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98 EN Official Journal of the European Communities C 310/115

(98/C 310/152) WRITTEN QUESTION E-0664/98

by Undine-Uta Bloch von Blottnitz (V) to the Commission
(10 March 1998)

Subject: Germany’s failure to implement EU legislation on the protection of species

Since 1 June 1997 the trade in species of fauna and flora protected by the Washington Convention on the
protection of species has been regulated in the EU exclusively by Council Regulation (EC) No 338/97 (1).
Germany has so far failed to honour its commitment as a Member State to implement this legislation. In
particular, no penalties or confiscatory measures (as called for in Article 16 of the regulation) have yet been
introduced. There are still no penalties for the import and export, purchase, offer to purchase, acquisition for
commercial purposes, display to the public and use for commercial gain and for the sale, offering for sale or
transporting of the species listed in Annexes A and B to the regulation. Application of ordinary customs and
public order legislation is not enough. On the contrary. The responsible prosecution services are currently
dropping proceedings for breaches of the legislation on the protection of species. Implementation of the EU
regulation is not at present imminent in Germany. A complaint on these lines from the Committee Against the
Murder of Birds is pending at the Commission under File No 97/4604SG(97) A/11682/2.

1. How does the Commission view the behaviour of the Federal Republic of Germany?

2. What steps has it so far taken to induce Germany to implement the above regulation and what steps will it
be taking to ensure in particular that the obligations arising from Article 16 thereof are at long last also applied in

(1) OJ L 61, 3.3.1997, p. 1.

Answer given by Mrs Bjerregaard on behalf of the Commission

(30 April 1998)

At present the Commission is following the implementation, application and enforcement in all Member States
including Germany of Council Regulation (EC) No 338/97 of 9 December 1996 on the protection of species of
wild fauna and flora by regulating trade therein. The Commission seeks to ensure correct implementation
through bilateral and multilateral contacts and, where necessary, legal proceedings.

(98/C 310/153) WRITTEN QUESTION E-0665/98

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

Subject: Employment of teachers in extra tuition programme for Greek lower secondary schools

The resolution of the Amsterdam European Council (1) on growth and employment begins: ‘It is imperative to
give a new impulse for keeping employment at the top of the political agenda of the European Union.’ The
chapter on the organization of working time of Parliament’s proposal to the extraordinary meeting of the
European Council on employment states that where overtime is structural in nature, firms, unions and employers
should reduce it and create additional jobs.

In Greece, extra tuition has been introduced as part of the package of measures designed to support the
comprehensive secondary school system, which is funded through the Community Support Framework. Tuition
is to be provided mainly by teachers who already hold posts working overtime, whereas there are thousands of
teachers unemployed.

What measures will the Commission take to fill these new posts, which are being financed through the
Community Support framework, with unemployed teachers?

(1) OJ C 236, 2.8.1997, p. 3.

C 310/116 EN Official Journal of the European Communities 9. 10. 98

Answer given by Mr Flynn on behalf of the Commission

(16 April 1998)

The extra tuition courses to which the Honourable Member refers are for pupils in upper secondary education, in
particular in the recently established integrated (or unified) lyceum. The aim of these courses, organised at this
first transitional phase, is to help students adapt to the new requirements of the integrated lyceum (new courses,
new curricula, new didactic approach). Their nature is temporary rather than structural and they will be given up
to the end of the current Community support framework (CSF).

In addition, in the technical sheet of the action, the Greek authorities which implement the operation, explain that
‘the teachers for the extra tuition courses are to be chosen by the teachers’ association, in co-operation with
school counsellors ... from neighbouring school units, or from among highly qualified teachers still without a
post ...’. Moreover ‘the teachers of a particular extra tuition section must not be those who give the corresponding
regular classes to the pupils in question’.

(98/C 310/154) WRITTEN QUESTION E-0668/98

by Sir Jack Stewart-Clark (PPE) to the Commission
(10 March 1998)

Subject: Commission proposal for levy on blank tapes

I understand there is a Commission proposal to provide compensation to copyright holders for audio
reproduction of their material by adding a levy to the cost of blank tapes, recording and copying equipment.

Such a proposal would have serious financial consequences on the local Talking Newspaper Associations in the
UK. The Talking Newspaper Associations provide a valuable service for the blind and partially sighted persons
by keeping them informed of news and events. Recordings are made onto blank cassette tapes and distributed
free of charge to listeners.

Does the Commission intend to permit exceptions to this proposal to exempt non-commercial services, charities
and Talking Newspaper Associations from having to pay a levy on recordings into blank cassettes?

Answer given by Mr Monti on behalf of the Commission

(8 May 1998)

The Commission is conducting a detailed investigation of the problem raised by the Honourable Member and
will inform him of the outcome as soon as possible.

(98/C 310/155) WRITTEN QUESTION E-0680/98

by Roberta Angelilli (NI) to the Commission
(10 March 1998)

Subject: Funding for consumer associations

A number of articles have appeared in the Italian press concerning alleged funding from the European Union for
certain consumer associations, including ACU, FEDERCONSUMATORI and CODACONS.

Can the Commission say:

1. whether the alleged funding has actually been granted and, if so, on the basis of which programmes;
2. whether there are Community programmes which specifically envisage the granting of funding to consumer