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C 223/84 EN Official Journal of the European Communities 17. 7.

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Can the Commission explain:


1. How this unauthorized release happened?
2. What checks and controls were in place and how they were breached?
3. What emergency measures have been taken to retrieve the contaminated sugar supply and the pulp and
whether these corresponded with the emergency response plans contained in the consent application?
4. What warning notices have been given to food processors, retailers and animal feedstuff suppliers?
5. Whether any other such unapproved releases have been reported by any Member State?
6. What new controls the Commission will recommend to avoid a repetition of such unauthorized releases?

Answer given by Mrs Bjerregaard on behalf of the Commission


(5 March 1998)

The Commission is collecting the information it needs to answer the question. It will communicate its findings as
soon as possible.

(98/C 223/105) WRITTEN QUESTION E-0015/98


by Glenys Kinnock (PSE) to the Commission
(29 January 1998)

Subject: Structural funds after 1999

With discussions just beginning on the shape of the funds after 1999 and only 24 months to go before the start
date of the new programmes, what proposals does the Commission have to ensure that regions and disadvantaged
social groups are not penalised if implementation is delayed beyond 1 January 2000?

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


(12 March 1998)

The Commission recognises the paramount importance of beginning the next generation of Community
structural policies on time on 1 January 2000. Accordingly, the Commission intends to make formal proposals
for the future financing of all Community policies, as well as for a new regulatory framework for structural
policies, to the Parliament and the Council in March 1998. This should allow sufficient time for new structural
programmes to be drawn up and implemented immediately on the expiry of the current programming period.

(98/C 223/106) WRITTEN QUESTION E-0016/98


by Jean-Pierre Bébéar (PPE) to the Commission
(29 January 1998)

Subject: Controls on the movement of waste

Many European companies operate in the textile recycling sector, processing used textiles into rags or exporting
second-hand clothes to Africa.

Such companies are governed by the European regulation on controls on the movement of waste. Their products
are treated as non-hazardous waste (green list). A strict interpretation of this regulation may lead to an outright
ban on exports of second-hand clothes.