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9. 10.

98 EN Official Journal of the European Communities C 310/55

Answer given by Mr Kinnock on behalf of the Commission


(3 April 1998)

The Commission is not aware of a premium system or of a Belgian ministerial decision of the kind referred to by
the Honourable Member. The Commission will take up this issue with the Belgian authorities in order to clarify
the position.

(98/C 310/69) WRITTEN QUESTION E-0370/98


by Nuala Ahern (V) to the Commission
(24 February 1998)

Subject: Submission of the Fourth Report of the Standing Working Group on the Safe Transport of Radioactive
Materials in the EU

When does the Commission intend to submit the Fourth Report of the Standing Working Group on the Safe
Transport of Radioactive Materials in the European Union to Parliament, the Council of Ministers and the
Economic and Social Committee respectively? How does DG XVII determine the composition of the working
group? How many experts from non-governmental environment groups are members of the working group, and
what consultations does the working group have with non-governmental environment groups and research
institutes as part of its work?

Answer given by Mr Papoutsis on behalf of the Commission


(27 March 1998)

A draft communication covering the fourth report of the standing working group on safe transport of radioactive
material will be submitted shortly to the Commission for adoption and distribution to the institutions.

The composition of the working group is based on the resolution of the Parliament of 22 January 1982 (1) which
‘urges the Commission to create a special working party for the transport of radioactive substances and
radioactive waste, consisting of representatives of the Commission and national experts’. The Commission
undertook, subsequently, to implement the request of the Parliament and called upon the Member States to
designate their national experts in the group.

All designated experts are from the side of the competent authorities and their technical support organisations.
None are from non governmental organizations (NGOs). Nevertheless, concerns expressed by NGOs have been
submitted to the standing working group experts for consideration.

(1) OJ C 40, 15.2.1982.

(98/C 310/70) WRITTEN QUESTION E-0374/98


by Nuala Ahern (V) to the Commission
(24 February 1998)

Subject: Assessment of the practice of ‘Sham Recovery’ by companies contracted to use reprocessing services

What assessment has the Commission made of the extent to which the practice of ‘Sham Recovery’ − an
operation that purports to recover reusable material but in reality amounts to waste disposal − has been used by
companies contracted to use the reprocessing services of (a) BNFL at Sellafield, (b) UKAEA Technology at
Dounreay and (c) COGEMA at La Hague?