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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?
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If so, what should be the criteria for awarding aid and who should receive such funding?

What other measures to assist mountain regions are planned to take account of the special features of these
regions?

Are studies under way to establish what effects a continuing drift from rural areas will have on the ecological and
economic situation of mountain regions?

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

The Commission is aware of the importance of mountain regions and of the special problems referred to by the
Honourable Member. This is shown by the special aid provided for such regions under the common agricultural
policy and rural development policy. The Commission proposals for the future rural development policy do not
include the creation of a specific objective for mountain regions, or the Alps in particular. However, the rural
development programmes will permit increased, decentralised support for the various aspects of agriculture and
for mountain regions and will enable measures to be better tailored to and targeted on the specific needs of the
sector in the different regions of the Community. Given the special characteristics of mountain areas, these
should particularly benefit.

As regards the Honourable Member’s question about specific studies into the impact of the continuing drift from
rural areas on the economic and ecological situation of mountain areas, no such study is available at Community
level. The Commission has, however, launched a study into the environment and hill farming which also look at
the socio-economic situation of these regions.

(98/C 304/137) WRITTEN QUESTION E-0395/98
by Daniela Raschhofer (NI) to the Commission
(24 February 1998)

Subject: Effects of Agenda 2000 on the existing Community of Fifteen

When Agenda 2000 was published, there was extensive discussion of the pros and cons of the Union’s
enlargement to the East for its prospective members. Not enough consideration was given to the impact of
enlargement on the existing fifteen Member States.

Do any studies exist concerning the impact of enlargement to the East on the existing Community of Fifteen?

If so, where can these be found and who carried out the research?

Have any studies been conducted concerning Austria’s special position as the country with the longest common
frontier with the candidates for accession?

Have studies been made of the impact of enlargement to the East on the employment situation in the Community
of the Fifteen and in Austria, particularly its frontier regions, and if so, where can the findings of any such
research be consulted?

Have studies been made of the impact of enlargement on salaries and wage rates in the Community of the Fifteen
and in Austria, particularly its frontier regions, and if so, where can the findings of any such research be
consulted?

Have studies been made of the impact of enlargement on population movements in the Community of the Fifteen
and in Austria, particularly its frontier regions, and if so, where can the findings of any such research be
consulted?

Have studies been made to ascertain how many citizens of the acceding States will seek work in the Community
of the Fifteen and in Austria, particularly its frontier regions, and how many of them wish to settle there, and if so,
where can the findings of any such research be consulted?