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2. 10.

98 EN Official Journal of the European Communities C 304/47

2. The Commission sees to it that European directives are properly implemented by the Member States. With
regard to Directive 92/43/EEC, it has instituted infringement proceedings against Spain for failure to transmit the
Spanish lists within the deadline. Following the delivery of a reasoned opinion in November 1997, Spain did
transmit a list of sites. The Commission is currently examining the documents provided by the Spanish
authorities to determine whether the proceedings need be pursued any further.
3. At special biogeographical meetings, the Commission works with the Member States and independent
experts to evaluate the lists of sites proposed by the Member States for inclusion in the Natura 2000 network.
Given the large number of sites proposed (several thousand), it is impossible for each of them to be examined in
situ.

(1) OJ L 103, 25.4.1979.
(2) OJ L 206, 22.7.1992.

(98/C 304/65) WRITTEN QUESTION E-0185/98
by Mark Watts (PSE) to the Commission
(5 February 1998)
Subject: Disability benefits in EU Member States
Can the Commission please indicate, on a country-by-country basis, the amount of money spent by each Member
State on disability benefits?

(98/C 304/66) WRITTEN QUESTION E-0186/98
by Mark Watts (PSE) to the Commission
(5 February 1998)
Subject: Disability benefits in EU Member States
Can the Commission please indicate, on a country-by-country basis, the amount of money spent by each Member
State on disability benefits as a proportion of total government spending?

Joint answer
to Written Questions E-0185/98 and E-0186/98
given by Mr Flynn on behalf of the Commission
(30 March 1998)
The Commission is sending the information requested direct to the Honourable Member and to Parliament’s
Secretariat.

(98/C 304/67) WRITTEN QUESTION P-0193/98
by Paul Lannoye (V) to the Commission
(28 January 1998)
Subject: Zoonoses
Council Directive 97/22/EC (1) amending Directive 92/117/EEC (2) concerning measures for protection against
specified zoonoses and specified zoonotic agents adds Article 15a to the latter directive stipulating that the
Commission must submit a report to the Council before 1 November 1997 on the measures to be implemented for
the control and prevention of zoonoses.
Can the Commission inform me of the report’s conclusions?
Which are the Member States which, by 1 January 1998, had still not implemented the minimum measures laid
down for salmonella in Annex III, Section I (Article 10(1) of Directive 92/117/EEC and Article 1(4) of Directive
97/22/EC)?
How many cases of salmonella have been recorded each year in poultry breeding flocks in the different Member
States since 1992? How many cases have been recorded in humans during the same period?