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Answer given by Mrs Bjerregaard on behalf of the Commission


(23 September 1997)

The Commission is not aware of any steps against Dr Viel. Any such steps would be a matter to be dealt with
under French law. The Commission would have no competence in such a matter.

As regards an investigation of the Cap de la Hague reprocessing plant by the Commission, the Honourable
Member is asked to refer to the reply it gave to written question P-2494/97 by M. Smith (1).

(1) OJ C 60, 25.2.1998, p. 135.

(98/C 102/198) WRITTEN QUESTION E-2833/97


by Nuala Ahern (V) to the Commission
(1 September 1997)

Subject: Khmelnitski Unit 2 and Rovno Unit 4 in Ukraine (k2/r4) and the Nuclear Safety Account at EBRD

What position has the Commission taken within the Nuclear Safety Account of the EBRD, where the purpose is
to increase reactor safety in the East, on its decision concerning the proposed completion of the nuclear reactors
in the Ukraine, since the Union is a contributor to the Nuclear Safety Account?

Answer given by Mr Van den Broek on behalf of the Commission


(3 October 1997)

The proposed completion of the two nuclear reactors in Ukraine (project R4/K2) is not a project of the nuclear
safety account of the European bank for reconstruction and development (EBRD).

Ukraine has introduced a request for loan financing of this project under the EBRD’s normal operations.
Financing is also envisaged under the Euratom loan facility in accordance with the established procedures.

(98/C 102/199) WRITTEN QUESTION E-2835/97


by Wolfgang Kreissl-Dörfler (V) to the Commission
(1 September 1997)

Subject: The EEC-CIH agreement on harbours in relation to the Hidrovia project

In a previous written question (E-1689/97) (1) I asked the Commission for information on the agreement signed
by the Commission and the Intergovernmental Committee on the Hidrovia (CIH), the contract signed by the
Commission with the European company Roggemarine and the terms of reference of the study commissioned
from this company.

The Commission informs me that the contract signed with the European company was signed on 20 December
1996, i.e. ten days after the Commission had signed the agreement with the Intergovernmental Committee on the
Hidrovia (CIH).

I should like to know how the Commission was able to complete the call for tenders procedure (Article 113 of the
Financial Regulation) in such a short time.

The Commission has also supplied me with some information regarding the environmental section of the
contract signed with Roggemarine. We thank the Commission for this information, but would nevertheless like
precise information about the terms of reference of the study or, preferably, the text itself.
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Before signing an agreement on harbours for the Paraguai-Parana waterway, did the Commission carry out an
assessment of the impact of the waterway on the environment and the region’s sustainable development?

(1) OJ C 391, 23.12.1997, p. 122.

Answer given by Mr Marı́n on behalf of the Commission


(29 September 1997)

The Commission adopted the decision to finance the project on 12 April 1996. It was then that it initiated the call
for tenders procedure to select a company to implement the project; this procedure was carried out parallel to the
procedures for signing the financing agreement.

The terms of reference of the study (of which the Honourable Member was informed in the Commission's answer
to Written Question No E-1689/97) call for a methodology that takes account of all the environmental
information available as well as a description of the project and the main forms of impact it may have. All aspects
of the natural environment affected will be identified, as will any aspect that may generate an impact at any stage
of the project's implementation. Identification and assessment of potential impact will be based on a critical
analysis specifying, among other things, the nature and intensity of impact, the degree of correction needed, its
synergetic action and its duration so that it can be appropriately categorised.

As to the third question, the fact is that the waterway already exists, even if its rate of use is very low compared to
that of European rivers. The development of the ports will facilitate more modern, rational use of the waterway
that takes better account of the ecosystem. The Commission studies, analyses and impact assessments preceding
the new project are being carried out on that basis. The interim reports on the studies by the Inter-American
Development Bank also confirm this point of view.

(98/C 102/200) WRITTEN QUESTION P-2840/97


by Patricia McKenna (V) to the Commission
(1 September 1997)

Subject: EU publications on the draft Amsterdam Treaty

As part of the Prince information programme, the Commission has published a booklet, A new Treaty for
Europe: Citizen’s guide. The booklet has also been published on the Commission’s website.

Funding for the programme has been covered by budget line B3-306 in the 1997 EU budget. The commentaries
on this budget line state that information activities concerning the Treaty’s ratification should be ‘regarded not as
propaganda but as an effective channel of communication’ between EU institutions and citizens and that the
activities’ ‘must take account of specific national and regional characteristics.’

Despite the bar on propaganda, many would consider President Santer’s introduction to the booklet to be
enthusiastic advocacy for the Treaty, which has yet to be signed by EU leaders.

The Danish and Irish governments have both stated their commitment to hold a referendum on the Amsterdam
Treaty, once its final version has been agreed and signed by EU heads of states.

In Denmark, the government requires that all publicly funded information on referendum proposals present both
the arguments for and against the proposal, giving equal prominence to both. Ireland’s Supreme Court found in
1995 that publicly-funded referendum campaigns of a partisan nature breached the provisions on equality, fair
procedures in referendums and freedom of expression in Bunreacht na hÉireann, Ireland’s constitution.

How many copies of the aforementioned booklet have been published? What languages has it been published in?
Can the Commission give a breakdown in the distribution figures for each Member State? How many copies does
it intend to distribute in the future?