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C 135/46 Official Journal of the European Communities EN 14.5.


decision in the light of these considerations and of the evolution of the democratic process in Togo on
whether to pursue these consultations. Since 1993, EU development cooperation with Togo has been
partially suspended.

In the meantime the Council will continue to follow closely the political situation and do everything in its
power to encourage the development of democracy in Togo.

(1999/C 135/053) WRITTEN QUESTION E-2367/98

by Graham Watson (ELDR) to the Commission

(27 July 1998)

Subject: Foreign prisoners held in French jails under Article 752

In France, convicted drug-traffickers must pay the street value of the drugs in their possession or, if the
fine is over FF 500 000, must serve up to another two years in addition to their basic sentence. During that
time, foreign nationals are eligible neither for transfer to their home country nor for parole.

Would the Commission support proposals to allow prisoners from the EU to serve these last two years of
their sentence in the Member State of origin?

Answer given by Mrs Gradin on behalf of the Commission

(16 September 1998)

Arrangements for the transfer of sentenced persons between the Member States are primarily governed by
the Council of Europe convention on the transfer of sentenced persons of 21 March 1983.

The transfer of a person under this convention is subject to a number of conditions including the consent
of the person concerned and the agreement of the sentencing state and the state to which the person is to be
transferred. In accordance with the Convention the person concerned must be informed about the
Convention by the sentencing state and may make known to either stated his interest in being transferred.
It is possible for either state to apply for the transfer to take place.

Within the Union judicial co-operation is a matter of common interest in accordance with Title VI of the
Treaty on the European Union. According to these provisions as they currently stand, the Commission is
not in a position to take action in this field, but such an initiative must come from the Member States.

(1999/C 135/054) WRITTEN QUESTION E-2368/98

by Daniel Varela Suanzes-Carpegna (PPE) to the Commission

(27 July 1998)

Subject: Reform of the FIFG and assistance for joint ventures

The restructuring of the fisheries sector through the setting-up of joint ventures under the current FIFG has
proved highly effective in terms of job- and wealth-creation in the European Union.