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98 EN Official Journal of the European Communities C 304/149

Finally, there is evidence of a significant rise in the prevalence of respiratory diseases and allergies, causing a
substantial social and economic burden in Member States, as well as considerable population exposure − indoors
and outdoors − to the pollutants that are thought to play a role in their causation, provocation or aggravation. As
important diseases associated with pollution other than respiratory diseases and allergies are already targeted by
other Community action programmes (such as the Europe against Cancer action) the Commission included in its
proposals specific action on the latter. Support to food allergy preventative action such as breast feeding may
well be considered in the implementation of the proposed programme, in order to complement other measures
such as appropriate labelling and information on ingredients of food safety. Community policy on food safety is
giving special attention to this.

(1) OJ C 214, 16.7.1997.

(98/C 304/224) WRITTEN QUESTION E-0704/98
by Amedeo Amadeo (NI) and Salvatore Tatarella (NI) to the Commission
(18 March 1998)

Subject: Injury prevention

This question concerns the proposal for a European Parliament and Council Decision adopting a programme of
Community action from 1999 to 2003 on injury prevention in the context of the framework for action in the field
of public health (COM(97) 178 final − 97/0132 COD (1).

With regard to health monitoring, in order to ensure effective interaction between a future Community action
programme on health monitoring and the proposed one, can the Commission ensure that there is no duplication
or overlapping between the initiatives envisaged?

(1) OJ C 202, 2.7.1997, p. 20.

(98/C 304/225) WRITTEN QUESTION E-0705/98
by Amedeo Amadeo (NI) and Salvatore Tatarella (NI) to the Commission
(18 March 1998)

Subject: Injury prevention

This question concerns the proposal for a European Parliament and Council Decision adopting a programme of
Community action from 1999 to 2003 on injury prevention in the context of the framework for action in the field
of public health (COM(97) 178 final − 97/0132 COD (1)).

With regard to ‘consistency and complementarity’, it is vital ensure consistency and complementarity with other
Community measures and programmes relating to the same subject, in particular as regards the EHLASS system,
which may expire at the end of 1997. Without the aid of the EHLASS system the programme of action on injury
prevention may not be able to function and could the Commission therefore extend its use? It is also essential that
the Commission should publish guidelines concerning the methods to be used for the collection of data so as to
ensure that the information from the various Member States is comparable.

(1) OJ C 202, 2.7.1997, p. 20.

(98/C 304/226) WRITTEN QUESTION E-0706/98
by Amedeo Amadeo (NI) and Salvatore Tatarella (NI) to the Commission
(18 March 1998)

Subject: Injury prevention

This question concerns the proposal for a European Parliament and Council Decision adopting a programme of
Community action from 1999 to 2003 on injury prevention in the context of the framework for action in the field
of public health (COM(97) 178 final − 97/0132 COD (1).