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C 110 E/112 Official Journal of the European Union EN 8.5.


(2003/C 110 E/116) WRITTEN QUESTION E-2829/02

by Struan Stevenson (PPE-DE) to the Commission

(9 October 2002)

Subject: Illegal driftnetting

European press reports and anecdotal information point to the continued use of pelagic driftnets by boats
of at least two European Union countries, despite the full prohibition coming into force in January 2002.

Can the Commission include whether it has any additional information on the continued use of such
driftnets, what measures are being adopted by Member States to ensure compliance with Regulation (EC)
1239/98 (1), and what measures the Commission intends to take against Member States that still allow
fishing boats to use driftnets?

(1) OJ L 171, 17.6.1998, p. 1.

Answer given by Mr Fischler on behalf of the Commission

(31 October 2002)

The Commission is engaged in a programme, covering the whole fishing year, of ad hoc missions by its
inspectors to verify on the spot that Community vessels (and non-EU vessels operating in Community
waters) are complying with Regulation (EC) No 1239/98 (1) prohibiting driftnet fishing for highly
migratory species. It wishes to stress the cooperation extended by the Member States’ authorities in
execution of this programme.

Despite the provisions adopted by the Member States to ensure respect for the rules a number of
infringements have been detected.

At the end of the inspection programme a comprehensive assessment will be made on the basis of which
the Commission will decide on any action to be taken against Member States.

(1) Council Regulation (EC) No 1239/98 of 8 June 1998 amending Regulation (EC) No 894/97 laying down certain
technical measures for conservation of fishery resources, OJ L 171, 17.6.1998.

(2003/C 110 E/117) WRITTEN QUESTION E-2835/02

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

(9 October 2002)

Subject: EU assistance for bottling Malaga wine

On Spain’s entry to the European Union in 1986, the majority of Andalusian wine was sold abroad
unbottled. Wine producers in Jerez have almost entirely abandoned the practice, but a third of all Malaga
wines are still exported unbottled.

Although about two million litres of Malaga wine are produced every year, only a third is exported, and of
that only a third is bottled. However, Malaga wine producers are determined that in five years’ time all
Malaga wine will be sold in bottled form, which will avoid its inclusion on the list of semi-generics, a
denomination category which is not respected abroad, particularly in the United States.

Will the Commission indicate to what extent it will support the Malaga wine producers’ aims to ensure
that in five years all Malaga wine will be exported in bottled form with a denomination of origin?