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98 EN Official Journal of the European Communities C 310/5

(98/C 310/05) WRITTEN QUESTION E-3951/97


by Daniel Varela Suanzes-Carpegna (PPE) to the Commission
(12 December 1997)

Subject: Clarification of the limits of the Argentinian EEZ

The reason for the seizure of the Community vessel Arpón by the Argentinian authorities whilst it was fishing in
international waters near the Argentinian exclusive economic zone (EEZ) was the fact that the zone has been
imprecisely demarcated by the Argentinians, and this has given rise to a lengthy, costly and unwelcome conflict.

Can the Commission say what measures it has taken or is considering taking to ensure that the exact limits of the
EEZ in Argentinian waters are clearly demarcated and hence provide the necessary security for the Community
vessels fishing in international waters near that zone?

Answer given by Mrs Bonino on behalf of the Commission


(26 January 1998)

On 16 September 1996, Argentina lodged the geographical details of its exclusive economic zone (EEZ) with the
United Nations in accordance with Article 75 of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.

The Community has a primary interest in ensuring compliance with the international law of the sea. However, it
has no authority to resolve disputes concerning the boundaries of that exclusive economic zone.

As the Honourable Member knows, the European Community and Argentina are involved in a joint project to
create a multilateral system of cooperation in managing and protecting the resources of the south-west Atlantic.
The Commission will raise the problem in this context, at the most appropriate time.

(98/C 310/06) WRITTEN QUESTION E-3954/97


by Pierre Bernard-Reymond (PPE) to the Commission
(12 December 1997)

Subject: Commission reasoned opinion of 17 February 1997 prohibiting the ‘Mutualité’ sickness insurance
scheme from owning dental and medical practices or pharmacies as of 1 June 1997

Is it true that a reasoned opinion prohibiting the ‘Mutuality’ sickness insurance scheme from owning dental
practices as of 1 June 1997 was delivered by the European Commission on 17 February 1997?

Answer given by Mr Monti on behalf of the Commission


(13 March 1998)

The Commission has initiated infringement proceedings against France, under Article 169 of the EC Treaty, for
incomplete transposal of certain insurance Directives, namely Council Directive 92/49/EEC of 18 June 1992 on
the coordination of laws, regulations and administrative provisions relating to direct insurance other than life
assurance and amending Directives 73/239/EEC and 88/357/EEC (third non-life insurance Directive (1)) and
Council Directive 92/96/EEC of 10 November 1992 on the coordination of laws, regulations and administrative
provisions relating to direct life assurance and amending Directives 79/267/EEC and 90/619/EEC (third life
assurance Directive (2)). A reasoned opinion was delivered to France on 5 March 1997.

These Directives, which lay down the principles that authorisation is granted and prudential and financial
supervision carried out by the insurance undertaking’s home Member State, have been applicable since
1 July 1994. Their scope, as far as France is concerned, covers the following forms of undertaking: ‘société
anonyme’, ‘société d’assurance mutuelle’, ‘institution de prévoyance régie par le code rural’ and ‘mutuelles
régies par le code de la mutualité’.