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98 EN Official Journal of the European Communities C 310/87

(98/C 310/115) WRITTEN QUESTION E-0554/98


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

Subject: Regional Operational Programme for Attiki − sub-programme 2 measure 2

Sub-programme 2, measure 2 of the Regional Operational Programme for Attiki is concerned with measures in
the fields of development and transport improvement and refers to natural history parks and areas. According to
the timetable, ECU 5990 million of the public funds earmarked for this purpose should have been utilized by the
end of 1997.

1. What progress had been made by the sub-programme and what projects are now underway?

2. If there have been delays, where have they occurred and what are the principal reasons for them?

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

4. What proportion of the funds had been utilized by 31 December 1997?

5. Were the necessary steps taken by the Ministries for Environment, Town Planning and Public Works and
Development for the creation of natural history parks and areas?

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


(7 May 1998)

According to the financing tables amended on 21 October 1997, public expenditure programmed until 1997 for
measure 2.2 of the operational programme for Attiki (industrial estates) amounts to ECU 1 million.

This measure has not really started yet, mainly because of problems with the legal framework of the industrial
estates. Only certain studies are already underway. A review of the situation in the near future might result in this
measure being amended to take account of the delay.

(98/C 310/116) WRITTEN QUESTION E-0556/98


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

Subject: Regional Operational Programme for Attiki − sub-programme 2, measure 3 (Eleon)

Sub-programme 2, measure 3 of the Regional Operational Programme for Attiki includes the measures for the
development and improvement for the area of Eleon which are described as being of major in strategic
importance for Athens.Under the timetable, ECU 13 208 million of the public funding earmarked for this purpose
should have been utilized by the end of 1997.

1. What progress has been made by the sub-programme and what projects have been completed?

2. If there have been delays, where have they occurred and what were the principal reasons for them?

3. Did any delays occur during the CSF review? What were the budgetary implications of these delays?

4. What funds had been utilized by 31 December 1997?

5. Has the bill containing detailed provisions for the creation of an industrial area been adopted to facilitate the
transfer of industries from Eleon to other areas?

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


(27 April 1998)

According to the financial tables amended on 21 October 1997, public expenditure earmarked for measure 2.3 of
the operational programme for Attica (Eleon) until 1997 totals ECU 1.1 million.

The study dealing with spatial development in the Eleon region is under preparation. It must be completed before
the go-ahead is given to work to be carried out in the region.
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No changes were made to the regional programmes when the Community Support Framework Monitoring
Committee last met, on 31 October 1997.

By the end of 1997 a total of ECU 0.4 million in appropriations had been utilised.

Law No 2545/97 on industrial areas was adopted by Greece’s Parliament on 15 December 1997.

(98/C 310/117) WRITTEN QUESTION E-0557/98


by Phillip Whitehead (PSE) to the Commission
(4 March 1998)

Subject: Telecommunications base stations

Given the concerns about the public health effects of telecommunications equipment, has the Commission
carried out any research to assess the effects of locating telecommunications sites in close proximity to
residential areas?

Can the Commission confirm whether or not any Member States place restrictions on the location of
telecommunications sites or the height of telecommunications masts?

Answer given by Mr Flynn on behalf of the Commission


(3 April 1998)

The Commission has invited a group of eminent experts to look into possible adverse health effects from
radiofrequencies. The group reviewed available research, identified gaps where co-ordinated studies should be
undertaken in order to obtain better data, and proposed research areas where data are still lacking. The experts’
report can be found at the website www.ispo.cec.be/infosoc/telecompolicy/en.

The experts’ recommendations for future work have been taken into account in the proposals on the fifth
framework programme for research and technological development (RT&D).

As regards concerns about telecommunication base stations the Honourable Member is also referred to the
replies the Commission gave to written questions E-737/96 by Mr Malone (1), E-2304/96 by Mr Needle (2) and
E-1593/97 by Mr Waddington (3).

The Commission has no specific information on Member States’ restrictions on the location or height of
telecommunications installations.

(1) OJ C 217, 26.7.1996.


(2) OJ C 385, 19.12.1996.
(3) OJ C 391, 23.12.1997.

(98/C 310/118) WRITTEN QUESTION E-0560/98


by Jesús Cabezón Alonso (PSE) to the Commission
(4 March 1998)

Subject: Incorporation of Community social law into domestic law

Which Member States have not incorporated Community social law into their own domestic law in the following
areas:
− protection of young people at work;
− European works councils;
− arrangement of working hours;
− equality between men and women in employment-related social security schemes?