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C 304/68 EN Official Journal of the European Communities 2. 10.

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

As stated in the previous reply to the Honourable Member’s written question E-3670/97 (1) and to written
question E-3449/97 by Mr de Vries (2), the Television without frontiers Directive 97/36/EC of Parliament and of
the Council of 30 June 1997 amending Council Directive 89/552/EEC on the coordination of certain provisions
laid down by law, regulation or administrative action in Member States concerning the pursuit of television
broadcasting activities (3) provides that Member States shall ensure freedom of reception on their territory of
television broadcasts from other Member States (Article 2a(1)).

This obligation is based on one of the four fundamental freedoms laid down in the EC Treaty (the freedom to
provide services − Article 59).

In respect of the particular circumstances of the case, the Commission stated that it required further information
to enable an evaluation to be carried out, in respect of conformity with Community law. The Commission, in its
role of guardian of the Treaties is required to evaluate possible breaches of Community law. The timing of such
an evaluation would depend on the complexity of the facts involved, on the assumption that the necessary
information was available.

(1) OJ C 174, 8.6.1998, p. 95.
(2) OJ C 174, 8.6.1998, p. 60.
(3) OJ L 202, 30.7.1997.

(98/C 304/96) WRITTEN QUESTION E-0278/98
by Panayotis Lambrias (PPE) to the Commission
(13 February 1998)

Subject: New LEADER programme

According to recent statements by Commissioner Fischler, it is planned to extend to LEADER programme to
include the whole of European agriculture. Recognising that the agricultural policy of the Union is in a
transitional period, will the Commission say:
1. Does it intend to take measures to ensure that there is no reduction in what has already been achieved in
Objective 1 and 5b regions and that essential financial support, in line with the present needs, continues with
the new LEADER programme?
2. Does it intend substantially to increase the funds for the new LEADER programme in keeping with the
increased area covered and the need for more intensive support for the less-developed regions of the
European Union?

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

1. For the regions currently eligible under Objectives 1 and 5(b) which will cease to be eligible under the
selection criteria to be used in the new period, the Commission is proposing transitional financial support
through regional programmes to be drawn up in agreement with the Member State concerned.

The new rural development Initiative, which the Honourable Member describes as ‘new Leader’, could provide
further support for those regions in accordance with the guidelines on its objectives and scope which the
Commission will lay down.

2. The Commission is proposing that 5% of the resources of the Structural Funds should be allocated to the
three Community Initiatives, one of which will be the Initiative for rural development, but it has not yet divided
that amount among the Initiatives. The concentration of appropriations on three Community Initiatives instead of
the existing 14 will improve implementation in the sectors selected.