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(98/C 310/159) WRITTEN QUESTION P-0732/98


by Hiltrud Breyer (V) to the Commission
(2 March 1998)

Subject: EU funds for Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland since January 1995

What projects and Funds have provided Community resources for Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland since
January 1995? Who were the beneficiaries and what sums were involved:-
1. for job promotion and combating long-term unemployment? From the European Regional Development
Fund? The European Social Fund. The EAGGF and other EU funds?
2. to promote research and development? In the universities and colleges? In the private sector?
3. to promote relations and trade with the countries of Central and Eastern Europe?
4. from the youth programmes?
5. from the education and training programmes?
6. for women’s projects?
7. for cultural projects?

What is the EU’s assessment of the success of the measures?

How many jobs was it possible to create and for which occupational groups?

Are these jobs temporary or long term?

Supplementary answer
given by Mr Santer on behalf of the Commission
(25 May 1998)

Because of the length of the answer, which includes a number of tables, the Commission is sending it direct to the
Honourable Member and to Parliament’s Secretariat.

(98/C 310/160) WRITTEN QUESTION P-0734/98


by Paul Lannoye (V) to the Commission
(2 March 1998)

Subject: Ban on ’organic farming’ classification in the departments of Aude and Pyrénées Orientales (France)

Since 1994, a series of measures taken by the French Ministry of Agriculture and certain prefectures oblige all
wine growers in the departments of Aude and Pyrénées Orientales to protect all vines against the Flavescence
Dorée virus with synthetic chemical insecticides. This obligation also applies to wine growers using organic
means of production.

Certain ‘organic’ wine growers, having no outbreak of Flavescence Dorée in their vineyards, refused to apply
such preventive treatment.

As a result, the Ministry of Agriculture decided to forbid the ‘Ecocert’ control body from certifying these wine
growers’ vines as ‘organic farming’, even though the vineyards in question fully meet, according to the checks
carried out by ‘Ecocert’, the provisions of Regulation (EEC) No 2092/91 (1) on organic production. These wine
growers have been forced to cease making any reference to organic production.

This withdrawal of the ‘organic farming’ label appears to be in flat contradiction to the provisions of Article 9(2)
and 12 of Regulation (EEC) No 2092/91.
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What steps does the Commission intend to take to allow these wine growers to recover their right to the ‘organic
farming’ classification?

(1) OJ L 198, 22.7.1991, p. 1.

Answer given by Mr Fischler on behalf of the Commission


(8 April 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 310/161) WRITTEN QUESTION E-0739/98


by Klaus Lukas (NI) to the Commission
(18 March 1998)
Subject: Discrimination against non-ABTA travel agents

Documents forwarded to me reveal serious discrimination by regional education authorities in the United
Kingdom against tour operators who do not belong to the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) or do not
have their registered offices in the United Kingdom. Teachers are, for example, instructed by these regional
education authorities on no account to choose non-British tour operators or firms that are not members of ABTA
to arrange a school ski course in Austria. If this instruction is not followed, the course is not approved. This
attitude is all the more incomprehensible as it can hardly be argued that ABTA members provide ’better’
safeguards for the customer’s money since the firm concerned is subject to the Austrian travel agency safeguard
regulation (safeguards for customers’ money), which is equivalent to the British legislation (Package Travel,
Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992) implementing the same EU directive. To be able to offer
to arrange school ski courses, the Austrian firm concerned tried to join ABTA (despite the substantial increase in
costs this would have entailed). This proved impossible, however, because ABTA’s statutes are so worded as de
facto to limit membership to British firms. The attitude of the regional education authorities, especially in
conjunction with the approach adopted by ABTA, is now thwarting all the good intentions associated with the
establishment of the internal market.

1. Is the Commission aware of these events?

2. What does the Commission think of the attitude taken by the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA)
and the British regional education authorities?

3. What does the Commission intend to do about the attitude taken by the Association of British Travel
Agents (ABTA) and the British regional education authorities in this matter?

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 310/162) WRITTEN QUESTION E-0742/98


by Mihail Papayannakis (GUE/NGL) to the Commission
(18 March 1998)

Subject: ‘Western Road Axis’

Will the Commission say what progress has been made so far as regards the ‘Western Road Axis’? Will it also
say whether an environmental impact study has been carried out and what exactly it is planning, since it is
reported that preliminary work on the road and the process of expropriation have already begun, triggering
protests and accusations?