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C 310/122 EN Official Journal of the European Communities 9. 10.


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

(16 April 1998)

The ‘main roads’ operational programme in the Community support framework (CSF) for Greece for 1994-99
provides part-financing only for construction of two sections of the ‘western axis’: the ring roads around Agrinio
and Preveza. The Greek authorities intend to propose part-financing the remainder of this route from the CSF for
2000-06. To this end, when the current CSF was recently amended, they proposed, and the Commission
accepted, the part-financing of studies on this route, including the environmental impact statements. As far as the
Commission is aware, these studies have not yet begun.

The environmental and technical studies on the ring roads around Agrinio and Preveza have, however, been
completed and the environmental terms approved in accordance with the legislation in force.

(98/C 310/163) WRITTEN QUESTION E-0745/98

by Glyn Ford (PSE) to the Commission
(18 March 1998)

Subject: Cheque book eugenics

Will the Commission investigate the policy pursued by the ‘Front National’ in Vitrolles, whereby white French
families are paid FRF 5000 to have a child, in order to ensure that there is no discrimination against citizens of the
European Union, in particular black European citizens who have the misfortune to live in Vitrolles?

Answer given by Mr Flynn on behalf of the Commission

(16 April 1998)

The Commission has not received specific complaints concerning racial policies by the authorities of Vitrolles
against black European nationals.

Nevertheless, the Commission wishes to highlight that Article 48 of the EC Treaty and Regulation (EEC)
No 1612/68 of the Council of 15 October 1968 on freedom of movement for workers within the Community (1)
provide for the principle of equal treatment as regards social advantages between nationals and other European
workers and the members of their families. Thus, if the authorities of Vitrolles were to refuse child allowances to
non-French European workers or to the members of their families while granting them to French nationals, such
discrimination would be contrary to Community law. However, the implementation of national legislation, if
any, prohibiting racial discrimination is a matter of national competence.

Furthermore, as announced in its recent Action plan against racism, subject to ratification of the Amsterdam
Treaty, the Commission intends to make a legislative proposal in this area before the end of 1999.

(1) OJ L 257, 19.10.1968.

(98/C 310/164) WRITTEN QUESTION E-0751/98

by Allan Macartney (ARE) to the Commission
(18 March 1998)

Subject: Assistance measures for foreign inward investment within the Community

Can the Commission provide statistics on the scale of assistance measures which Member State governments
give to companies based in other Member States in order to encourage foreign inward investment? Are any
national statistics available for the Member States which show the difference between assistance measures
provided for national companies and those which come from other Member States?
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Answer given by Mr Van Miert on behalf of the Commission

(29 April 1998)

The Commission does not possess the information requested by the Honourable Member since the fact as to
whether or not an investment is of national origin is not one of the criteria for appraising the compatibility of state
aid with the common market. Such information is not provided by Member States when notifying plans for
granting aid or in their annual reports on the application of aid approved by the Commission. By the same token,
the Commission does not have at its disposal national statistics showing the differences referred to by the
Honourable Member.

(98/C 310/165) WRITTEN QUESTION E-0753/98

by Joan Colom i Naval (PSE) to the Commission
(18 March 1998)

Subject: Outstanding appropriations (RAL) in various Community programmes

Could the Commission indicate the amount of appropriations outstanding (RAL) on 31 December 1997, stating
whether the appropriations were committed in 1997, 1996, 1995, 1994, 1993 or earlier, for the programmes or
budgetary headings shown below?
1. Framework research programme,
4. MEDA,
5. B7-30 – Cooperation with the Asian developing countries, and
6. B7-31 – Cooperation with the Latin American developing countries.

Answer given by Mr Liikanen on behalf of the Commission

(26 May 1998)

The Commission is sending direct to the Honourable Member and to Parliament’s Secretariat a table containing
the information requested.

(98/C 310/166) WRITTEN QUESTION P-0759/98

by Christa Randzio-Plath (PSE) to the Commission
(2 March 1998)

Subject: Information on the disbursement of EU funds for Hamburg from 1995 to date

What amount of EU appropriations, from which programmes and funds, has been disbursed for the benefit of
Hamburg since 1995?
1. to promote employment in Hamburg
a) from the European Regional Development Fund
b) from the European Social Fund
c) from the European Agricultural Guarantee and Guidance Fund (EAGGF) and other EU resources
d) special initiatives to promote women’s interests.
2. to combat long-term unemployment
3. to promote R&D projects
a) for the University of Hamburg
b) for the Hamburg Technische Hochschule (Technical Higher Education Institute)