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1999 EN Official Journal of the European Communities C 297/103

Within the pig sector markets are expected to regulate themselves, so market prices reflect the balance of
supply and demand. However, the Commission has some limited possibilities to intervene in the market when
necessary, and is now using the full range of measures available to support the pigmeat market.

In general the current market organization in pigmeat has functioned quite well. European pig markets have
experienced many low price periods and each time pig farming has emerged with improved efficiency and a
better structure.

Various new ideas for amending the market organization have been put forward by some Member States and
discussed by the management committee for pigmeat on 4 November 1998. The idea of withdrawing sows
from production was also discussed in this framework. However, the result of this discussion was to
concentrate all efforts on traditional market support measures.

(1999/C 297/139) WRITTEN QUESTION E-3786/98

by Anita Pollack (PSE) to the Commission

(11 December 1998)

Subject: Public information about cargo on passenger flights

It has come to my attention that radioactive material is sometimes transported as cargo on passenger flights.

1. Does not the Commission feel that the public is entitled to be informed as to which flights carry this type
of cargo?

2. Why is such cargo not transported solely on cargo flights?

(1999/C 297/140) WRITTEN QUESTION E-3787/98

by Anita Pollack (PSE) to the Commission

(11 December 1998)

Subject: Transport of radioactive material by air

Can the Commission list all the companies in the EU which are licensed to transport radioactive material by

Joint answer
to Written Questions E-3786/98 and E-3787/98
given by Mr Kinnock on behalf of the Commission

(16 February 1999)

The transport of radioactive material is organised in accordance with the regulations of the International
Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and implemented for air transport by the technical requirements adopted
within the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), which are currently applied by all Member States.
Such requirements apply equally to cargo and passenger flights. Any air carrier licensed for the carriage of
freight is entitled to carry such material, provided it applies the related requirements (mainly through design
and strength of packaging).

Since the Commission considers that the application of these requirements provides the necessary guarantees
for the safe transport of such materials it has not made any proposals for Community legislation in this sphere.

This issue 7 like others relating to safety 7 is naturally subject to continual consideration. Responsible
authorities would respond to any change in circumstances that altered the present levels of safety.