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C 304/90 EN Official Journal of the European Communities 2. 10.

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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?