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(98/C 304/45) WRITTEN QUESTION E-0115/98
by Anita Pollack (PSE) to the Commission
(30 January 1998)

Subject: Battery hens

When does the Commission plan to bring forward its proposals to update the battery hen Directive?

Answer given by Mr Fischler on behalf of the Commission
(13 March 1998)

The Commission adopted on 11 March 1998 its report (1) to the Council and the Parliament as provided in Article
9 of Council Directive 88/166/EEC of 7 March 1988 laying down minimum standards for the protection of laying
hens kept in battery cages (2), together with the proposals relevant to the report’s conclusions.

(1) COM(98) 135 final.
(2) OJ L 74, 19.3.1988.

(98/C 304/46) WRITTEN QUESTION E-0124/98
by Marjo Matikainen-Kallström (PPE) to the Commission
(30 January 1998)

Subject: Follow-up question on the school milk programme

Commissioner Fischler’s answer of 17 December 1997 to my question (E-3130/97) (1), on the school milk
scheme, is illogical. He states that the Commission does not wish its current scheme of subsidising full-fat milk
products ‘to influence those who benefit from the scheme in their choice of one dairy product as against another’.

To enable me to understand the Commissioner’s reasoning, I should like to ask him a follow-up question:

On what does the Commission base its claim that subsidising full-fat milk products at the expense of low-fat
products does not influence those who benefit from the scheme in favour of the former?

(1) OJ C 158, 25.5.1998, p. 40.

Answer given by Mr Fischler on behalf of the Commission
(27 February 1998)

The amount of aid for different dairy products distributed under the Community school milk scheme is fixed
taking into account the milk content of the products concerned. This results in a lower amount of aid for
semi-skimmed milk compared with whole milk. However, in view of the higher retail price of the latter, the net
price to be paid by the pupil is about the same for both types of products and should therefore, not influence the
choice in favour of one or the other.

(98/C 304/47) WRITTEN QUESTION E-0125/98
by Petrus Cornelissen (PPE) to the Commission
(30 January 1998)

Subject: Research into civil aviation incidents

1. Can the Commission provide a breakdown of the number of serious incidents in civil aviation which have
been investigated in the various Member States of the European Union since directive 94/56 (1) of 21 November
1994 entered into force?
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2. What authorities have received the incident reports, and what safety measures or other measures have been
taken as a result?

3. When does the Commission intend to submit proposals for investigations into other incidents in civil
aviation, as promised at the time of Parliament’s debate on the abovementioned directive?

4. When it draws up its proposals, will the Commission take account of the wish expressed in the past by
Parliament that it should publish the reports not only of accidents but also of incidents?

(1) OJ L 319, 12.12.1994, p. 14.

Answer given by Mr Kinnock on behalf of the Commission
(23 March 1998)

A number of the Member States of the Union, Belgium, Austria, Luxembourg and Italy have not yet
implemented the provisions of Council Directive 94/56/EC of 21 November 1994 establishing the fundamental
principles governing the investigation of civil aviation accidents and incidents. The Commission sent reasoned
opinions to the Member States which had not replied satisfactorily to the letter of formal notice sent in May 1997.
Even when legal transposition has taken place, there are still practical problems with the investigation of serious
incidents due to the different procedures of investigation. The Commission has therefore received very few
serious incident investigation reports and, as a result, it has not been possible to take further measures.

The pilot project of a European co-ordination center for aviation incidents reporting systems (ECCAIRS) carried
out by the Commission is now deemed sufficiently mature to become operational. A formal presentation of the
system will be organised in March and the Commission proposal, which will take account of the comments
received after this presentation, will be issued in 1998.

Council Directive 94/56/EC requires publication of accident reports and a more restricted circulation of incident
reports in order to take into account the very different nature of these occurrences. The Commission does not
intend to change these requirements in the immediate future. However, the Commission intends to examine the
whole question of the collection and dissemination of safety data as a preliminary activity before considering a
possible proposal for publication of safety information. The legitimate interest of the public will at all times
receive necessary attention.

(98/C 304/48) WRITTEN QUESTION P-0128/98
by John Iversen (PSE) to the Commission
(22 January 1998)

Subject: Transport of calves and maximum weights

In the Commission’s answer P-3757/97 (1) it is asserted, without documentary backing, that the best
slaughter-calves with a live weight of 300 kg can yield a carcass weight above 160 kg.

Even if this is were correct, it would still be mathematically impossible to obtain an average of 162 kg for all
calves of live weights below 300 kg.

On page 12 of the Commission’s report, COM(97)165, there is a breakdown of calves for slaughter in the
Netherlands from December 1996 to 1997 week/12. Column II shows calves which, regardless of the early
marketing premium, would have been delivered in those weight groups, i.e. the breakdown for 1995. These 84
464 calves had an average weight of 118.7 kg.

If Column II is extrapolated to include weight groups up to 165 kg, it is mathematically impossible to distribute
the remaining 284 150 calves delivered in the Netherlands over a sixteen week period among these weight groups
so as to end up with a weighted average of 162 kg for these 368 614 calves. Even if the remaining 284 150 calves
are assumed each to weigh 162 kg, the weighted average will still only be 154 kg.