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98 EN Official Journal of the European Communities C 310/85

This fact, ascertained by the Court of Auditors, has led to proceedings being brought against the twenty
administrators who succeeded one another frm 1978 until the firm was sold.

The deficit is the result of continual delays in the payment of debts owed by the distribution companies Cada and
Sicedab, which sold the firm’s milk. In order to remedy the situation, various attempts at a settlement have been
made since 1978 between the central dairy, Cada and Sicedab concerning recognition of the debt and the
repayment of the sums involved. The attempts included receivership, registered charges, extending the
concession, transferring the customer portfolio and the fleet of vehicles and calls to tender. In the meantime, over
the years, the status of the central dairy has changed, it became a special agency and was consequently privatized.

In view of the above, can the Commission say:

1. whether or not it can now express an opinion on the subject, in view of this additional information;

2. whether the handover of the Rome Central Dairy to Cirio may excessively strengthen a dominant position
on the market, which harms free competition?

(1) OJ C 158, 25.5.1998, p. 103.

Answer given by Mr Fischler on behalf of the Commission

(3 April 1998)

The Commission is not yet in a position to offer an opinion on a case that requires complex technical study.

Other than the information on the accumulated debts of the Centrale del Latte di Roma set out in the company’s
annual reports, the Commission does not have information on any extra debt of LIT 57 billion mentioned by the
Honourable Member.

As regards the strengthened market position of the buyer, the Commission would inform the Honourable
Member that the national aid granted to cover the running costs of the Centrale del Latte di Roma and the
compatibility of the Municipality of Rome’s privatisation procedure with the Commission’s established practice
in this regard are currently being studied in particular.

(98/C 310/113) WRITTEN QUESTION P-0549/98

by Lyndon Harrison (PSE) to the Commission
(19 February 1998)

Subject: Ill-treatment of children in Greek care centres

A documentary recently broadcast on the British Channel 4 has revealed appalling and unworthy living
conditions for children in a number of Greek care centres.

According to this documentary, dozens of young children in the Government-funded centres in Karditsa and
Serres are not lifted from their cots for years and they never see natural daylight or receive any kind of treatment.
Furthermore, the documentary shows children tied by their arms and legs to their cots and children padlocked in

1. Could the Commission confirm that none of the abovementioned institutions or other centres where
children live under similar conditions have been funded by the EU?

2. What does the Commission intend to do in order to encourage the Greek authorities to abandon these
archaic and distasteful practices?
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Answer given by Mr Flynn on behalf of the Commission

(3 April 1998)

No such centres have been financed through budget line B3-4108, measures in favour of the family and children
since no money is allocated directly to local institutions for running costs. It enables governments, researchers
and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to exchange information or carry out studies.

The Commission has been co-financing a number of seminars to promote the rights of the child and child
protection in several Member States. Representatives from Greece have participated in these. Furthermore a
large conference will be organised in Greece under the patronage of the Commission in May 1998, which will
also promote the well being of the child.

The Commission also finances the Daphne initiative which assists NGOs and voluntary organisations in the
action against violence against women, young people and children. NGOs active in this field may submit
proposals aimed at preventing violence (which includes ill-treatment), and protecting or rehabilitating victims of

The care centres mentioned by the Honourable Member have not received any financing in the context of the
1994-1999 Community support framework for Greece.

(98/C 310/114) WRITTEN QUESTION E-0552/98

by Alexandros Alavanos (GUE/NGL) to the Commission
(4 March 1998)

Subject: Regional operational programme for Attiki − sub-programme 3, measure 1

Measure 1 of sub-programme 3 of the regional operational programme for Attiki concerns construction and
equipping of laboratories for higher educational and technological institutes and the building of 21 secondary
schools. According to the timetable, ECU 66 810 m of the public funds earmarked for this purpose should have
been utilized by the end of 1997.

1. What progress has been made with the projects in questions?

2. How many secondary schools have been built and how many are under construction?

3. If there are delays, where are they occurring and what are the principal reasons for them?

4. Did any modifications occur during the CSF review and what were the budgetary implications thereof?

5. What funds had been utilized by 31.12.1997?

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

(24 April 1998)

According to the financial tables amended on 21 October 1997, public expenditure earmarked for measure 3.1 of
the Attica operational programme (Education) until 1997 totals ECU 55.16 million.

No changes were made to the regional programmes when the Community Support Framework Monitoring
Committee last met, on 31 October 1997.

For technical information and a progress report on the work, the reasons for any delays, and details of the number
of secondary educational establishments planned, the Honourable Member should contact the regional
authorities in Attica that are responsible for the implementation of the CSF.

By the end of 1997 a total of ECU 52.5 million in appropriations had been utilised.