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C 310/30 EN Official Journal of the European Communities 9. 10.

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Answer given by Mr Fischler on behalf of the Commission


(5 March 1998)

Since Andorra is not a Member State, its tobacco production is not covered by the common organisation of the
market in raw tobacco and therefore receives no Community aid.

(98/C 310/34) WRITTEN QUESTION E-0157/98


by Mihail Papayannakis (GUE/NGL) to the Commission
(2 February 1998)

Subject: Repairs to the Corinth Canal

The Corinth Canal is one of the greatest technical feats in the world and extremely important for the Greek
economy. Being 100 years old, it naturally requires a great deal of maintenance work.

Following a collapse in the walls on 18 December 1997, the canal was closed for a lengthy period. The cost of
repairs is put at Drs 30 billion. Is there any possibility of Union funding for these repairs and have the Greek
authorities submitted a request to that effect?

Answer given by Mrs Wulf-Mathies on behalf of the Commission


(4 March 1998)

The Commission has not received any application for financing of the work to which the Honourable Member
refers.

However, the Greek authorities can submit such an application following the procedures provided for in the
Community support framework (CSF). The Commission is prepared to examine all financing possibilities in
partnership with the Greek authorities, subject to the availability of funds under the CSF.

(98/C 310/35) WRITTEN QUESTION E-0158/98


by Mihail Papayannakis (GUE/NGL) to the Commission
(2 February 1998)

Subject: Olive oil production

As the information given by the Greek authorities is not clear, would the Commission provide me with
information concerning the production of olive oil in Greece and the other Member States?

Answer given by Mr Fischler on behalf of the Commission


(4 March 1998)

The olive oil production estimates provided by the Member States are disputed and the Commission has asked
the Court of Auditors to examine the matter. The production entitled to aid according to the Member States’
figures is given in the table below.
9. 10. 98 EN Official Journal of the European Communities C 310/31

The quantity for which aid is granted to producers whose average olive oil production per marketing year is less
than 500 kg is calculated as a lump sum on the basis of the number of trees and of the average yield in that
production area over the previous four marketing years.
(in Tonnes)

Marketing year Greece Spain France Italy Portugal Community

87/88 321 718 770 000 4 088 742 500 38 000 1 876 306
88/89 319 231 408 000 1 200 390 000 24 570 1 143 001
89/90 316 372 573 000 2 825 585 000 35 100 1 512 297
90/91 170 869 700 000 2 310 148 000 20 000 1 041 179
91/92 430 147 610 000 3 400 650 000 34 992 1 728 539
92/93 314 432 636 000 1 840 410 000 17 075 1 379 347
93/94 323 161 588 000 2 407 550 000 27 486 1 491 054
94/95 389 904 583 000 2 440 458 664 29 220 1 463 228
95/96 445 000 375 000 2 450 625 000 34 000 1 481 450
96/97 (1) 409 000 964 000 2 400 445 000 39 000 1 859 400
97/98 430 000 840 000 2 000 650 000 60 000 1 982 000

(1) The data for the marketing year 1996/1997 are provisional.

(98/C 310/36) WRITTEN QUESTION E-0164/98


by Anita Pollack (PSE) to the Commission
(2 February 1998)

Subject: Consumers and timber products

Is the Commission committed to systems of forest certification, which enables consumers to make an informed
choice about the purchase of environmentally friendly timber products?

Answer given by Mrs Bjerregaard on behalf of the Commission


(24 March 1998)

The Commission is not committed to any system of forest certification as a general policy element, but continues
to stimulate and host formal and informal discussions on the issue through various fora, as well as to monitor the
use of and results from forest certification initiatives and other mechanisms to promote sustainable forest
management in the forest products markets. Additionally the Commission has supported, often through
co-financing, a number of projects and other initiatives carried out in the specific context of the Regulation (EC)
No 3062/95 on operations to promote tropical forests (1), Article 4(c), as well as under the forest protocol of the
Lomé Convention.

The Commission is aware of an increasing and legitimate public demand for more assurance on sustainable
forest management. Globally, certification can be considered as one tool among others which can help to
improve the management of forests in those regions of the world where deforestation and large scale forest
degradation due to inappropriate logging practices occur. In Europe forest certification is not likely to have any
significant impact on forest management as this is already characterised by a high degree of sustainability.
Its potential benefits, if any, will here be limited to possible market advantages and a better public information on
the environmental advantages of wood and wood-based products when compared to non-renewable raw
materials.

(1) OJ L 327, 30.12 1995.