward urban development planning is compatible
with the geological state of the terrain, especially in regions most at risk when rivers burst their banks?
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Answer given by Mrs Bjerregaard on behalf of the Commission


(23 September 1997)

The Commission is extremely aware of the problem of flooding which too frequently takes place throughout
Europe. A great deal of thinking and action has taken place over the last few years in order to give the Member
States support in seeking ways to limit the risks and consequences of this type of event.

It will not fail to encourage and support the Member States in devising preventive measures and making up for
the shortcomings is the action taken in the past in order to improve river basins. This applies to the recent action
begun under Community initiative Interreg II.

In addition several research programmes have been devoted to the problem of flooding. These are aimed at
developing techniques to ensure that a higher level of safety is achieved.

However, it does not fall within the Commission's competence to identify and monitor risk situations in the
Member States, since this falls within the powers of the national, regional and local authorities within those
Member States.

(98/C 102/135) WRITTEN QUESTION E-2696/97


by Cristiana Muscardini (NI) to the Commission
(1 September 1997)

Subject: Noise pollution and sport

Regarding the proposals set out in the Green Paper entitled ‘Future noise policy’ (COM(96) 0540), the measures
aimed at reducing noise emissions from two-wheeled vehicles could restrict, or even jeopardize the existence of,
motor cycling as a sport.

To avert this threat and bring the sport of motor cycling into line with environmental protection requirements,
thereby ensuring its survival, will the Commission:
1. determine whether the noise limits applying to moto-cross races could be based on the regulations issued by
the sports authorities?
2. call on the national sports federations concerned to harmonize the noise standards to be observed in
motor-cycle races?

Answer given by Mr Bangemann on behalf of the Commission


(13 October 1997)

Parliament and Council Directive 97/24/EC of 17 June 1997 on certain components or characteristics of two or
three-wheel motor vehicles (1) is aimed, in particular, at regulating the permissible noise level of such motor
vehicles (Chapter 9).

That Directive applies to all of the vehicles covered by Council Directive 92/61/EEC of 30 June 1992 on the type
approval of two or three-wheel vehicles (2).

However, vehicles intended for competitions, whether on the road or cross-country, have been excluded from the
scope of Directive 92/61/EEC for the reasons mentioned by the Honourable Member. They are therefore not
subject to the Community's requirements concerning permissible noise level.

(1) OJ L 226, 18.8.1997.


(2) OJ L 225, 10.8.1992.