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16. 4.

98 EN Official Journal of the European Communities C 117/21

It is true that the investigative study on fire safety was available only in French. This was due to its length
including annexes (more than 750 pages). It can be used as a basis for information and action by the Commission
without it having to be translated.

The enquiry was managed on a large scale. The response, of more than 1 000 replies, was considered as being
sufficiently representative to consolidate and analyse the information collected from private and public official

(98/C 117/26) WRITTEN QUESTION E-2510/97

by Giuseppe Rauti (NI) to the Commission
(22 July 1997)

Subject: Refund of income tax to single-income families

Is the Commission aware that an EEC Directive is being disregarded increasingly frequently in Italy − for
example on the basis of an unclear judgment of the Italian Constitutional Court, No 358 of 24.7.1995. Since 1976
this Directive has recognized the right of single-income families (i.e. in which only one spouse is in paid
employment) to a 50% income tax refund, together with the relevant interest and currency revaluation?

In view of the great social importance of the issue, does the Commission intend to prevail upon the Italian
Government to ensure that the Directive is applied in Italy too?

Answer given by Mr Monti on behalf of the Commission

(28 October 1997)

Income taxation falls within the competence of the Member States. No Community directive (in particular not
Directive 76/207/EEC (1)) creates an obligation with respect to the method used for the income taxation of
couples. Therefore the Commission has no case to raise with the Italian government.

(1) Council Directive 76/207/EEC of 9 February 1976 on the implementation of the principle of equal treatment for men and women as regards
access to employment, vocational training and promotion and working conditions − OJ L 39, 14.2.1976.

(98/C 117/27) WRITTEN QUESTION E-2521/97

by Renate Heinisch (PPE) to the Commission
(22 July 1997)

Subject: Level of European Union funding awarded to universities and research institutes in Baden-
Württemberg in 1996

For what measures was Community funding given to universities and research institutes in Baden-Württemberg
in 1996 and what amounts came from
1. the fourth framework programme on research, technological development and demonstration,
2. Community programmes in the energy and environment sectors,
3. Community Initiatives, especially the Interreg programme,
4. the Socrates, ‘Leonardo da Vinci’ and ‘Youth for Europe’ programmes,
5. the Regional and Structural Funds and
6. other Community programmes?
C 117/22 EN Official Journal of the European Communities 16. 4. 98

Supplementary answer
given by Mr Santer on behalf of the Commission
(24 November 1997)

In view of the length of its answer, the Commission is sending it direct to the Honourable Member and to
Parliament’s Secretariat.

(98/C 117/28) WRITTEN QUESTION E-2524/97

by Panayotis Lambrias (PPE) to the Commission
(24 July 1997)

Subject: Introduction of the institution of environmental inspectors

Following the amendment to Article 171 of the Treaty on European Union and the decision by the ECJ to begin
imposing penalties (OJ C 63, p. 2, 28.2.1997), we are on the threshold of a new era of more vigorous
implementation of Community law. Given that Community environmental law has developed particularly
rapidly over the last twenty years and attracts lively interest among EU citizens and with a view to encouraging
and supporting attempts by the Member States to implement the legislation in question and to avoid onerous
fines from the ECJ, will the Commission say whether it intends to introduce the institution of Community
environmental inspectors, using as a model the arrangements obtaining in other sectors of Community policy?

Answer given by Mrs Bjerregaard on behalf of the Commission

(15 September 1997)

The Commission is fully conscious of the major role inspection bodies can play in the area of the environment. It
sees it as extremely important that the competent authorities in the various Member States fulfil their inspection
functions in such a way as to ensure the effective protection of the environment. It would draw the Honourable
Member’s attention, in this context, to its Communication of 22 October 1996 on the implementation of
Community environmental law (1), in which it stated its intention to adopt recommendations defining,
specifically, guidelines for environmental inspections. In this way it hopes to help reduce the great disparity in
this area between the situations currently obtaining in the various Member States.

The Council, in its Resolution of 19 June 1997, confirms the approach advocated by the Commission and calls on
the latter to draw up, on the basis of the work accomplished in the context of Impel (2), minimum criteria for
inspection missions carried out by Member States. The Commission is also called on to look at possible ways of
enabling Member States to ensure uniform application and implementation of Community environmental law.

(1) COM(96) 500 final.

(2) European Union Network for Implementation and Enforcement of Environmental Law.

(98/C 117/29) WRITTEN QUESTION E-2531/97

by Gunilla Carlsson (PPE) to the Commission
(24 July 1997)

Subject: Charges for the right to sell alcohol

Only Systembolaget, a state-owned company, currently has the right to sell alcohol to the general public in
Sweden. Private firms and importers may, however, obtain licences from the Alcohol Inspectorate to sell alcohol
to restaurants, or to Systembolaget.