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98 EN Official Journal of the European Communities C 304/89

(98/C 304/133) WRITTEN QUESTION E-0372/98
by Nuala Ahern (V) to the Council
(19 February 1998)

Subject: Shipment of high-level radioactive waste from the COGEMA plant at La Hague

What representations has the Presidency received regarding safety concerns about the shipment of high-level
radioactive waste from the COGEMA plant at La Hague, via the port of Cherbourg to Japan through the Panama
Canal, which is scheduled to begin in January 1998?

Answer
(18 May 1998)

1. The Council has no knowledge of specific representations regarding safety concerns about the shipment of
radioactive waste from the nuclear plant at La Hague.

2. The Council would like to remind the Honourable Member of Parliament that safety concerns about the
shipment of radioactive waste are dealt with by various acts of Community legislation.

3. Directive 96/29/Euratom, of 13 May 1996, laying down the basic safety standards for the protection of the
health of workers and the general public against the dangers arising from ionizing radiation (1), provides a
binding legal framework for health protection by laying down strict rules on maximum permitted levels of
radiation for the whole population.

4. Directive 92/3/Euratom, of 3 February 1992, on the supervision and control of shipments of radioactive
waste between Member States and into and out of the Community (2), deals specifically with the movement of
radioactive waste by establishing a strict supervision system.

5. In addition to that, the Member State concerned shall apply the regulations concerning the transport of
nuclear materials adopted in the framework of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

(1) OJ L 159, 29.6.1996, p. 1.
(2) OJ L 35, 12.2.1992, p. 24.

(98/C 304/134) WRITTEN QUESTION E-0373/98
by Nuala Ahern (V) to the Council
(19 February 1998)

Subject: Proposed action on threats posed by the Sellafield plant

What steps is the British Presidency planning to take to respond positively to the concerns raised in the debate,
following the statement by the President-in-Office ro Parliament on 14 January 1998, about the environmental,
health and safety and other threats posed by the Sellafield plant? What consultations does the Presidency plan
with the Irish Government over Sellafield during its term of office?

Answer
(18 May 1998)

1. The Council is fully aware of the importance of environmental, health and safety issues concerning nuclear
plants.

2. In this respect, the Council would like to remind the Honourable Member of Parliament that Chapter III of
the Euratom Treaty provides the legal framework for the protection of health and safety throughout the
Community. In this context, Article 37 deals specifically with relations with other Member States.
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3. A Council directive, which takes into account the latest scientific and technological data, was also adopted
in 1996, namely Directive 96/29/Euratom, of 13 May 1996, laying down the basic safety standards for the
protection of the health of workers and the general public against the dangers arising from ionizing radiation (1).

4. Nuclear plants situated in the territory of Member States, including the specific nuclear plant referred to in
the question, are therefore subject to Community legislation aiming at ensuring their operation at the lowest risk
possible. The implementation of these provisions is of the competence of the Member State concerned.

(1) OJ L 159, 29.6.1996, p. 1.

(98/C 304/135) WRITTEN QUESTION P-0391/98
by Leoluca Orlando (V) to the Commission
(16 February 1998)

Subject: Failure of the Italian authorities to incorporate Directive 93/42/EEC

Five years after the adoption of Directive 93/42/EEC (1) which lays down the professional profile and ways of
practising as a dental technician, Italy has still not incorporated it, thus creating a legislative void that condemns
Italian dental technicians to a situation of serious hardship by maintaining in force provisions that are now
obsolete and lacking in terms of health protection, technological and business organization standards.

Does the Commission intend to make representations to the Italian authorities so that they become aware of the
delay in incorporating Directive 93/42/EEC and of the stage reached in drafting legislation to incorporate it?

(1) OJ L 169, 12.7.1993, p. 1.

Answer given by Mr Bangemann on behalf of the Commission
(9 March 1998)

Italy transposed Directive 93/42/EEC on medical devices by means of the ‘decreto legislativo’ of 24 February
1997 two and a half years after the deadline set for transposing that directive.

The Commission is examining the conformity of that Italian transposition.

Any matters connected with any hardship suffered as a result of that delay in transposition should be addressed to
the national authorities.

(98/C 304/136) WRITTEN QUESTION E-0393/98
by Daniela Raschhofer (NI) to the Commission
(24 February 1998)

Subject: Taking mountain regions into account in connection with the reform of the Structural Funds

Mountain areas, and in particular the Alps, are amongst the most sensitive regions of the EU. The economic,
structural, social and cultural problems of these regions have already been highlighted in connection with the
reform of the Structural Funds, and attention has been drawn to the need for a coordinated regional development
policy with lasting positive effects.

Are there plans for mountain regions to be covered by a specific Objective after the reform of the Structural
Funds?