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C 81 E/74 Official Journal of the European Communities EN 4.4.

2002

Associations, voluntary bodies and other non-governmental organisations in Europe. In particular it aims
to act as a launching pad for new initiatives linking major European Foundations, focusing on projects
which place the emphasis on innovative approaches in the social and political fields’.

The main projects (in terms of amount granted) carried out by the AICE up to 1997 concerned projects in
the social economy sector, town twinning and for advancing the idea of Europe.

As stated, the AICE has not received any Community funding since 1997. No audits have been carried out
on the implementation of the funds received up to 1997 though of course the accounts on the use of the
grant had to be approved before the files were closed.

(2002/C 81 E/086) WRITTEN QUESTION E-1914/01


by Salvador Garriga Polledo (PPE-DE) to the Commission

(28 June 2001)

Subject: Incentives for undertakings to adapt to the euro

With only eight months left before the single European currency comes into circulation, the proportion of
undertakings in the EU that have adapted to the euro remains a mere one-third: for many businesses, the
euro is something to be dealt with in due course rather than an immediate cause for concern.

However, concrete measures are required to bridge the present gap and to provide incentives for
undertakings so that the cost of adaptation to the euro (between EUR 2 000 and EUR 6 000) can be
subsidised.

What action does the Commission intend to take to create incentives to help those undertakings which
have still not adapted to the euro to do so by providing subsidies of some kind to meet the adaptation
costs?

Answer given by Mr Solbes Mira on behalf of the Commission

(18 September 2001)

The Ministers of Finance have adopted the general principle that each participant is to cover the costs it
incurs when switching to the euro. Within the limits of this framework, many Member States have decided
to cover the one-off costs arising from the introduction and withdrawal of banknotes and coins (e.g. the
costs of handling, counting and transporting them) and even to take tax measures to facilitate the
adaptation of cash registers (accelerated depreciation, deduction of charges, etc). Measures of this kind are
the responsibility of the national authorities, not the Commission.

(2002/C 81 E/087) WRITTEN QUESTION E-1917/01


by Jorge Hernández Mollar (PPE-DE) to the Commission

(28 June 2001)

Subject: Elimination of EU tobacco production aids

Spanish tobacco producers, along with their counterparts in other Member States, have taken a firm stand
against the Commission’s intended elimination of tobacco production aids, in view of the major social and
economic role played by this production in regions such as Andalusia where no alternative crops exist.

Tobacco production provides 6 500 Spanish growers with a living. Some 30 000 households, who have
received EU funding to the sum of ESP 18 billion, are directly or indirectly affected by what happens in the
sector.