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C 40/408 Official Journal of the European Communities EN 7.2.

2001

Thursday 13 April 2000

Exclusion of Flax and Fléchard cases

20. Expects the Court of Auditors to submit as soon as possible its findings concerning the allegations
made in December 1998 that Commission officials and members of Commissioners’ private offices had
arbitrarily reduced the penalty from € 17,6 million to € 3 million in what is known as the Fléchard case;

21. Looks forward to receiving a full report from the Anti-Fraud Office, following the latter’s request of
7 June 1999 to the Spanish judicial authorities for an inquiry into the possible abuse of the flax aid
regime, in the light of a 500-fold increase in production between 1993 and 1998;

22. Asks the Commission to present full reports on the export refund system and the flax and hemp
mechanism explaining why the above-mentioned failures took place as well as on the measures already
taken and planned to ensure that they will not be repeated;

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23. Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Commission, the Council, the Court of Jus-
tice, the Court of Auditors and the European Investment Bank.

6. Control of EAGGF Guarantee Section expenditure *

A5-0079/2000

Proposal for a Council regulation amending Regulation (EC) No 723/97 on the implementation of
Member States’ action programmes on control of EAGGF Guarantee Section expenditure
(COM(1999) 169 . C4-0225/1999 . 1999/0091(CNS))

The proposal was amended as follows:

TEXT PROPOSED AMENDMENTS
BY THE COMMISSION (1) BY PARLIAMENT

(Amendment 1)
Citation 1
having regard to the Treaty establishing the European having regard to the Treaty establishing the European
Community, and in particular Article 37 thereof Community, and in particular Article 280(4) thereof,

(Amendment 2)
ARTICLE 1
Article 5a (Regulation (EC) No 723/97)
Within the limits of the financial resources available the Com- Within the limits of the financial resources available the Com-
mission may, under this Regulation, provide part-financing of mission may, under this Regulation, provide part-financing of
50 % of the additional expenditure incurred by carrying out addi- 50 % of the additional expenditure incurred by Member States
tional controls in particular cases where the Commission asks the in particular cases where the Commission asks them to carry
Member States to carry out a number of controls in certain sec- out a number of controls in certain sectors considerably above
tors considerably above the minimum rate laid down in other the minimum rate laid down in other Regulations.
Regulations.
The expenditure in question may not cover staff costs or costs The expenditure in question shall cover the administrative
normally incurred under Article 1(4) of Regulation (EEC) and staffing costs incurred by the Commission in adminis-
No 729/70. tering this scheme but may not cover staff costs or costs nor-
mally incurred by Member States and aid recipients under
Article 1(4) of Regulation (EEC) No 729/70.

(1) OJ C137, 18.5.1999, p. 8.